For many of us, networking can
be downright intimidating. Whether you're in need of a
full-time job or looking for supplemental freelance/contract
opportunities, the thought of schmoozing with people who can
assist you can seem like a painful, manipulative, or
insincere task. If your idea of the perfect schmoozer is
someone insanely outgoing -- not to mention shallow -- then
you need to rethink the art of making contacts. The truth
is, networking is about building sincere, productive
relationships that are based on respect and the willingness
to keep in touch.
What's more, the people who can point
you in the right direction are the same ones who might need
your help later on. It's a two-way street. You're not asking
for a handout -- you have something to give as well, like
offering advice and sharing your expertise. And don't forget
to update your contacts when things are going great, too,
like sharing your accomplishments and pointing out job
openings at your company. Keeping in touch is easy through
sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook,
and Twitter. Or perhaps you prefer the in-person approach
via lunch dates, parties, and conferences. In either case,
start with a base of friends, family, and coworkers (past
and present), and watch your network grow
So what are your schmoozing strengths? Using your natural
talents, as indicated by your Sun and ascendant signs below,
will help you be both authentic and effective while
thoughtfulness and perceptiveness, mixed with a certain
mystique, draw contacts into your networking circle. By
heeding your intuition,
you'll be naturally drawn to people who can assist you.
Conversely, your compassionate nature is always ready to
lend a helping hand. You'll just need to keep your goals
strongly in mind so you don't get distracted by the needs of
enthusiasm for new plans, projects, and people make you a
natural networker, if you don't let fear of rejection stymie
your efforts. People are intrigued by your high energy and
definite opinions. Your competitive, self-centered nature
can be both a draw and a turnoff, so consider the needs of
others when you're making contacts.
are drawn to your genuineness and aura of dependability. You
have a subtle but powerful charisma that attracts people who
can assist you. However, this attractiveness can also make
you lazy, so you may need to be more outgoing in seeking out
contacts. Once you make a contact, though, you're excellent
at keeping them in the loop.
curiosity about people make you a natural networker. You can
talk to just about anyone. Plus, you have an abundance of
witty and knowledgeable tidbits to share, which makes you
both valuable and entertaining as a contact. Just remember
to listen closely to others when they have something to
ability to connect emotionally with people can inspire a
devoted following of contacts. You also have a feel for what
the public wants and needs, which makes you a valuable
person to know. However, you're way more comfortable with
people in your inner circle, so you may need to network with
someone who can make some introductions.
you're a lion that roars or a lion that purrs, people are
drawn to your compelling charisma, creativity, and confidence.
As such, in-person networking may work best for you. Your
generous nature is quick to open doors for others, but if
you're the one in need of a break, your pride may keep you
from asking for assistance.
are attracted to your expertise and quiet self-assurance,
and you'll go out of your way to help others find success.
You have the ability to see opportunities that others
overlook. It's obvious when talking to you that you have
high standards. Just remember that a contact or opportunity
doesn't have to be perfect to be valuable.
obvious interest in people empowers your talent for
networking. Charming and
intelligent, you're a magnet for a wide range of contacts,
which can be superficial if you don't develop at least some
these relationships further. Still, this large networking
circle, along with your strong sense of give-and-take,
enables you manifest opportunities.
have a talent for finding people who can assist you, and
you're not above using your contacts to the fullest of their
abilities. It's a testament to your intense passion, focus,
and personal power that your contacts usually don't mind
being used by you. After all, you bring out their best, to
the benefit of both parties.
outgoing, optimistic nature is a beacon for contacts, not to
mention lucky opportunities. People just know you have
something fantastic up your sleeve, even if it seems like a
pie-in-the-sky venture. By seeing the bigger picture, and
with a touch of serendipity, you'll often pull it off, too.
Just don't promise more than you can deliver.
are drawn to your integrity, strong goals, and grounded
approach to life. You may not be the most sociable person in
group settings, but you will pursue contacts who can open
doors for you. However, you may need to share your lighter,
fun-loving side while networking, so people see get a deeper
sense of who you are.
ability to excel in group gatherings and online networking
allows you to make contacts easily. People are attracted to
your inner brilliance and unique individuality. Likewise,
your interest in talented, brilliant people from different
backgrounds energizes your networking circle. Keeping your
goals in mind while networking, so you're not just
socializing, is the challenge.