Career Advancement Tip #45*

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The foundation of all your networking efforts will be the creation of ta granular database. This is a term I borrowed from digital media, a field in which I worked as a consultant for about nine years.  (Note: When you’re a freelancer and you have clients – people with whom you work on a contract basis. – you call yourself a “consultant.”).

Your granular database should be both electronic and portable, residing in whatever device you carry around at all times-your smart phone, iPad or laptop. You never know when and where you’ll need to connect with someone and you’ll want your database accessible.  

A traditional contacts database – it was called a “Rolodex” back in the day – contained the names of one’s contacts along with their phone numbers and addresses. A granular database includes these and so much more:

  • Places they’ve lived
  • Places they’ve worked including their job titles
  • Names of their significant others, children and pets
  • Important dates in their lives
  • Their hobbies and interests
  • Their personality traits and quirks, pet peeves and behaviors or “sweet spots”

Read more about this Tip in  *101 Ways to Find Work…And Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career!  By “Dr. Chaz” Austin

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