Clichés often have some basis in truth, and the old adage “it’s all about who you know” is no exception. At a time when 85% of all jobs are filled through connections and employees with friends at work are more likely to be engaged in their careers, strong professional relationships are key in getting your foot in the door and a leg up the ladder. But since the unwritten rules of networking seem to change faster than you can refresh your LinkedIn profile, it can be puzzling to figure out how best to proceed.
Whether you’re a recent college graduate with just a handful of off-campus contacts to your name or a seasoned professional looking to elevate your decades-old relationships, we want to help you strengthen the quality of your network. So we’re launching “Career Challenge: Build Stronger Relationships In 15 Days.”
Every weekday for the next three weeks, we’ll challenge you to tackle another aspect of your relationship-building efforts, from boosting your emotional intelligence and practicing active listening to making authentic connections and learning to navigate conflict. Since everyone has a different career path, we can’t guarantee that completing this challenge will earn you a network of genuine contacts right away—but we know that if you join us on this journey, you’ll be better equipped to make the most and best of your relationships.
If you’re ready to get started, tune in here, Monday through Friday, for each day’s topic, and follow along with your future connections on Forbes’ LinkedIn. Today’s challenge is below.
Day 1: Rethink relationships
Day 2: Establish your goals
Day 3: Boost your emotional intelligence
Day 4: Refine your communication skills
Day 5: Practice active listening
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