Weak Ties, Big Results: How to Network Beyond Your Inner Circle (Part 3 of 3)

May 21, 2024   |   Season: 3 Episode: 3   |   Transcript

Emily Christakis, NCRW

Connecting people to work they love has been the hallmark of Emily’s career in human resources. She brings 15 years of experience spearheading organizational and talent development initiatives in global organizations spanning the mobile solutions, financial services and non-profit sectors. (UBS, Nokia, and Girl Scouts of the USA) Shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2018, she took the plunge and launched her own career coaching practice. Her clients range from early career professionals to executives, including contracting with Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. She is a Nationally Certified Résumé Writer, one of fewer than <70 people to hold this distinction from the nation’s only non-profit dedicated to increasing the visibility of the industry, encouraging ethical practices, and raising industry standards. She is a LinkedIn Top Job Search Strategies Voice and “Ask the Experts” contributor for the National Resume Writers’ Association. Emily holds an MS in Counseling from Fordham University and a BS in Business Administration from St. John’s University. Her graduate work focused on career counseling theory and putting it into practice, including interpreting career and personality assessments.

Show Notes

Feeling stuck in your job search? Emily Christakis, NCRW, tells us how to gain all-access to the hidden job market through networking. This episode is packed with actionable advice to help you build your confidence, expand your network and move forward. 

Here are the key takeaways:

Weak Ties Theory

  • Weak ties refer to infrequent contacts in your network, like old colleagues or acquaintances.
  • These connections are valuable because they expose you to new job opportunities you might not otherwise find through your close network.
  • A LinkedIn study confirmed that weak ties lead to a higher likelihood of job mobility compared to strong ties.
  • Actionable Tip: Expand your network beyond close friends and family. Reach out to old colleagues or acquaintances in person, via text and email, or on LinkedIn and let them know you’re looking for new opportunities.

Imposter Syndrome

  • Imposter syndrome is the feeling of doubt and inadequacy despite your accomplishments.
  • It can manifest as negative self-talk, perfectionism, and downplaying your achievements.
  • Actionable Tip: When experiencing imposter syndrome, challenge your automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and replace them with evidence of your skills and experience.

Resources Referenced:

A Massive LinkedIn Study Reveals Who Actually Helps You Get That Job

The power of weak ties in gaining new employment

Lisa Orbé-Austin, PhD


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