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Build Your Dream Network

51 EpisodesProduced by Kelly HoeyWebsite

Do you cringe when you hear the word “networking” even though you know you need to do it? If you think networking is just schmoozing at cocktail parties and other cringe-worthy social interactions, then fear no more! Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network, is here to reframe the essential sk… read more

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Ghosting And Being Ghosted During A Job Search

September 8th, 2020


A whopping 93 percent of respondents to a recent LinkedIn poll said they had by ghosted by a potential employer during the interview process. …

Don't Use Your Network Like A Web Browser

September 1st, 2020


Does the way you ask questions of your network mirror the way you search the internet? In this episode, Kelly shows how your career networking …

Do You Hate To Ask For Help?

August 25th, 2020


If you hesitate to ask your network for help, you're not alone. This reluctance can stem from feeling we don't deserve assistance or fearing we'll get rejected. Or often we simply don't want to inconvenience the other …

Stop Asking To "Grab A Coffee" to Land a Job Interview

August 18th, 2020


If you think reaching out to request a meeting over coffee will result in a job interview, think again. This job search advice is definitely out of …

Closing The Networking Gap

August 11th, 2020


The networking gap--the advantage some people have over others based on who they know or the resources they have access to--persists even in our hyper-connected digital networking world. In this episode, Kelly addresses …

How to Network at Online Conferences and Virtual Events

August 4th, 2020


Is it still even possible to network and connect with others at conferences and events, now that they've mostly gone online for the time being? The answer is yes, and Kelly's digital networking strategies in this …

Think Like A Marketer

July 28th, 2020


Networking can sometimes feel like sales. In this episode, Kelly challenges you to ditch the selling mode for some marketing savvy and approach …

The Power of Peer Networks

July 21st, 2020


Your most important career network is one you're likely ignoring: your peers. This week on the podcast, Kelly explains why you should be actively …

Listener Questions about Networking

July 14th, 2020


In this episode, Kelly answers several listener questions she's received, including requests for advice from a stay-at-home mom returning to work, a recent undergrad who studied overseas and doesn't know how to …

Ditch the Boring Bio

July 7th, 2020


When everyone's professional bios look the same, does anyone stand out? Following industry norms and expectations when it comes to drafting your bio …

Maximize Your Potential at Your Own Pace--with Maxie McCoy

June 23rd, 2020


Kelly connects with Maxie McCoy for a conversation on how to let go of uncertainty, shed the expectations of others, and stop comparing your career …

How To Hack A Summer Internship Experience

June 16th, 2020


The summer internship provides valuable career experience for students. So what do you do if your internship is cancelled, either due to the current coronavirus epidemic or something else entirely? In this episode, …

Intentional Career Development--with Sherrell Dorsey

June 9th, 2020


Kelly interviews Sherrell Dorsey, founder of The Plug on topics ranging from how to network in a new community to why slowing down to listen is a good career strategy when you're starting out. Learn how Sherrell is …

How to Deal with Rejection

May 26th, 2020


Rejection is painful and, unfortunately, a regular part of our professional lives. If we can't dull the blows, can we at least lessen the sting of …

Planning Your Workforce Re-Entry

May 19th, 2020


Re-entering the workforce at any point in your career can be a daunting endeavor, whether you were involuntarily laid off or you chose to go out on …

Reinventing Your Career

May 12th, 2020


Factors outside of your control can suddenly topple your career plans. In this episode, Kelly interviews workforce transformation leader Joyce …

Positioning Yourself For Job Search Success

May 5th, 2020


Not only are we living longer and choosing to extend our work lives past the traditional age of retirement, but today, many people are also facing an unexpected job search as factors like the COVID-19 crisis have …

What To Post or Share With Others While Your Career Is On Hold

April 28th, 2020


Wondering what updates to share with your network when you’re looking for career opportunities? Or whether it is OK to put a cancelled internship on …

When To Do The Work For Free

April 21st, 2020


When should you consider giving away your skills and talents for free and when is it a waste of your time? In this episode, Kelly explores requests …

Ask Your Network For Feedback

April 14th, 2020


Have you ever sought career advice or feedback from your network on your professional strengths? In this episode of the podcast Kelly shares how her own network has inspired her to pursue new, previously unimaginable …

Don't Pause Your Networking, But Proceed With Care

April 7th, 2020


This episode focuses on both your self-care and the care of your network. We all react to crises differently, and it can be easy to forget others may …

Create Virtual Water Cooler Moments

March 31st, 2020


What is a virtual water cooler moment? It's leveraging digital tools in imaginative  ways to simulate IRL interactions with coworkers, colleagues, …

Just Checking In

March 24th, 2020


This week on the podcast, it's JCI, or Just Checking In. In these unprecedented times, the best thing we can do to build stronger, long-lasting relationships is to JCI with those around us, as people--and how we make …

Rework Your Resume And Other Networking Quick Fixes

March 17th, 2020


In this episode, Kelly provides suggestions to those looking to change jobs or careers on how they can successfully revamp their resumes and show …

How To Reach Out On Social Media

March 10th, 2020


With digital tools and social media, you're one click away from connecting with just about anyone. However, if you hit send on a poorly worded …

Networking Advice for College Students

March 3rd, 2020


Kelly is answering listener questions this week on the podcast. In this episode she provides three networking strategies for college grads who are …

How Do I Find New Clients To Grow My Business?

February 25th, 2020


Kelly is answering listener questions this week on the podcast. In this episode, she offers suggestions for a small business owner / solopreneur who …

Why You Should Never Ask Someone to "Pick Their Brain"

February 18th, 2020


Here's a networking bad habit to end right now: sending enthusiastic "you two should know each other" emails or "pick your brain" invitations to meet …

Show Your Network Some Love

February 11th, 2020


Are you showing your network enough love? Building stronger bonds with your existing connections as well as forging new ones means spending time thinking about who you're reaching out to and what they may need, not just …

Making the Most of Conferences and Networking Events

February 4th, 2020


You've signed up to attend a conference, and, as the day of the event approaches, you find yourself overcome with dread and regret, creating all sorts of excuses not to attend. Sound familiar? It's time to lift your …

The Top 5 In-Demand Soft Skills--And How To Flex Them

January 28th, 2020


To be successful in nearly any role (or in any job search), you need to demonstrate to employers your mastery of soft skills. In this episode, Kelly …

How to Build A New Network--with Jennifer Johnson

January 21st, 2020


Executive recruiter (and a featured interviewee in the Build Your Dream Network book for her savvy network-building insights) Jennifer Johnson joins Kelly on this episode to share her hard-earned wisdom on how to build …

Professional Organizations: Are They Worth Joining?

January 14th, 2020


Joining a professional organization or participating in an industry association's events may sound like networking drudgery, but it is actually at the heart of career success. Learn how to stop overlooking these vital …

How to Reciprocate a Networking Favor

January 7th, 2020


When someone in your network makes an introduction for you, traditional etiquette says you should do the same thing for them. But when is …

Networking for the New Decade: New Year's Resolutions Revisited

December 31st, 2019


The eve of a new year (and new decade) is a great time to reflect and celebrate career milestones, as it can be so easy to overlook smaller but significant wins when you're laser focused on one big goal. In this …

Take the 30-Day Networking Challenge!

December 24th, 2019


A new year means new possibilities to build your relationships. But how do you muster the motivation if you're dragging from end-of-year indulgences …

Use Your Network To Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

December 17th, 2019


It's time to kick the habit of making and breaking New Year's resolutions! Whether your goal is saving more, losing weight, or switching careers, …

Twitter: How to Connect in 280 Characters or Less--with Heidi Moore

December 10th, 2019


If you've ever wondered whether it's possible to have a meaningful conversation around a complex subject with others on Twitter, here's your answer:

Networking at Holiday Parties

December 3rd, 2019


The holidays are a wonderful time of year to connect with friends, colleagues and family--and you can network joyfully without ever having to send …

Networking Etiquette (with Helen Ellis)

November 26th, 2019


Courtesy appears to have been deleted in the digital age, so I sought the guidance of best-selling author and host of the Southern Lady Code podcast, …

Reputation Killers

November 19th, 2019


Failing to follow up and follow through are two of the biggest reputation killers out there. With just a little networking know-how, you can ensure …

Luck, Chance, and Fortune

November 12th, 2019


Time to stop wishing for a lucky break or chance introduction. It takes some real networking work to unlock good fortune and put your career in front of serendipity.

Where is Your Network?

November 5th, 2019


Don't think you have a network? Think again! Your network is bigger than you imagine and larger than your immediate connections.


October 29th, 2019


Interships, like majority of jobs, are discovered and filled through networks and personal recommendations. Maximize the potential of these prized oppportunites with a little networking courtesy and know-how.

Leveraging Twitter to Enhance Your Connections (with Elena Rossini)

October 22nd, 2019


Independent filmmaker Elena Rossini has leveraged the social media platform Twitter for business networking. Now she's moving on to Giphy and Instagram stickers to enhance IRL connections. Her imaginative and perhaps …

Using Your Network to Jumpstart Your Career

October 15th, 2019


Vision boards and career plans are great when you know what you want to do with your career. But what if you're at a crossroads? When you're befuddled and seeking career direction, turn to your network for ideas.

Networking with Investors

October 8th, 2019


Seeking funding for your startup or business venture? Contrary to popular networking practice, start forging connections with investors well before …

Tackling the Informational Interview

October 1st, 2019


Informational interviews are networking gold when you're pursuing a career change or searching for a new job. Don't flub this golden opportunity by …

Does Your Network Support Your Ambitions?

September 24th, 2019


Ideas without a network remain just that - ideas. But with a purposefully constructed network, ideas have the chance to expand and grow. Do you have …

What Does Networking Mean, and What Does It Look Like Today?

September 17th, 2019


Time to shake up your idea of what networking means. If it is not schmoozing at parties and endless coffee dates, then what is networking? Hint: some of your daily routines actually are network building activities.

Introducing Build Your Dream Network

August 26th, 2019


Need networking and career advice? Frustrated and confused by how to network successfully? Kelly Hoey is here to help. Look out for Build Your Dream …

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