2012 is the year that everyone thinks that an apocalyptic change will take place. Has it started already?
The good news is recorded unemployment rates have gone down and the stock market is finally creeping up. What does this mean for those who haven't been working for a few years? The word that comes to mind is opportunity.
Just look around you, there is something happening even if you don't realize it. Don't rely on stats alone, you have to hear what people are saying. Networking is something you must do even if you feel that you have nothing to contribute to a business. You have to keep it in mind that you are meeting to deal with people not commodoties. People are humans who have feelings like empathy. I'm almost positive that the person you encounter share a commonality with you even if it means both your kids play basketball. You'll be surprise that you make talk about what you do but eventually, you drift to a more personable moment. If you are one of those who just stick to one topic, don't be surprise that your conversation dwindles or just get interrupted.
Relationships are key to any successful transacation. If you want something from someone, you have to establish trust. Trust is something that is earned through time, creating opportunity for success. Referrals are done through relationships. It doesn't matter if you are using social media or getting your morning Starbucks latte. What are you waiting for? Go and makes connections and create opportunity.