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Network or NOTwork?

Written by:  Ted Fletcher, Executive Recruiter

RelationshipsMy brother told me about his business professor in college who had a plaque on his desk.  It read, “Network or Don’t Work.”  Catchy.  And true.  Some networking is temporary (lots of cold-calling for referrals are in this category) and some is more long-term (this involves building relationships).  Both are good and have their place.

Fact is…you MUST connect with and rely on others in order to make yourself more effective.

As a recruiter working with industrial manufacturing clients, I contact Career Coachprospective candidates ALL the time.  If they are open to discussing the opportunity at hand, fabulous!  If not, that’s absolutely fine…I’ve at least built an initial rapport with them and may be able to help them down the road providing resources and advice for their career development.  And when people know that you’re there to GIVE and not just GET, it’s much more likely that they will go the extra mile, knowing that you will as well.

Networking…it’s all about connecting with people and building relationships that, as a byproduct, will take you much further than you can go on your own.

Need some fresh ideas at work?  Talk to someone else in your industry.  Need to simply increase your own amount of knowledge?  Talk to someone who knows more than you do.  And if you happen to be in industrial manufacturing and need to consider making a career move or just gaining some industry insight, let’s talk.

At TYGES International, we really are here to help.

I encourage your feedback and would enjoy helping being a “Career Coach” for you.  You can learn more about me at, also you can follow me on twitter @tedtcher1 as I focus on helping make good things happen to other people. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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