The Power of Networking
By Sharon Harper, Associate HR Business Partner

The Power of NetworkingHave you ever known a colleague that never participated in social activities, avoided all group activities, and managed to keep a very "high wall" around their area in the office? It's likely that person was not moving up through the ranks, not receiving impressive peer reviews or performance evaluations, and they were not being recognized for outstanding contributions to the organization. The power of networking should not be underestimated because of the many possibilities it can bring forth in personal, career, and business development gains.

Why should we network?

People are not made to thrive alone and that extends deep into the career facet. Individuals should have the intent of seeking to meet others, getting to know a little about them, and reciprocating the exchange of information. When individuals take time to become involved in industry organizations, introduce themselves to peers during training opportunities and seminars, or simply lead committees within their own organization, it helps expand their knowledge base as well as acquaint them with resources that could one day "out of the blue" be the solution in a tight situation. Conversely, networking is not something that should come into play only when resources are needed.

How often should we practice networking?

The practice of networking should be continuous and always top of mind when attending any gathering that involves other participants. Forbes gives a fantastic recommendation of being more concerned with collecting business cards versus giving out your own. Their rationale is that you are at a disadvantage of not being able to make contact unless they reach out to you1. Additionally, networking is at its best when YOU are able to go above and beyond to provide resources, solutions and network connections for others. When people see your willingness to share, they in turn will be encouraged to support your needs when and if the opportunity arises. With Helios, I have personally had the experience of having others reach out to join my network after observing the activity and excitement of events and organizational successes.

Top Three Tips to Networking

We've talked about why networking is important, how often we should go out and mingle, and the benefits of having connections. So what are you still doing here? Go out and network! But before you do, here's one last piece of advice before you go out there — the top three tips to networking:

  1. Keep your business cards handy and be ready to meet new people. Remember, ask how you can help them first and wait to give your business card out.
  2. Keep in touch with colleagues, peers, friends and business partners. Having a social and professional network is critical to your personal happiness and career success.
  3. Be sincere in your networking. Not only look to gain knowledge, insight and new resources, but look for opportunities to freely share what you possess. You never know when networking will be the determining factor in your success!

1 Forbes, "16 Quick Tips To Become A Better Networker."

Jobs of the Month

Jobs of the Month

Our Recruiting Division is highlighting the following opportunities:

Inbound Telemarketing Lead — Fairfax, VA
The Inbound Telemarketing Lead will be responsible for supporting TV commercial operations to include: vendor management, partnership/relationship development, performance management, producing training documents, participating/coordinating in training sessions, coordinating campaign set-up, script writing, editing and approval, Quality Assurance (QA) monitoring, call calibration and reporting. Bachelor’s degree preferred, but will consider experience in lieu of education and 4 years related experience and/or training.

Associate HR Business Partner — Reston, VA
Helios is expanding its dynamic team of consultants by hiring an Associate Human Resources Business Partner. Employees in the Associate HR Business Partner level are focused primarily on client delivery work and will be expected to travel throughout the Washington Metropolitan area to support client engagements. Employees performing at this level are expected to demonstrate introductory generalist skills in most Helios HR Human Capital Management Operational and Tactical areas, working under general supervision of a Practice/Team Leader. Bachelor's degree in HR or related field and 1-3 years of experience.

Solution Engineer — Arlington, VA
The Solution Engineer will work closely with investigators, analysts and other operational users to harness, develop and/or integrate solution components into operational pilots and solutions satisfying these users' critical decision analytic needs. BA/BS in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or a related scientific or technical discipline preferred and 4‐6 years of combined experience as a Software Engineer.

Recruiting Consultant — Reston, VA
Helios is conducting a search for a full-time internal Recruiting Consultant to join our dynamic team! The ideal candidate will have experience in multiple industries and trades, and recruiting at all levels of an organization with a minimum of 4 years of full life cycle recruiting, and third party or consulting experience, with the ability to wear multiple hats in a fast paced environment. BS/BA degree preferred and 4+ years of recruiting experience, third party or consulting preferred.

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Issue 65 | May 2013
Apollo Finalist Spotlight

IQ Solutions

This month Helios had the pleasure of interviewing Apollo Finalist, Clinovations, on their “collaborative development”. Attributing their fast growth success to their culture and foundation, Clinovations believes happy and engaged members are the key. Read more about how they foster this caring environment.

Current Events

Helios Apollo Awards

Helios Apollo Awards — May 29 Please join us in celebrating 32 honorees on Wednesday, May 29th from 7:30 - 9:30 AM at the McLean Hilton. We expect to have over 500 leaders from Washington at this energetic event full of connections, content and collaboration.

Volunteer Fairfax's 38th Birthday Party — June 3 Help Volunteer Fairfax celebrate 38 years of connecting volunteers to service opportunities in the community. Join them on Monday, June 3 from 4:30 - 8:30 PM at Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church. Tickets include Italian tapas and specialty pizzas as well as two drinks. Purchase your ticket today or learn more about Volunteer Fairfax!

The Northern Virginia B2G Matchmaking Conference — June 6 The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is bringing a variety of agencies and corporations for their first business-to-government matchmaking event. This event will provide one-on-one meetings with liaison officers from major federal agencies and prime contractors who have opportunities for small businesses.

Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards — June 19 Fairfax Chamber’s event honors individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business leadership and corporate social responsibility.

WTPF 2013 Compensation Survey — Now Open! This survey has become a trusted source for HR professionals looking for reliable pay data and information on pay policies and practices for cleared and non-cleared personnel in the Washington Metropolitan region.

Giving Back

Join us in recognizing and congratulating our Hercules Finalists of the Helios Apollo Awards! These charitable non-profit organizations not only make an impact in our community, but they make an impact within their workforce too. On behalf of our selection committee and sponsors, Helios is making a donation to the winner of the Hercules Apollo Award.