I recently attended a great networking event held by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.Â I was able to discover this great opportunity by joining theÂ LVED’s Linked In group, which I urge you to join.
A quick tip for everyone out there looking to increase their client base and make great connections is to sign up with Linked In and begin joining groups in your industry and location. I have been able to develop a lot of great relationships with people after connecting with them through Linked In.
This particular networking event was held at the Firehouse in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was part of a national event being promoted by Brazen Careerist. It was known as the Brazen Careerist Crowdsource Your Career Meetup.
Brazen Careerist is a networking group for young professionals that help each other build a network of their peers to share ideas and find job opportunities. Brazen believes that in order for young professionals to be successful, they must challenge the status quo and create their own path for career success.
One of the main tenets of their organization is crowdsourcing. What exactly is crowdsouring? Everyone has heard the term outsourcing, so you’re probably wondering if it’s the same idea or how it is different? Brazen is using the term “crowdsource your career.”
By definition, according to Wikipedia, crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call. Wikipedia by its own definition is an example of crowdsourcing, so how does someone crowdsource their career?
The whole point of crowdsourcing is to tap into the collective intelligence of the public at large to complete business-related tasks. However, Brazen uses the term to mean networking with your peers in order to establish relationships that benefit your career. Whether you want to gain clients, start a new career, or just land a job, building relationships is the key.
One of best ways to build relationships is to attend networking events such as Brazen’s in order to network with your peers. That is how someone can crowdsource their career. By networking with those around you, you’ll be able to increase your client base, share new ideas, and ultimately take control of your career’s success. That is the power of crowdsourcing and that is what Brazen is promoting. As a business attorney, I’ve found that I’ve crowdsourced my career and its been very beneficial.