Beverly E. Jones: Job Search Networking Expert
As an executive coach, Beverly Jones assists leaders to bring new productivity to their teams, and helps professionals to enhance their performance, address career challenges and transitions, and continue to grow and flourish.
Bev is a former attorney, and her coaching clients include lawyers in companies, law firms, trade associations, universities, government agencies, Congress, and NGOs. She also works with many other professionals, from recent college graduates to senior leaders, and from solopreneurs to people building careers within complex organizations.
As a life-long believer in career reinvention, Bev’s varied path has included roles in public affairs, university administration, law firms, and corporate leadership. Now she runs her own business and often partners with other entrepreneurs. She also is a Visiting Executive at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.
Bev and her husband, former Washington Post Ombudsman Andy Alexander, love mentoring young people. For years, including when she was a prominent lawyer-lobbyist and he ran the Cox Newspapers Washington and international bureaus, they have been mentoring countless young journalists, Congressional staffers, and other bright stars working hard to find their place in the nation’s Capitol. Their shared love of mentoring has helped them create an expansive network reaching into organizations around the country and across the world.
Bev writes and speaks about many issues related to career management and success, well-being, and finding joy and meaning at work. She is author of, Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO. Her podcast, Jazzed About Work, is heard on NPR.org.
She is vice chair and co-founder of a non-profit journalism foundation, Foothills Forum. It is located in beautiful Rappahannock County, Virginia, where Bev and Andy often work from their farmhouse, which has a view of the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.
Find Bev on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, and check out her website, ClearwayConsulting.com.
Articles by Beverly E. Jones
- Key Coronavirus Pandemic Network Building Strategies
If you are serious about your career, you already know that networking is a key to long-term success. And if you are launching a job search, this is probably the time to intensify your efforts. As an executive coach, I have been speaking with a range of managers and senior leaders, some of whom may eventually be in a position to hire. They have left me with the sense that this is an excellent time for you to concentrate on networking, but you need to carefully consider your strategies.
- How to Build a Stronger Network
You already know that a large network of relationships is vital to career success. And from reading Job-Hunt, you understand that a big network is critical for your search because employers like to hire people with whom they share some kind of connection. Beyond that, career opportunity is just one of the many benefits of having a strong circle of connections. Social support can even help you live longer.
- The 4 Essential Skills for Networking Success
The essence of networking is getting to know new people, turning acquaintances into friends, and nurturing friendships you already have. Being connected to other human beings is vital to your health and happiness. And having a large and varied network of relationships is extraordinarily important to every phase of your career.
- 7 Reasons Effective Networking Is Critical to Your Career Success
Sick of having people tell you to network? Well, get over it. Networking is critical to your job search. And to the rest of your career as well. Before we discuss why networking is key to professional success, we'll talk about the meaning of "networking."
- How to Nurture Your Network and Empower Your Career
After my first years as a lawyer, I finally understood that the way most people find new clients or jobs is by networking. But I wasn't comfortable with the idea of building my network until I was able to visualize it as a web of interconnected and authentic human relationships. Now I love my network. It feels to me like a living, comforting presence, always there when I am ready to tackle a challenge.
- Yes! You CAN Enjoy Networking: 7 Strategies for Painlessly Building Your Network
As a career coach, I've had countless conversations about why networking is vital to your career.
I say things like, "expanding your circle of relationships is key to generating all kinds of opportunities, whether you love your current gig or you want to shift jobs." Most professionals already have heard plenty of comments like this. And I suspect they can list many benefits of creating a broad and diverse group of connections. But, often, knowing the value of networking isn't enough to get people moving.
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