Next, update your current role by stating what you do, why it matters, how you personally create value and what you have achieved.
This will help you to articulate this message succinctly to others in conversation.
If your network needs a refresh, it can be helpful to think of your actions in terms of ‘seed, feed and weed’.
Start with ‘seeding’: what new relationships do you need to build based on your development plan for the next 12 months?
A couple of years ago I would have said that I was good at developing people, but that it wasn’t really known outside of my direct team.
Since then, I have invested in training, shared my experiences in blogs and delivered courses for people outside of my teams.
Now, think about the actions you can start to take to bring you closer to that reality.
Start with your introductory statement: does this feel authentic and specific?
Rather than writing “I’m a leader with excellent communication skills”, think about evidence points that make it more memorable and individual.
Having a strong network is not just about getting a new job, though; your network can be a great source of learning opportunities.
My own network has given rise to the opportunity to attend fantastic events, to be mentored by inspiring leaders and to gain the experience of increasing my impact by speaking at events.