With social media such a huge source of communication, in-person networking has become a bit of a lost art. But networking is an essential part of any career, and it can help you find your next opportunity. We know networking can be a lot to handle, especially if you’re shy or introverted. Here are some tips for job seekers to get out and meet new people to build meaningful professional relationships.
It is completely ok to embrace online media, as long as you know how to use it. LinkedIn is currently the best resource for professional online networking. You can use LinkedIn to connect to former co-workers or managers and set up face-to-face meetings to reconnect. You may also meet other professionals in the area as well as potential employers.
Local industry events are the best way to make new in-person connections if you’re looking for a job. For example, if you want to work with property management, there are national organizations you can join. Or you can attend a meeting of your local community business club or chamber of commerce. If networking makes you nervous, volunteer. Having a job at an event can help you stay focused.
It’s important you’re able and willing to network everywhere, no matter where you are. Have cards you can give to someone you meet. Introduce yourself to people in line or in public spaces. When you’re at social events, talk about what you do. You never know who you will meet or if they can help you.
There is art to following up after networking as well. Don’t just take business cards and never follow up again. Send a thank you note or email the next day. Keep up with communications by sharing interesting news articles or links with them from time to time. And be a connector. Even if someone can’t help you directly, you may know someone else they could work well with.
How Can You Network This Summer to Find Your Next Job?
Contact the recruiters at InterSolutions to learn more today.