Everyone knows that networking is essential for their career success, but many people aren’t wired with a natural instinct for it. When you’re feeling introverted or shy, the idea of attending a networking event can feel overwhelming. So how do you know if you’re doing it right or even how to get started in the first place? You can improve your networking skills without putting yourself in awkward situations. Here are three ways to get started.
Start With Friends and Family
The most logical place to start when you’re looking for a new position is with your existing network. Talk to friends and family about what you’re looking for and see if anyone has suggestions that can help. You may be surprised to learn that people close to you know of opportunities.
In today’s digitally connected world, you can expand this reach by posting to your Facebook or sending out an email. Don’t be afraid to simply talk to people about your search when you see them face to face.
Connect on Social Media
Social media can be used for much more than just connecting with friends and family. When you’re looking for a job, be sure to create consistent social profiles across a number of platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Then use these to follow companies that may be of interest to you in your search. You’ll see job postings sooner than you would if you just wait for them to appear in listings.
Challenge Yourself to Attend an Event
Networking in person can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re shy or introverted. But these events are a huge source of new information to help you land your next job. To get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself to attend an industry or community event maybe once a month.
Look at Meetup.com for possible ideas. Or check out industry-specific events in your area. Local networking groups or your chamber of commerce may also put on events that are free and open to the public.
Are you ready to take your networking to the next level?
Contact the staffing experts at New Era HR Solutions to see how we can help you find a job today!