While networking can be intimidating, surrounding yourself with industry professionals is best way to building new relationships and connections. Attending networking events in your field of work is a great way to meet people in your field and gather inside knowledge on potential jobs. We all know the saying: It’s not about what you know, but who you know. The community you build will reflect your potential to take your brand or career to the next level. Clueless about how to build your network? We’re rounded up 3 networking reminders you need to know to land the job of your dreams or collaborate with a fellow boss babe on a passion project.
1. Attend local events + Bring business cards
Social events are the easiest and least expensive ways to meet like-minded individuals and explore your city. Industry or networking events give you the opportunity to find others in your field who you mesh with. Don’t leave behind those business cards. Depending on the events, pulling out your phone to store a contact may not be the most professional method. Classic business cards is a simple way to exchange information + they never die 😉
2. Join a professional organization
This may seem like college all over again but it’s worth it! Joining a professional organization that is specific to your line of work gives you access to networking events, industry insights, job opportunities, and gives you up to date information about the job market. As an added bonus, professional affiliations look great on your resume! Finding an organization might take a bit of research, but almost every industry has an organization which has huge benefits for members.
3. Be a social butterfly
How many times have you attended a networking event with a friend just to only socialize with your friend or familiar faces? We’re all guilty of this at least once. The key to networking events is to truly NETWORK. Being social should go without saying but too often people bring a +1 to events and never become social. Walking up to a stranger to connect on a professional level is the science behind genuine networking.
What are your recommendations for networking at events?