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The Key to Networking

by Makenzee R. Taylor, on March 28, 2023
Networking refers to the exchange of information and ideas between people who share a common profession or interest, usually in a formal setting. The goal of networking isn’t just about meeting new people but getting used to talking to new people that will strengthen your business connections and lead to opportunities such as a job referral.

Some networking activities you can start with include joining LinkedIn, attending chamber events, or professional organizations such as job fairs.

Networking Tips

Get Face-to-Face

While it may be a lot easier to network behind the safety of your computer screen, providing personal interaction is imperative. When applying to jobs online and submitting your resume, they need to see the great individual you are. They see all your accomplishments and skills, which may be overlooked because there can be more applicants with just as many skills as you.

If you’ve heard they are hiring at one of your friend’s workplaces, ask your friend and possibly their employer and take them out for lunch. You’re not obligated to talk about work the whole time, but this is a great opportunity to ask questions and have.

Fight Your Fear

Making the first step in networking can be challenging because you may feel nervous or uncomfortable, but if something feels uncomfortable, then it is worth a try. People tend to do many things in their comfort zone and are too afraid to just do it. If you are an introvert, that’s okay!

We aren’t recommending you change who you are, but we encourage you to try and see what happens. You’ll never know whom you’ll meet and what opportunities one moment can lead you to.

Be Patient and Make Time. 

Just like finding the right job, acquiring new relationships takes time. It’s important to be patient when networking because it’s not that simple to only talk to a handful of connections and expect something in return. Having that mentality will drain your confidence and hold you back.

Make a goal to speak to 5-10 people a day whether that involves going to job fairs, networking events, or through LinkedIn. Staying active is key because potential clients will see you making an effort, and if they don’t have anything to offer you, they might know someone who is and connect you to the right people. Often, it’s not about what you know but about whom you know!

Don’t want to attend networking events alone? Take a friend and encourage them to start taking action in their career! Take all those negative thoughts and change them into a positive mindset. Make those new connections and relationships.

Regardless, if they don’t bring any job opportunities, you will be able to find like-minded people to add to your clientele. Have a question or concern? Talk to your new connections because they may have experienced the same thing you are experiencing.

LandrumHR has networking opportunities like job fairs. Follow us on social media to see when our next one is and come say hi!
Makenzee R. Taylor

Makenzee is an HR Assistant with LandrumHR Workforce Solutions. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in marketing. Born and raised in Northern California, Makenzee enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, traveling and binge-watching TV shows in her free time.

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