We always hear that networking is the most effective way to job search. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!”But what if you don’t know many people? Sometimes despite good intentions, it can be difficult to get your networking plans off the ground. Here is a plan to start your networking strategy in just one day.
Step One: Clarify your goals. Be clear about what you want your network to do for you. Do you want an administrative position in an office, or are you looking for a management position with a telecommunications company? Be clear.
Step Two: Make a list of ten places where you could go to meet people who are working in your industry. It doesn’t have to be a professional setting. It can even be the gym or your child’s school if it gives you the opportunity to connect with other people.
Step Three: Pick one of your ten places and go there today. Start talking to somebody and gently steer the conversation towards your career goals. At the very least, this is good networking practice, but it could also open up an opportunity for you.
Step Four: Go home and celebrate. You have officially started networking. If you stick with it, the possibilities are endless.
Successful networking does not require an elaborate plan. All you need to do is get started and get talking to people.
(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo from: jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)