One of the biggest assets you can have in terms of landing a new job is networking. A recommendation from a director could nuclear charge your resume and send it to the forefront. Networking is an art. Like all other non-technical skills, perfection takes practice. It is a useful skill which extends far outside work-life.
Networking is more than just a ritual of introductions, shaking hands and an exchange of business cards. Rather it is an exchange of ideas and rapport building. In short, it is about having a good conversation with someone you just met.
All it takes is just building up the courage to say hi and introducing yourself! People are generally open and receptive. To those who aren’t, it probably isn’t worth your time.
Look around you, how many people do you see on an everyday basis but never had a conversation with? I challenge you to say hi to one person you’ve never talked to, every week. You may be surprised at how easy and natural it is! If you are consistent with this challenge, you may find yourself saying hi to a number of people on a weekly basis. It will also dramatically increase your conversational skills giving you more confidence in meetings, interviews, and family reunions!
Unless you are a developer, networking should always be on your mind; whether you’re going for your first cup of coffee for the day, in a client meeting, or just having a good time. Staying open to new people and experiences may open doors for you, which you never knew existed!
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