In a past article, we have discussed about the importance of professional social networking in finding a job. But networking can also be done, and should be done, face to face. Some people might even find it easier and more convenient to do so. Just think about the advantages: you can show off your charm, your wit and your knowledge- your charm cannot come across a social website. You should not be worried about networking in offline- the first rule is to remember that we are all people, and the contact you wish to make is also a person. After all, networking is socializing with a targeted audience- the people you do this with are either in your desired area of employment or have the same interests as you. Keep in mind though that it’s important to make an impression and not be easily forgotten.
But which are the best places for networking?
Events designed especially for networking, are of course the obvious choice. Job fairs, Trade Centers and so on. Nowadays, these kind of events are becoming increasingly popular, as more people acknowledge the importance of having a well rounded network: hearing about jobs ahead of anyone else is just one of the perks of networking.
Even though these events are the main channel for networking, that doesn’t mean that you should only network there. Another great way is to take a class in the area you’re interested in. Not only you’ll perfect your knowledge but you’ll also meet teachers and lots of people that are active in that particular field. This way you’ll do some networking while learning something new. It doesn’t get any better, does it?
The environment in which you make contacts doesn’t necessarily have to be formal. Holiday parties are a great way to meet new people, in a more relaxed manner. Introduce yourself to as many people as possible and ask for information about your field of interest! Between a glass of wine and some appetizers, you can talk to people, and make yourself noticed. Don’t be afraid to show your charming self.
Networking can help you build your career, especially if you’re hunting the perfect job. Do you have a well rounded network?
Sources: jobsearch.about.com, businesspundit.com