I know, I know – getting your networking game started, let alone strong, is intimidating. Networking used to feel like my personal everest, and it seemed like everyone else had figured out how to climb it, except me.
You know how I got over that feeling? Practice. Cliché as it sounds networking is a muscle that you have to keep working – the more you use it the stronger you’ll get. But you don’t have to do it all alone – I’ll be putting together a series of posts with tips and tricks on how to help you start flexing those networking muscles 💪🏻
But first, I think it’s important to start with the why – or rather the, whyyyyyyyyy?!?!?! 😩 Also been there. And said that. And made that face. Every. damn. time someone talked to me about networking… so I feel you on this one.
There are actually a ton of reasons to get your network #hustle on, but the most important is – you don’t know what you don’t know. Wondering what the heck I’m talking about? Let me explain.
- You don’t know what job options are out there or where your current skills *could* take (especially for new grads).
- You don’t what other people are doing in your field, or how they got there (something I’m hoping to help you with too – interested in media? Meet Kat!).
- You don’t know what job opportunities are out there, or maybe there is a company out there you really, really want to work for, but you haven’t heard of it yet.
Networking opens the door to information. It gives you a chance to bounce ideas off of people, learn from their journey and make a real, honest-to-goodness human connection that can provide more insight than stalking 1,000 LinkedIn profiles. It also helps you build your tribe – the people who are going to talk you through your professional journey, tell you what you need to hear when you need to hear it, help connect you with others and think of you when a job posting comes across your desk.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret – most people are really, really flattered when you ask them for a coffee. So grab a notebook, think about where you want to work, who you know might work there or people you really want to connect with.
I’ll be coming back with a post on the do’s and don’ts of the networking coffee so stay tuned!
Have a question about how to get your networking hustle on? Let me know in the comments below! 👇🏻