Welcome to another brand new blog from your community of apartments in Pearland! We’re on a mission to help our residents live their best life while here at Stella at Shadow Creek, which is why this week’s blog post is so relevant. In it, we’ll be talking about three things you can do to expand your professional network in a matter of months.
Perhaps even more than your resume, your professional network is the most important thing you can use to land a new job. When you apply with a resume, you’re competing with hundreds of other applicants. When you apply with a reference or at a recommendation from someone, you face significantly less competition. Plus, people in your professional network can notify you about jobs before they ever open up to the public.
Now that we’ve fully explained the advantages of having a large professional network, let’s get right to the list of tips! Oh, and when you’re done reading through the list below, please be sure to share this post with your friends and neighbors at your community of Pearland apartments!
Ditch the elevator pitch
Next time you go to some kind of professional networking event, aim for authenticity over professionalism. When you give a new acquaintance a canned pitch about who you are and what you do, it makes you sound like you’re only at this event to land a new job. You should be going to network events with the goal of meeting people who you like and who might provide you with mutually beneficial opportunities in the future.
Have a closing line
Every interaction you have at a networking event should end with an exchange of contact information. You’re going to need an excuse to get this contact info, however, and that’s where your closing line comes in. What you can you offer the person that will convince them that they should stay in touch with you? Remember, professional networking is a two-way street.
What’s the point in meeting someone if you’re not going to follow up? Get contact info and reach out after a few weeks. The longer you wait to reach out, the less likely it is that your new acquaintance will remember you. Oh, and when you do reach out, be sure to have something to offer your new acquaintance such as an opportunity or some industry info. The only instance in which you don’t need to have something to offer is when you’re a younger person asking an older person for advice. In that case, try to make it as easy as possible for the person to connect with you, whether it means going to where they work or asking specific questions that they can answer over email.
With that, we’ve hit the end of our list of networking tips! We’d like to take this time to thank those of you who have been coming back week after week to read all the latest blogs from Stella at Shadow Creek, and we sincerely hope that you’re able to check back to read our next post when it goes up on the site. While you wait for that post to go live, be sure to take advantage of some of the networking tips listed above!
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