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  • Networking Tips: How Can You Get Your Foot in the Door?

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    May 08, 2016


    Networking for professional connections is a little like Dorothy trying to find her way home in the Wizard of Oz – all you have to do is look down and realize that the solution was right there with you all along.

    The best way to network and get your foot in the door of a company is to deepen and strengthen the connections you already have. These might be friends, former co-workers, college roommates or workout partners at the gym and fitness classmates.
     

    Strengthening Existing Connections

    The best thing about making an effort to strengthen an existing bond is that it should be fun. Meeting up with a colleague for coffee shouldn’t feel like work, and the professional dividends could pay off down the road.

    One really efficient way to strengthen existing connections is to host a backyard barbecue, Super Bowl party or other event. Make sure to invite a few work colleagues and acquaintances that you already have a good rapport with and encourage them to bring a friend along. Remember that it’s not just who you may know that can lead to valuable professional connections but also who they know. While your existing social circle may not produce any new connections, any friends they bring to your gathering might.

    It is important to use all avenues that are at your disposal in order to connect with individuals that can have an impact on your life and career. Social media can be an effective tool on both a personal and professional level. It can start a dialog with colleagues and friends that may result in a connection to a company you may have already been targeting or to one you did not yet have your sights on.

    You can also reconnect with former co-workers over social media. They’ll appreciate you reaching out to them over Facebook or LinkedIn and hopefully realize that the benefits of networking can go both ways.

    Staying in touch with colleagues isn’t hard, but it does take some effort. With the modern prevalence of social media, there’s no real excuse why you shouldn’t be maintaining these relationships.
     

    Making New Connections

    In addition to reconnecting with people from your past, you will also want to make some new connections, and this also shouldn’t feel like work. It’s easy to expand your network by simply doing activities that are natural extensions of your own personality or profession.

    The best way to make new connections is to get involved with a community or professional organization. These groups could be anything from those that do charity work to groups who meet up over a shared interest, like a cooking class or book club. Ideally, the organization could be one that allows you to utilize your professional skills and knowledge.

    Another way to network is to expand your skill set by signing up for a class that teaches computer programming, public speaking or some other professional skill. Not only are these classes a great way to build your resume, they are also filled with people who could become part of your network.

    Finally, you should consider going to events that will be attended by people in your industry. For example, any events held for IT, HR, Accounting, or Legal professionals may be a great place to make connections as well as joining chambers such as the Greater Miami, Coral Gables, Hispanic, or Hospitality among others.

    At CAREERXCHANGE®, we know professional networking can feel like a job you don’t get paid for. To make networking a little easier, we host weekly job seminars complete with question-and-answer sessions that could be a chance to network. As one of the top talent acquisition firms in South Florida, we can also guide you toward events or organizations that you might be interested in. Just give us a call or stop in and we can get to work on growing your professional network.

    Chris Aguilar, Talent Acquisition Manager and
    Jonathan Casanas, Business Development Manager
    CAREERXCHANGE®, Inc.
    10689 North Kendall Drive, Suite 209 • Miami, FL 33176  
    P. 305.595.3800 • nick@cxcinc.com
    www.careerxchange.com
     
    Contact:
    Chris Aguilar, Talent Acquisition Manager
    chris@cxcinc.com, 305-595-3800
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