If you're looking for jobs in Slidell, it's important to recognize the value of networking. What is networking? When it comes to finding a job, networking can mean knowing and being in touch with relevant people in the industry in which you wish to find a job. As you look to increase the number of people who can give you a leg up in your chosen field, here are the steps you should follow, courtesy of Meridith Levinson at CIO.com:
1. Start small: It can be intimidating to approach people you dont know and who have never heard of you. Look for familiar faces first; friends and family members who work in your industry. They can also point you towards their own contacts. Tapping into the alumni base of your college (if you went to one) also counts as starting small.
2. Ask for introductions: Once youve made one or more contacts within your small circle (see above), you can ask them to introduce you to other figures in your industry you are hoping to meet with.
3. Follow up: The easiest way to build up your credibility and visibility is to share information with the contacts you meet. This can include anything from an article, a website, or a phone number. If your contacts ask you for some information, or if you offer and they accept, make sure you get that information to them.
4. Dont be afraid of rejection: not everyone you contact will be able, or even willing, to help you. Don't get discouraged, thank them for their time and move on.
By Kyle Wise
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