Seeking a new position can be exhausting. Employers almost always want to hire someone they know or someone who comes highly recommended from someone they know. There are great job opportunities everywhere, but you need to be in the right place at the right time to find them.
So how can you go about trying to meet the right people? When you do meet them, what should you say? Here are a few tips that will help you to expand your network and introduce yourself to potential employers.
1. Attend social and networking events
As long as you're searching for a job, you want to be out mingling with people whenever you can. Even if it's just an informal gathering of people and not related to networking at all, you never know who you're going to meet. Anytime you could potentially meet people, try to dress nicely and arrive with a smile on your face.
2. Let people know you're seeking a new position
It can be difficult to be open with people in your life, especially when it makes you vulnerable, but when you're looking for a position, you want to let everyone in your life know. This way, if someone hears of something you would be a good fit for, they will let know you.
3. Join a professional organization in your field
Whatever industry you are in, there are likely many professional organizations that would be helpful to join. Not only is this a great way to expand your network, but you can actually learn new skills that are relevant to your industry, meet mentors, and further your own knowledge in your industry.
4. Volunteer for organizations you believe in
Doing volunteer work for causes you believe in is a great way to meet like-minded people. Networking events are great, but you may be able to form deeper connections when you are doing something like volunteering. Volunteer work is also a great thing to do in general, and it also will look good on your resume.
5. Alumni networks can be a great resource
If you attended college, your school will likely have an alumni network. They will typically host events for you and your fellow graduates. This can be a great way to meet people and rekindle old connections. Getting together with fellow alumni--particularly from your major or department--can be a great way to discover new opportunities.
6. Connect with people on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a great place to connect with people and expand your network. You don't want to just reach out to people when you need something, however. Post interesting content relevant to your industry, and interact with other people who post content relevant to your industry. There are also a ton of groups you can join that are relevant to your profession.
These are just a few ways you can expand your network. When you are looking for a new job, it's a good time to let your inner extrovert out and try to be as friendly and approachable as possible.