3 tips to help you network more authentically

I was excited to be interviewed on the Bunny Slippers Are Evil radio show, where we discussed how to leverage your network and how to network authentically.

This is an important topic for job seekers who are stuck in their job search. Sometimes you just have to tweak a few things to get moving along your career path. Here are 3 tips from the radio interview to help you network more authentically:

  • If you’re shy, start small – Go with a friend who is connected to the company and who can help you get your foot in the door for an informational interview. Set a goal to connect with 2-3 people while you’re there. Prepare yourself beforehand and think of common topic and personal things to bring up.
  • Network in a way that works for you – There are lots of good outlets for networking. The key is finding what works best for you and your contacts. Networking online is a common option, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. You might be better at connecting with people in person. If that’s the case, try to setting up in person informational interviews. Go through your list of contacts, one at a time, and ask them to meet for lunch or coffee.
  • Start networking through your friends – Your friends are a great way to start the networking process so that you can get your feet wet. Look for networking opportunities at places such as parties, family events, church, etc. These can be easier environments to make a networking connection, because you’ll automatically have a common ground with the people around you.

While networking, you should try to be more assertive than you normally would be. You have to realize that you’re not bugging people. It is part of the process to put yourself out there, and most people are understanding of how networking works. Yes, you want to be self aware and try not to pester. Just space out your contact with your connections and act professional and courteous.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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