Networking? You Don’t Have to Hate it.

Networking: some people love it, but I think most people hate it.

I hate networkingThis is the first of four posts outlining how I “network”. Today I’ve divided people into four basic groups, and they all have their benefits.

Friends: This is the easiest category for me. There’s no pressure to ask a friend what they are up to, and then share what you’re looking for.

Family: A wealth of knowledge, especially older family members. They have seen trends come and go, and have great classic tips.

Friends of Friends/Family: This is the sweet spot. Ask your friends and family to think of you when they hear of openings. Or….if you know they work at a company you’d like to work for, ask them if they can forward your resume to the Human Resources manager.

Strangers: You never know who you are going to meet! Everyone’s favorite topic is themselves (or sometimes their pet/child) asking questions to get to know someone better can lead to great things.

mn blogger bashMonday night I was invited to the MN Blogger Bash and it was the best of three worlds with friends, friends of friends, and strangers invited. Mplsgossipgirl hosted with Garden of Eden and My Talk 107. It was so great to hang out, meet new people, and discover stores that I’ve walked by, but haven’t shopped yet.

While this event was not about job searching, it is good to mix it up with a fun event and to pull myself away from the screen and job applications. I didn’t get a chance to meet everyone, but I do have some new faces that I can make sure to connect with in the future.

P.S. This is post one of a series, here is part 2, and 3.

8 thoughts on “Networking? You Don’t Have to Hate it.

  1. It was so great to meet you at the Blogger Bash! It was a really fun event and I couldn’t believe those awesome swag bags! I get kind of shy about networking and just walking up to a stranger and introducting myself and my blog, so this event was good for me!

  2. That sounds like a fun event – I bet it was great to meet more local people!

    I am not great at things like networking events where you have to go up to strangers and talk to them, but I am good at networking with people I know or through people I know on a one-on-one basis and I enjoy that kind of networking.

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