If you are trying to get your foot in the door in a certain field, your first step is to get to know people in that field. The process of acquiring contacts colloquially known as networking isnt always obvious or easy. So when you are applying for jobs in Johnson City, and you are looking for useful contacts, here are the steps you should follow, courtesy of Meridith Levinson at CIO.com:
1. Start small: if you are someone who is intimidated at the prospect of approaching new people, then try to find contacts within your established social circles. Friends, family members, and/or acquaintances 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: you wont always hear back from people, and not everyone will be willing to help you. Rejection is a part of life, so dont let it keep you down, and certainly dont let it prevent you from putting yourself out there again.
By Kyle Wise
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