With the unemployment rate being so high in recent years, it is becoming more and more important to network in order to get a job. This is especially true for those of us in competitive career areas such as media, fashion, or even architecture. It can seem next to impossible to start a network from scratch when you're first starting out in your field and are either an intern or unemployed. To help get you started, here are 7 tips to network in your career.
1. You Know More People Than You Think
Your network is already bigger than you think it is. It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and even casual acquaintances. Start writing down names, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the list grows! Social media has made it very easy to see where your friends, classmates, and past co-workers now work, which gives you an edge to see if they are in your field too and if there is anything they can do to help you find a job. Maybe your parents know of a friend who works in your industry that can help give you advice or a person to contact. There is little to no chance that absolutely no one in your network will know of someone who can help you.