Getting to know people in your desired industry (throwing your name out there) is an important step to getting your foot in the door. Pursuing these contacts (in other words, networking) isnt always clear cut. So when you are applying for jobs in Greenville, and you are looking for useful contacts, here are the steps you should follow, courtesy of Meridith Levinson at CIO.com:
1. Start small: approaching people you dont know can be intimidating for some. Look for familiar faces first; friends and family members who work in your industry. They can also point you towards their own contacts. Tapping into your colleges alumni base helps too.
2. Ask for introductions: once youve made one or more contacts within your small circle (see above), ask them to introduce you to other figures in the industry you would like to meet.
3. Follow up: communication is a two way street, so dont be afraid to initiate a follow-up or share information. 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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