Build a Network - Even When You Don't Think You Need One
Apart from the networking process, many people who shy away from networking are not trusting the people involved.
The solution is to identify the people you truly respect (maybe by making a list) and build a quality offline network, taking the help of professional networking sites like LinkedIn.
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Knowing what you want and whom you want to connect with matters.
Using social media tools like LinkedIn is a good start to speed up your initial connection with the people aligned with your goals.
According to the theory of the Six Degrees Of Separation, we all are only a few people away from everyone else.
Embrace your friends' references and contacts to get to know people that can help you in your professional pursuits.
If you don't know anyone, a brilliant strategy is to provide free talks and seminars, and in the process build a completely organic list of people who connect with you and know your work.
It involves using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, or learn more about your field, or another field you'd like to work in.
make sure you know who is who, where they work, and how to get in touch.
Social Narrowing is a subconscious process in which we are spending time with people who are similar to us.
This phenomenon can be a problem when we need new resources, ideas or a new career.
The lower your socioeconomic status is, the less diverse are your social networks, as we choose to reach inwards for advice, instead of outwards.
The tweak to apply here is to reach out and ask for advice with the network of people whom you normally will not connect with. Remind yourself of your strengths and values, if you feel intimidated by wanting to take advice out of your comfort zone.