If you want to make it to the top, you’ve got to shake a few hands first.
Read an interesting article (http://blogs NULL.hbr NULL.org/cs/2012/10/the_serendipitous_entrepreneur NULL.html?referral=00563&cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-daily_alert-_-alert_date&utm_source=newsletter_daily_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert_date) in the Harvard Business Review this week by Kathryn Minshew, founder of career site The Muse.
As a successful entrepreneur Kathryn is often asked for advice about either the job hunt or going out and doing your own thing.
Her advice is quite simple – Network your face off.
That’s easy for her to say, you’re probably thinking, but I’m not the brash, pushy, business card exchanging networking type.
Fair enough. Neither am I.
But building a network is important. Especially in a business where jobs are often not advertised.
And the only way to build a network is, you guessed it, to network. And the best (and easiest) way to do this is to attend industry events.
Of course any event that bills itself as a “networking event” should be avoided at all costs. These kind of shindigs are generally full of people on the hustle. Uugghh!!
I’m talking about get togethers where you’ll meet like-minded types. Our regular Junior Night is a good place to start if you’re in Melbourne.
For people in Sydney the Vibewire (http://vibewire NULL.org/) hosted Fastbreak events are a definite must attend.
If you’re one of the many people reading this who’s not based in Sydney or Melbourne I’d recommend you subscribe to The Fetch (http://thefetch NULL.com/), an email newsletter with info on all sorts of interesting events in most capital cities.
I can’t guarantee going to events is going to land you a job. But believe me it’ll certainly introduce you to lots of like-minded people. And sooner or later one of those people is sure to come in handy.Tweet