WHETHER you are going to be job hunting in the New Year or looking for new opportunities to further your career, now's a great time to think about brushing up on your networking skills.
Building up a network of contacts can improve your confidence and give you access to people you may be able to call on for help, advice and jobs in the future. Here are some tips to get started:
Be clear about why you are networking – work out who and what you need to know.
You might not see an immediate benefit, but over time you could increase your knowledge of your chosen interests and profession, so keep your eye on the "bigger picture".
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Be prepared to share information as well.
To establish useful relationships and contacts, think about people you know already like friends, family, colleagues and who they could introduce you to.
Next think about the people you don't know but could easily get to meet via a company contact or form your social circle.
Finally, think about the people that you don't know but who, with some initiative and effort, you could make contact with.
Like to get your new enthusiasm for networking off to a good start? Why not come along to City College Plymouth's New Year New Start event, on January 8, from 4pm to 7pm.