It’s May, and that means the unofficial start of summer is over a long weekend later this month. Is this a good time to refresh your job search and start implementing new ideas to get you in front of the right people at the right time? Summer is a great time to get out and network now that everyone is refreshed and excited to be outside after a long winter and wet spring. Here are some things to consider when you’re adding networking into your routine this summer.
Connect on LinkedIn
If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you should be. If you are on LinkedIn, have you updated your profile lately? This online professional networking tool is the perfect way to create a living resume that even you can refer to if you ever need to update your information.
But it’s also a place where recruiters and hiring managers gather to find top talent for their open positions. If you want to be seen, you need to be available on LinkedIn by creating a complete profile and updating your status regularly.
Make a Plan
Face-to-face networking can be much scarier than online connections, so it’s a good idea to have a plan of attack before you go to a local event. If you have a goal, it’ll be much easier for you to feel comfortable in the network setting.
For example, you can challenge yourself to collect five cards from new people at the event. Or you can volunteer to help you feel useful while still making collections.
Enjoy the Weather
It’s summertime, so get outside. Every time you meet someone new, you have a networking opportunity. So, go to those Memorial Day cookouts and picnics in the park. Take time to meet new people and let them know what you do.
You never know where your next career opportunity will come from, so take time to make those connections.
Once you’ve made a new connection, it’s important that you follow up. Within a few days, review the business cards you’ve collected and send out an email to reintroduce yourself. Remind them where you met and why it’s significant.
You can also ask for a face-to-face meeting to discuss ideas, thoughts, and ways you can help one another. Always do this with a service mindset. Don’t just go into a meeting wondering what they can do for you, be willing to help them as well.
Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston
Do you want more networking opportunities this summer? Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX.