You Probably Forgot How to Network During The Pandemic
No one is immune to burnout. It can get the best of us and usually gets us at the worst time! Although it can feel like there is no cure for burnout, there are proven ways to beat it! Here are three low-effort tips for reducing burnout:
Quality over quantity
When you network, remember that you’re not trying to network with everyone. Don’t pass out a business card to everyone you pass by or send a message to everyone that comes up on your search.
Contact the professionals you see yourself making meaningful connections with or executives in the industry you want to work with. Understand that their time is valuable, but yours is also! If you reach out to as many people as possible in a networking event, others may view your time as less valuable due to the impression that anyone can quickly grab your attention. Choose carefully the people you reach out to and accept in your circle. Not only do the people in your network help you get connections, but they are also a part of your reputation. Pick connections carefully!
Keep an open mind
If you come into the conversation with someone in your target industry intending to acquire a job, you are closing off the opportunities for other ventures. Networking means more than just getting a job or making a sale. A world of meaningful experience, new peers, and learning opportunities is waiting to be found if you keep an open mind.
If you get turned down for a job in that one interaction without establishing a relationship, you lose out on other exchanges that could lead to a job if that is your end goal. You can gain meaningful professional experience by leaving your plan open.
Take your time
Don’t rush professional relationships! For business professionals to think of you as a candidate for a job opportunity, you need to showcase your skills, and more often than not, that can’t be established in a first meeting.
Take your time to build professional relationships. When developing that relationship, don’t think of the end goal as the job, and if you don't get a job, the association is useless. As with any relationship, it takes time, so don’t be in a rush!
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