If you want to get your foot in the door in a certain industry, then you are going to have to do some networking, and in order to network, you are going to need contacts. So when you are looking for contacts to help you land jobs in Chico, here are the steps you should follow, courtesy of Meridith Levinson at CIO.com:
1. Start small: if meeting new people intimidates you, then look for familiar faces first; particularly friends and family members who work in your industry. They can also point you towards their own contacts. Tapping into the alumni base of your college (if you went to one) also counts as starting small.
2. Ask for introductions: once youve crafted a small networking circle, build off of it by asking your new contacts for introductions to other figures in your field.
3. Follow up: the easiest way to build up your credibility and visibility is to share information with the contacts you meet. This can include anything from an article, a website, or a phone number. If your contacts ask you for some information, or if you offer and they accept, make sure you get that information to them.
4. Dont be afraid of rejection: people wont always get back in touch with you and not everyone will be willing or interested in helping you out. Try not to let rejection keep you down and dont let it stop you from trying again.
By Kyle Wise
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