Networking is essential if you want to grow your career. If you’re the type of person who hates the idea of networking, you’ll want to read this method of networking without…networking. Think of networking like being social. It can come naturally to anyone—even you—with a little practice.
The most effortless way to network is to simply accept invitations. Whenever someone invites you to join them, say yes. Social activities like drinks after work, shopping together or eating lunch in the break room are the breeding grounds of conversations where you can casually mention that you’re open to new career opportunities. You’re not asking people to give you a new job; you’re simply letting people know that you’re in the market for one.
Show Off a Little
Networking is all about making the most of your connections to get you where you want to go, career-wise. Your connections will start coming to you if you show off your skills a little, whatever they are. Are you a writer? Write fabulous, old-fashioned letters and notes to your friends and family. Are you looking for an accountant job? Offer to help your friends with their taxes and yearly budgets. Looking for a management position? Be the organizer in your group. Be known as the one who makes arrangements and gets things done. When a job comes up that requires your skill set, your friends will naturally think of you.
Keep in Touch
Whenever you meet someone, make a note of their address or email. After you meet, wait a few weeks and send a follow-up note that says it was nice to make their acquaintance. Make a point to stay in contact with everyone new who comes into your life. Soon, your personal network will grow. The more people who get to know you, the more likely it is that someone will eventually find out about a job that you’d be perfect for.
These are three passive ways to network without having to have that unpleasant feeling of actually networking. Before you know it, you’ll have a brand new job without ever having to ask for it!