Have you ever heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While this rings true in all phases of a career, it might never be more valuable than when you’re job hunting. If you take the time while you’re between jobs or underemployed to increase your professional contacts, you can multiply the effectiveness of your job search.
One possible way to ramp up the number of people you’re meeting in a professional setting is by attending networking events. Not only can networking events be entertaining and informative, but you never know who you might meet. You could meet someone who knows someone who knows someone who might be able to help you. You might meet a fellow jobseeker that you click with and the two of you could buddy up to help each other find work. Who knows…you could even meet an employer who’s been looking high and low for weeks for someone with your very skill set and personality and wants to hire you yesterday! But guess what? You have to show up to find out!
Below are my top picks for networking events in the Sarasota-Manatee area for late January & February. Remember: showing up is half the battle so circle these on your calendar and maybe even find a friend to commit to go so you can’t squirm out of it at the last minute! Then leave a comment for me to let me know how it went for you and to share tips for others getting their networking game on.
The Sarasota-Manatee area is so teaming with networking opportunities that you could literally make a full time job out of it—and, if you’re unemployed and in search of your dream job, you probably should! Whatever you do, don’t miss…