Even if you happen to be a seasoned industry professional with a notable job history, you might have difficulties taking the next step in your career if your contact list is a little sparse. With the new year approaching, it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate your career goals and what needs to be done to achieve them. Networking is an important part of furthering one’s career, and everyone can benefit from it, no matter if you are new to your profession or an industry veteran. Here are a few ways to pad your contact list and make valuable acquaintances in the industry:
Small talk isn’t just something you do with your in-laws and your hair dresser. It’s one of the most powerful tools at your disposal when it comes to finding a job. Having the right skills is only half the equation. Next, you need to make connections with the people who are looking for those skills. That means networking, and—you guessed it—making small talk.