Sometimes, our lives bring us new and unexpected adventures… like making a big move to a new city.
Whether you’re moving for a summer internship, your first job, taking a big career leap, or starting over in a new industry, moving to a new city for your career comes with a lot of new to-do items, including building a local personal network.
For many, in fact, networking is a key factor in creating your new home–both professionally and personally. But how do you know who to talk to? What if you don’t know anyone in the city?
Don’t worry. Here’s some tips to employ when networking in a new city:
1. Face Your Shyness
If you’re generally a shy or introverted person, don’t let this shyness be confused with disinterest or rudeness. It can be a huge turnoff for new professional connections who don’t know you yet.
2. Sign Up for Local Branches of Professional Organizations
When you’ve moved to a new city, your existing professional organizations can be a smart place to make new friends. Try branching out to new professional organizations, too, especially if you’re moving to a larger city.
3. Attend Meet-ups and Tweet-ups
Nothing motivates you to break outside your comfort zone that getting out there and meeting others face-to-face. Meetup.com is a terrific resource; in many larger cities you may find several opportunities to network each week. Also, consider organizing your own “Tweet-up” with existing social media contacts.
4. Leverage Past Connections
Using your old job network when moving to a new city is not only necessary, it’s smart! You never know when a friend-of-a-friend might be in the city and can help you become adjusted.
5. Say “Yes” Often
When you’re networking in a new city, it’s so important to say yes when networking opportunities arise. Do something a bit outside your comfort zone, explore, meet new people and have new experiences.
Take your new locale by the horns; embrace your new career opportunities… and network until your new home… feels like home!
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About the Author: Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a job seeker focused platform, making the job search social, fast and easy. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.