Does the idea of a networking meeting fill you with dread? You're not alone. Many of the people we speak to here at the RSC Careers Service share your nervousness. Common worries are that it will be intimidating, that no-one will be interested in what you have to say and that to ask people for things is somehow wrong and impolite. Sounds familiar? Don't let these preconceptions put you off. We all know that creating and maintaining a strong network of contacts is essential if you want to progress in today's competitive job market.
I suggest turning your thinking around. Instead of going to a networking event with the idea of getting
, think instead about what you have to give
. What can you offer to others? If this makes sense, read this article
for more hints and tips. Of course there are many ways to network online, but nothing beats face-to-face contact for making a lasting impression. Don't let nervousness and negative preconceptions put you off. Just think what opportunities you could be missing!