You don’t have to be a social butterfly to benefit from cultivating your professional network.
If you read the KB Staffing blog regularly, you’ve probably picked up on the importance of professional networking for advancing your career. Socializing and just keeping in touch with former co-workers, employers, and others in your industry can open up Polk County employment opportunities that you didn’t even know existed. But what if you’re not the “social” type?
Networking for Introverts
Not everyone is a natural when it comes to social interaction, and KB Staffing, we understand this. If you are more introverted and avoid attending crowded events, there are a few simple strategies you can employ to get the most out of what socializing you are willing to do.
First, have a plan before you head out to that networking event. Make a realistic goal for yourself, like making just one meaningful connection while you’re there. Do some self-care before taxing yourself with a social engagement – get some time to yourself that day or the night before and enjoy an activity that helps you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
If you are uncomfortable introducing yourself to strangers, try to find someone you already know at the event. If you don’t know anyone there, then introduce yourself to one of the event organizers soon after your arrival, and ask that person if they could introduce you to a few of the attendees.
Then, once you’ve successfully made a connection with someone new, be a good listener. People love to talk about themselves and their pet projects, so just let them! Remember to exchange contact information at the end of the conversation.
If you have an unusual question or interesting fact to share, these can make great conversation starters. Stay off your phone and out of your head while socializing. It’s normal to have some awkwardness in these situations, but you don’t want to come across as standoffish or rude by ignoring everyone.
KB Staffing Makes a Great Connection
Don’t forget to introduce yourself to KB Staffing, the best full-service staffing company in Polk County. Send us your resume and start your application online today, and we’ll be glad to set up some interviews for you to meet some of the best employers in the area!