You’re in a new city and you don’t know a soul. No sweat, we can teach you how to network! It’s difficult to put yourself out there but if you follow these simple steps, you’ll be making connections in no time.
1. Do your research.
Where are you going? Who are the influencers in the area? What is your new city known for?
These are all things you should know before heading to a new city. Just like going on an interview, you want to know something about the company looking to hire you. It’s the same thing with a new city; check out the Chamber of Commerce and what clubs and associations are local, so you know where to get involved when you get there.
2. Make “friends.”
Social Media is a wonderful tool. Check out LinkedIn for any virtual groups concentrated in your new home. Ask to join and speak up! Explain that you’re new and are looking to meet new people. Afraid to click “connect”? Check out these easy ways to connect with new people on LinkedIn.
3. Get yourself out there.
Step out of your comfort zone and sign up for mixers and networking events held in your new area. These are a great way to meet new people with common interests. Everyone is there for the same reason so don’t be nervous! And if you don’t know the city well, you can always ask your new connections for cool places to go or restaurants to try.
A lot of people use virtual meetups to find events or join online chats to introduce themselves to the area and to people in specific industries. Meetup.com is a perfect way to find local meet ups and events tailored to your specific interests. Take advantage and see what’s out there.
4. Build on your existing network.
Everyone knows a guy who knows a guy. The connections you’ve already made can be helpful.
Ask around and see if anyone from your old city could connect you to anyone in your new city. And you’ll have a built-in icebreaker: “Oh, you know so-and-so? How’d you guys meet?” So smooth.
5. Get to know your neighborhood.
Wander around your new city and get the lay of the land. Try out coffee shops, asks for suggestions on where to go, check out the local scene on Yelp. It’ll help you get to know local places and make you feel at home faster.
6. Get involved.
Check out ways to work in your new neighborhood. Volunteer at local events, support local charities, you never know who you could meet! Become a part of your community by getting involved, there are so many opportunities right in your back yard. Keep an eye out for local festivities you’d be interested in. It’s a great way to meet people who have the same interests as you.
Did you just move to a new city? Do you have any new networking tips? Let us know in the comments below!