Networking can make all the difference before you start job searching or if you want to change your current job title.
So how do you get started? Do you personally know someone currently working in your desired job field? Or did you just meet someone in an interesting role?Offer to buy them a coffee in exchange for career advice. After your meeting, ask if they can connect you to anyone doing similar work.

Understand that networking is really just a process of meeting people and having conversations. It's not a sales call and it's not a job interview. Be directive, but never too forceful. Since you are the one who generated this interaction, you need to be ready to help steer the conversation. Have some questions in mind beforehand - about the person's career path, about their organization, about advice they may have for you, and so forth. Let the dialog flow from there. Be yourself!

Be appreciative. You should always respect the time and efforts of the people you interact with. That means be brief if you call without scheduling a meeting; be on-time if you do have a scheduled meeting and be attentive at all times.

Follow up.  You should always send a follow-up after meeting someone, and this can be in the form of an email, or a mailed letter. If the meeting was in a formal setting, the follow up should have the tone of a "thank you" letter.

Maintain the relationship.  The follow up doesn't stop with an email or letter.  Look for opportunities to reconnect on an occasional-but-ongoing basis in the months and years that follow.
And as always, ask Top Line Resumes for assistance! We are here to help get you connected professionally. 

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