Jainaba Jobarteh, a self-proclaimed socialite and master networker, knows that making the initial connection be hard, whether it’s a personal or professional encounter. In a professional world where it does seem to be more and more apparent that it’s who you know that will get you the job, having a solid network is so important to be able to open some of those doors that may not have been available previously. Jainaba Jobarteh recommends considering the following when building your networking profile:
Put yourself in more situations to meet people who may be useful connections. Sometimes, simply being at the right place at the right time will you find valuable people. Take some time to research the events that are happening in your area and look for opportunities where you might be able to connect with like-minded people.
When you do meet someone that you think you’d like in your network, do not hesitate to contact them. Timeliness will allow you to begin building the relationship and continue the conversation in a much more natural manner.
If you’re looking to make contact with someone you haven’t already met, take a personalized approach and try to leverage someone in your current network to see if they can help you set up an introduction.
Choose quantity over quality when it comes to filling out your professional network. You don’t need a plethora of subpar materials when you’re trying to build a house, and it’s the same for relationships.
Jainaba Jobarteh is originally from Gambia. She lives with her husband and children in Madrid.
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