And it wasn’t networking to get your dream job!
Just because the the warm weather is here and it’s almost officially summer — with poolside drinks (complete with colorful umbrellas) calling your name – that doesn’t mean your job search and networking efforts can take a vacation.
Summer can be a great time to step up your job search and networking efforts because many companies use these months to interview for permanent positions, or they may need to hire contract workers to fill in their department’s summer vacation gaps.
You don’t need us to remind you how important networking is as an integral part of helping you build your creative, marketing or interactive career – it’s already been engrained in your brains, especially if you’ve been reading our blog!
The good news for you is that you don’t have to miss out on summer fun while keeping up with your networking and job search efforts…
- Social Media – Use it to your advantage to connect with those you’ve worked with in the past and those you’d like to work with in the future. Spend some time on LinkedIn, and check out some of the people you respect in the industry to see their past and present positions and the organizations they follow. It’s a great idea to use their profiles as a model for your career planning, so it helps to know the steps they had to take to get where they are today.
- Join industry organizations and associations – Not only is it a fun way to meet people with whom you share common interests, it also enables you to become more active in the industry (not to mention the events can be a lot of fun!) We’re fans of American Marketing Association, NEDMA, AIGA – American Institute of Graphic Arts, Adclub, Adweek, ArtDirectorsClub, IHALF, MITX, Webinno. MeetUp
- Reach out to some of your former managers and professors – They can be great mentors, future referrals, and staying in touch can result in lasting professional relationships that can provide you with future opportunities.
- BBQ & Family Functions – Believe it or not, these provide great networking opportunities. The ice has already been broken (no pun intended) so it’s just a matter of letting people know what you’re up to. Connecting and staying in touch with friends and family can be a great way to help each other professionally in the future.
- “Workin’ for the Weekend?” – We’ve all taken advantage of random serving/bartending/lifeguarding jobs at one point, so make the best of yours. In fact, one of our very own corporate copywriters got his first internship because he was serving a couple of ad agency executives at a local restaurant. It’s a great example of the fact that you never know who you’ll meet or where you’ll meet them, so stay tuned in, attentive, and have fun!
Networking is very “in” this summer and doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, take a moment kick off your efforts by starting with us – like us on Facebook , connect with us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter for more tips and networking opportunities!