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How To Build A Network When You Don't Have One

Last updated September 28, 2020

At one point or another, everyone has needed help finding a job. Whether you are looking for your first gig or trying to level up your career, having a strong personal and professional network helps make the job search process easier. But what if you don’t have a network to lean on? How do you build a network if you don’t know anyone? Here are 5 ways to build your network to help you land your next job.

1. Reach out to your existing network

You may not think you have a network, but you do! Start with the people you know - friends, family, teachers, neighbors, people you regularly connect with on social media. All of these people are in your network and can help you find a job or internship.

2. Sign up for Linkedin

Linkedin is a free professional networking website that can help you with your job search and career goals. Learn about companies that are hiring in your area, build your network by connecting with people in jobs and industries you are interested in, and build a profile that shows your resume, volunteer experience, and skills that you are good at. Linkedin is a great way to help you build your network and find your next job. 

3. Join a group, club, or volunteer

One of the easiest ways to build your network is to join a group or participate in a club. Not only will it help you learn new skills that you can add to your resume, but it’s a fun way to build your network, and it’s an opportunity to build relationships with people who can help you find a job in the future.

4. Get out of your comfort zone

Your network shouldn't just be your friends or people who like the same things as you. Step outside of your comfort zone by reaching out to people in different communities, companies, and industries. Sometimes this requires you to reach out to someone you don’t know and that’s okay. Be brave. Reach out to someone on Linkedin who has a job you’re interested in or works for a company you would like to learn more about. Tell them you would like to learn more about their work and ask if they would be willing to speak with you for 10-15 minutes.

5. Be consistent and be patient 

Networks are not built overnight. It takes time to build professional relationships with people and creating a strong network requires you to be consistent. You never know when you will need to reach out to your network for help, so keep in touch by reaching out a couple of times a year.  

For more help with building your network text 'JOBS' to 33-55-77 to chat with a job coach or head to GetSchooled.com for more free resources.

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