Networking to meet new professional contacts is important for finding a new job because you can learn about job leads or receive personal recommendations. However, going into a networking event filled with strangers is often a difficult situation because you don’t know what to expect or what to do. Spectrum Staffing, as an engineering staffing agency that fills nationwide positions, regularly meets with candidates and understands the challenge that many face when networking. Taking a friend to a networking event can help you out when you’re looking for a new job – here’s why:
Reduces your anxiety
If your nerves are holding you back from attending a networking event, having a friend with you can help you take that important first step and get you in the door. You won’t have to walk in alone or feel like you look awkward or lonely – two common sources of fear about networking. Just knowing that you have a support system there can give you the confidence to interact with new people.
Helps you establish conversation
Going up and introducing yourself to a stranger at a networking event is a lot easier if you’re part of a pair. A small group dynamic can put everyone at ease, because no one is on the spot and feels like the flow of the conversation is entirely their responsibility.
Keeps you accountable
For networking to actually be helpful for your job search, you need to set clear objectives for what you want to accomplish during the event. This could include talking to a certain number of people or giving out your contact information to people from particular companies. Bringing a friend along who knows about your goals can help you achieve them because you have someone there to keep you accountable and remind you to stick to it.
Gives you an escape route
Just like at any other social event, you’re likely to find yourself stuck in a conversation that isn’t beneficial to you, but in which you feel trapped because you can’t seem to find a way to transition. Since the point of a networking event is to meet many people at once, it’s extra important to not have extended conversations with just one person. When you have a friend with you, you can make arrangements before the event to check up on each other and politely interject to help move on from conversations.
In addition to networking, teaming with a staffing firm can also be a helpful strategy for you to discover new job opportunities. Spectrum Staffing is an engineering staffing agency with over 25 years of experience matching candidates with the available opportunities from our clients. Get started today – search our current available positions.