Today I want to share some tips on effective networking and ways in which I have been trying to get myself ‘out there’ and what resources I have found useful. This post is useful for those of you, like me, who would like to forge a career in writing/journalism, PR, blogging or copywriting or any other creative career. It focuses on networking but also on useful resources for finding internships or opportunities.
I have been on Twitter since 2012 (and Facebook since 2006) but it’s only recently become a good resource to me. Using relevant hashtags such as #journorequest #prrequest #bloggers #bloggerswanted you can find so many relevant companies or opportunities. For example you may be added to a list for brands to send relevant PR samples for you to try and review or you may find a company looking for a freelance content writer. You can also follow editors, magazines or any other publication you like to read.
Similar to Twitter you can find relevant content through hashtags but it also has a much more visual aspect (obviously!). You can comment on and engage with other users who are also writers or in the same industry as you. Also make a cool ‘New Content’ or ‘New Blog Post’ image with an app such as Snapseed and use this with relevant hashtags every time you write new content, with a link to your blog, to facilitate more readership and relationships. Finally source other like minded ‘Instagrammers’ to make an Instagram Pod. This is where a small number of bloggers or like minded individuals join a private group and you can share your posts to the pod where everyone will comment on and like the post. This not only attracts other users to read the post but helps you to build networks in small ‘pod’ form.
Any local paper or newsletter that arrives through your door is a way to network. They will feature local events and networking events. Local fairs, volunteer opportunities, business meetings etc. You never know who may go to these events and I have found it is also a way to get to know people and improve your ‘in person’ confidence in a day and age where people so often communicate via social media.
I have also found this particularly useful as I follow and try to engage with like minded individuals in the same industry or an industry that I am interested in. This way I get insider information and tips but also the newsfeed regularly throws up potential network events, job offers or internships. I managed to bag an amazing free UX/UI design course and am in the process of developing some skills in this area!
This site is particularly useful for you if you are interested in PR, content writing, design, sales, marketing in the beauty and fashion industries like me. The site provides information on useful networking events, internships, talks and competitions.
Seems obvious but I never really thought about this until recently. Always speak to people and introduce yourself. Try and speak to people and they may know someone they can introduce you to (this happened to me!!). I went to a networking event run by the girls at a blog I read regularly (Career Girl Daily) called the Career Girl Academy. I not only received some lovely beauty goodies I met lots of like minded girls and women. There were some presentations run by high powered women who had their own businesses. Make sure you dress to impress and make yourself known to them. If possible carry around cards with your blog address and social media accounts to hand to them. This paid off for me as I managed to bag some fantastic PR experience this way.
What do you do to network or get yourself ‘out there’ in this saturated blogosphere? I am keen to hear your ideas.