My networking abilities is something I am very much always working on. A year ago, I even spent a fortune on a ‘Career Coach’ to help me out in this department. My weaknesses are selling myself and ‘putting myself out there’. This is a bit ironic as I am a very outgoing person, and love meeting new people. I think I just find these networking events so awkward and forced.
Recently I started a new job in the Middle East. I will be working here for minimum one year, but would ideally like to stay here closer to two. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, and expand my network professionally. In doing so, I hope to be able to use these experiences to find other jobs elsewhere in the world and guide my next move that way. I no longer want to (plus, I am past the age) of moving to a city empty handed and trying to find something for 6 months. I would rather move to a city with something lined up. By doing so I need to always be checking in with my old friends and colleagues to stay relevant. Perhaps the best tool for this is LinkedIn. My goal for the next 6-12 months is staying on top of that and updating it to the best of my abilities to showcase my strongest assets. When the time comes, and when my working visa here is coming to an end, I will reach out to different people, networks and organizations in hopes of getting my name out there.
LinkedIn is by far the most professional of networking devices, but I would also like to use Instsgram and Facebook to reach out to people. Recently I have focused on changing my Instagram to show more of the aesthetics of where I am living: the landscape, culture, and styles. As oppose to before when my Instagram was a place to show me and my friends having a good time. I have found it is definitely attracting more photographers and business owners in the city, because I am always checking in my location and hashtagging important and relevant sights.