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Are you shy? Do you dream of having a high-profile career and wearing a suit? It is a great goal, but one thing has to happen first. As hard as it might be, you must come out of your shell. You must network. Once you step outside your comfort zone and begin meeting people in your field, good things will begin to happen.

One thing that may happen is that you may meet and get to speak with people who started out doing exactly what you are doing and eventually became very successful. They may have some very helpful advice for you, such as how to prepare for and survive your first public speaking event as a professional. They may tell you about mistakes they made and what they learned so that you can avoid making the same mistakes.

Another thing that may happen when you network is that you may learn about opportunities that you were previously unaware of. You may learn about a columnist position that has just openend up, for example. Once you have the pertinent information on the position, such as the pay rate and where the job is located, you can find out whom to contact. Then you can apply for the position.

Who you network with depends on the kind of position that you are looking for. If you want to work in movies, television shows, or commercials, you will want to network with actors and directors. They will know about area casting calls that are being held, the days and times that these events will be happening, where you need to go, and what you need to bring with you. They should also be able to tell you about the specific type of person that the company is looking to cast in the role, so that you will not be wasting your time. If you are eighteen, for example, and the company is looking for a six-year-old to cast in its commercial, you know that you are to old for this job and that going to this particular casting call would be a waste of time. It does not rule out future casting calls, however. There may be other events later on that will call for older individuals, and you may be just the person they are looking for.

Job fairs are great places to network. They are often held at colleges. They may feature many different types of jobs, such as those in retail, government, education, business, journalism, and various other fields. They will often be held in one large room of a main building on campus, such as the student union. Students are free to walk from table to table, talk with the representatives, ask questions, and pick up information. At a job fair, it is perhaps wisest to zero in on the table or tables with representatives from your chosen field. Go to those tables first, when you are freshest and least flustered. Have some specific questions in mind for the representatives, such as classes or specific training required to achieve your career goal. They should be able to point you in the right direction. Take good notes, so that when you read over them later in the day, they will make sense. Then, take action. Is there someone you need to email? Email him. Do you need to make a phone call to request some information? Make your call.

Your life awaits you. By networking, it can be a very full and rewarding life. Make some connections. Who can you network with today?


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great adviceHollie

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  about 7 years ago

The article is great and well written, what you are saying is get out there and sell yourself? A good seller will always makes a sale, and if you can sell yourself success will be forthcoming.

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  about 7 years ago

Exactly. Thanks for reading! :)

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  about 7 years ago
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