Networking. I don't mean social networking, this kind of networking doesn't require an Internet connection. Networking face to face allows for deeper connections and lasting impressions. Social networking may reach more people but networking in person puts a face to a business or job candidate. Anyway, you don't need much to get started and the more you get out there and start doing it, the easier and better at it you will be. Trust me, as someone who is not an outgoing schmoozer, it can be hard at first. However, I have met a lot of good contacts that I otherwise would not have if I didn't force myself to go to networking events. The benefits have outweighed my initial fear and apprehension. Plus, there's always the possibility of food and drink!
Networking is a great way to meet people that can help you or to meet people that you can help. You never know who you are going to meet that is someone or knows someone that can help you with that missing piece.
Before you perfect your handshake, you should probably know some tips on how to get the most out of your networking, whether the goal is increasing business or getting a job. For instance, you probably want to appropriately target your networking, meaning, going to a networking event in San José might not be as successful if you plan to do most of your business in San Francisco. Check out some of the books we have at the library for more tips to get you started on the road to better networking.