February 17, 2011 by jessperriam
What do you imagine when I say the word ‘networking’?
I think of schmooze, people in business suits and a hurried exchange of business cards.
And the 19 year old Jess deep down in my psyche wanted to shrivel up and die. She’s the one whose career ideals involved being able to create also while wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
I’ll be honest, present day Jess is just as repulsed by her idea of networking but she’s taken the plunge and did it – went stag to a networking event.
And here’s the killer: I enjoyed it.
The last few weeks has been one big, long drawn out informal networking endeavour – meeting new people, seeing what they do, who they know, if they have any handy advice. This in addition to trawling jobs websites and talking to recruitment agencies who are convinced I don’t quite fit.
The Twitter and social media community in Manchester is huge which means groups regularly meet up and talk social media shop together. Invitations are open, events are usually informal.
Normally when I go somewhere new on my own I’m that one who’s reading the noticeboard. But here you don’t have to resort to that, everyone is really friendly, willing to help, give advice and put you in contact with those who might be able to give you a hand.
Moral of the story?
People are nice. Networking isn’t so bad. Twitter is a good way to meet like-minded people in your community.