Why is this?
No one wants to take the time to go through the process of meeting someone, getting to know them, collecting recommendations and the associated steps before hiring someone if they can help it. Instead, most hiring managers would rather take a trusted colleague’s word that someone is a perfect fit for their company.
So how do you get to know someone in the company of your dream?
Get to know everyone.
Networking is the best way to get your foot in the door. You already have a stellar personality, a perfect one-page resume and work ethic like none other, now you just need to show it to everyone you meet.
Portland’s networking opportunities are endless. With programs like Portland Senior Experience internship program (PDXSX) in place, getting to know other associations is a snap!
Among these few associations, there are hundreds of excellent networking events that bring together the top communications professionals around the Northwest. These are the people you want to get to know.
And here’s another hint, most associations will let you volunteer to staff the check-in table in lieu of paying the event fee! Just make a call or send an email!
No matter what job you are looking for there are groups of people around Portland able and willing to help you out. For example if you are looking to join a public relations or advertising firm, the New Professionals PRSA group has agency tours on a regular basis – follow them on Twitter here.
Through the New Professionals PRSA group, just last week I got the chance to roam through CMD and speak with some of the upper level management about public relations and the organization.
Getting involved in these networking groups opens the door to job opportunities, internships, mentors and a better understanding of the industry you are planning on working in.