Why You Should Be Networking
When the term networking is brought up, many people want to immediately run the other way. The term seems daunting, time-intensive, and can be associated with a “suit and tie” mentality. But, in reality, it is a necessary component to succeeding in any industry. Networking is essentially relationship building and is the key to expanding your knowledge and resource base. So, here are some reasons you should be amping up your networking game.
Networking creates a more personal relationship with potential people to collaborate with. Would you rather work on a project with someone you’ve never met over phone calls and text messages? Or would you prefer to have a deeper connection with them after meeting and growing your relationship through networking events?
The more you attend face to face networking events, the more comfortable you will get at talking about what your role in the industry is and what you are looking for. Having the ability to clearly explain yourself and your current role, similar to an elevator pitch, will help you direct a conversation with others without having to start with 10 minutes of unproductive small talk about the weather… With the nature of this fast-paced industry, being direct and efficient with communication can help show your professionalism and desire to work for what you want.
I have had the opportunity to learn and get ahead in my career more efficiently by simply talking to people that have already gone through my same experiences. A few “Do’s and Dont’s” can save you a lot of time, energy, and possibly embarrassment from lack of knowledge. I have had nothing but positive responses from people that I have reached out to asking for career advice. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love talking about themselves?
Connections = Opportunities.
Networking has opened endless doors for me just by getting my name out there. Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. Would you be more likely to pull out a resume of someone who has had good experience, or someone’s name you recognize who has reached out to you to connect and show their passion and desire for the position? The same goes for the music industry. Name recognition goes a long way and having positive references from others in the industry can work wonders for you.
So what are you waiting for? A simple Google search for networking events in your area could change your career!
We host music industry networking events bi-monthly. Our next event takes place on a party boat on the Chicago River on a July 26th. Get your tickets and find out about other events here —> Networking Events