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Here are some guidlines I've developed over the years:
1) Go to events where you are comfortable and there are other goals, like learning something. 2) You can't fake being interested in other people, so don't try. If you hate talking to and meeting new people, going to network events won't help much. 3) Find people you really enjoy talking to and learn to enjoy finding out about others. Sincerely. 4) Learn to listen and when you speak, make it something worth listening to. 5) Go to industry and technology related events to learn and a side benefit will be meeting people, some of whom may be of help. 6) You never know when or where you will meet someone who needs your talents. It may be a friend of someone you meet. Don't worry about it. 7) Always carry a few business cards with you. You never know when or where you will meet someone who needs one.
Personally I think "networking," as such, is over-rated. If you have to go out of your way to run across people with similar interests, then you have other issues to deal with. If you are good at what you do and enjoy being around and working with people, you'll be networking without ever really trying.
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I used to subscribe to one of Microsoft's developer newsletters (sorry can't remember which one) and it used to give dates and locations of user groups. If you can find one reasonably close to home that would also be a good place to go.
The simplest method is to put up a LinkedIn professional profile and then start to join some of the "groups". Find people you know in your current circles/work/associated companies/clients, and allow the network to grow from there.
If you are affiliated to any memberships etc. you can explore those avenues.
Watch who try to connect with you, I have had a few strange ones that can see no reason why they would want to connect or any relationship with my areas to what they are up to.
meetup.com - this is a great place to network. They have many programming groups. The best is you sign up go and talk to people with the same interests or step out of your comfort zone and try something completely unrelated. It gives you an opportunity to get out and meet and talk to people.
There's a discussion of networking on MSNBC today you might find of interest: "How to network when you’ve lost your job:"
"In 2012, Dwain Schenck lost his job as a communications executive. Nearly 50, he had trouble finding a new job, so he wrote a book at the suggestion of Mika Brzezinski on rebounding from unemployment. He joins Morning Joe to discuss." [^].
Personally, if I was looking for work, I would focus on identifying potential employers, and finding the right people to contact, or the right places on-line to publicize/advertise my skills, although networking could certainly contribute to that process.
But, I'm not looking.
good luck, Bill
“There are obvious things, and there are many obvious things no one tried, because no one needed to try them.” Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov, January 1, 2014
This has been always the case, good jobs are not posted anywhere, they fly at the speed of a beer... ... in any case, you can turn to former work colleagues, class mates and friends, the friend of a friend may be good, but it's better if they know you personally; however, if you have to ask, then i'm afraid there is something else wrong.
Soundwave is supposed to announce sidewaves today. I have a week on the mainland between shows ( going to two ) and I hope to do a show every night, there's more good bands than could fit in a week, so hopefully it works out. Hoping to get my daughter to BVB, 5FDP or Rob Zombie. Hoping to see Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Alter Bridge and A7X for myself.
The new AB is SO good. The new A7X is the best metal album of the past 15 years for sure. Yeah, some of those bands are reasonably recent, although not much more so than AB ( but all are definitely heavier than AB ). Except Volbeat, did I mention them ? You MUST hear Volbeat.
thanks for the suggestion; been looking for new bands recently...
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