If you reflect back in time; when the cream of the crop was simply around every corner and job hunting was determined based on who you know over what you know; then you think this still applies in this day and age. Well my friends, your dead wrong.
Thanks to Social Media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and lots more behind them … who you know doesn’t hold much value as what once been. Thanks to social media; we have become one big blub of goo… mushed together; short from anything special. So .. what can be done to get noticed? It’s not networking… or picking up every card that comes in-front of you. Going out to events, meeting people. Bah! Networking…
As a creative; your better than that. Be your own line opener. Show quality over quantity. Build a hub of like-minded personalities that not only compliment to your shoes but make you a better and stronger creative. Be their cream of the crop and truly the recommended voice in their every mind. You want networking? Do it in your own terms; BE the cream. Don’t follow what million of other folks are doing. So so Wrong!
Personally, I found attending smaller engagements have helped me build my personal brand better. I have become the recommended source on their next recruiting and direction projects; the contact of choice on their upcoming efforts or on their greatest dilemmas. I’m just perfect in putting the right solutions together – be it the right people, resources & tips or even tool integrations. However, when attending large gatherings; I just don’t get the same flavour by nights end.. I have to work harder to remember who I met and what we discussed about. That said my advice, be selective – its not who you know; it’s how you know them.
Until the next one.
– Ali-Reza Asarizadeh, Advisor
– Hanna Tran, Co-founder
– Patrick Hojjat, Co-founder
– Paul Ding, Senior Developer
– Jeffrey Luzuriaga, Junior Developer