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By: Catalina Guerrero Marketing Manager, ALPFA Boston
Editor’s Note: ALPFA Boston is the local chapter of the largest Latino professional network in the country. Its mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. For more information visit: www.ALPFABoston.org
There are many strategies one can take when searching for a new job. However, there is one essential practice in this process that will increase the likelihood of success: networking.
Networking is the practice of maintaining, nurturing and growing the number of contacts in an area of interest. As social creatures, we cannot survive alone. We need to give and receive help from people around us to progress. To accomplish this, you have to build a strategy that allows you to maintain your current network as well as expand it. Below are four key steps to successful networking:
To make this process easier and more effective, you should not attend all networking events but target only the events that are related to your areas of interest. This will give you the confidence to approach people since you know that at least you have the topic of the event as a common interest.
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Catalina Guerrero is an industrial engineer with extensive work experience in sales and marketing. She is currently doing her MBA at Hult International Business School. Catalina is the Marketing Manager for the ALPFA Boston Chapter. She has worked on getting jobs for others formally working at a recognized head hunter and informally by using her network to connect job offers with potential candidates.