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Networking can look a little different to every jobseeker. Depending on what industry you’re trying to get established in, your approach may be really hands-on, or more through word of mouth as in the phone, email, or what have you. The topic I’d like to discuss today is another approach to networking called focused networking. 

Focused networking is having a heightened sense and awareness of who you want to associate and connect with as you start on the path to career discovery. Even though all doors to opportunities will lead you somewhere, it’s important to take into account if you want to be connected to them. For example, if you’re an aspiring writer and have a goal of publishing a book, chances are you’ll want to connect with folks in that realm so that you can gain experience and knowledge. So when an opportunity arises for you to have an entry level position at a legal office, it would be in your best interest to turn it down if your goal is to continue on your search of getting acclimated in the writing and publishing world. Another thing to consider is that you’re clear when communicating to others what you’re seeking in terms of network connections. It’s best to be concise so that anyone who is helping you along the way knows exactly what they can do to further you in reaching your goal. 

At the end of the day, any amount of network connection is better than none. It just helps if you have a clear and specific goal when trying to reach yours! If you want to learn more about focused networking, check out this great resource I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you continue to stay safe and cozy. See you in November! 

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