Network. Network. Network. The term is drilled into our brains from the moment we’re old enough to judge whether or not it’s okay to talk to strangers. Still, we all know how awkward networking can be when it feels forced or when intentions don’t seem genuine. Most people don’t want to meet strangers who seek them out for specific reasons. To be successful at networking, one must master the art of approaching a stranger without an obvious end game or motive behind your friendly conversation (don’t be needy). Any savvy professional will see right through your attempts to connect and your emails and calls will go unanswered.
Networking with like-minded individuals is a great place to start as you have common interests and a conversation won’t feel forced. If you’re a networking newbie, don’t be afraid to jump in and start building your list of industry contacts by attending events that focus on your field or industry. Arrive with a plan and be sure to bring copies of your resume, business cards, and anything else that will help to make you more memorable post-event.
We selected the events below because they cater to job seekers and offer opportunities to connect with industry professionals who know why you are in attendance.
This happened (but there’s always next year):
NY TechDay – “…a massive science fair for startups.” Companies that are exhibiting at TechDay are there for specific reasons and getting their hands on passionate and talented job seekers is one of them. In their third year, this event is free and definitely worth noting on your calendar for 2015. In the meantime, check out the list of startups who were present this year which included Gilt, Chloe + Isabel, Birchbox, and Joor to name a few. Expand your search by looking into these innovative companies that are making an impact on fashion and technology.
These are happening:
Fashionista – How to Make It in Fashion Conference (June 27, 2014) – The fashion and beauty industry’s top professionals come together to share their experiences and tips with up-and-coming “fashionistas” looking to land their dream job. Keynote speeches and panels will include insights from Ariel Foxman, editor in chief of InStyle; Amy Astley, editor in chief of Teen Vogue; designer Misha Nonoo; Aliza Licht, senior vice president of communications at Donna Karan; and other notable industry insiders.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with industry professionals during mentoring sessions. Bring your resume and put on your networking shoes because although this event will cost you $229, the information and exposure may be totally worth it. The How to Make It in Fashion Conference will be held at the High Line Hotel in New York City.
For the West Coasters, they are also planning an event for the Los Angeles area, but the date is yet to be announced.
NYC Fashion Career Week (July 17-21) – Fashion Career Week is brought to you by The New York City Economic Development Corporation and Parsons The New School for Design – and it’s free! The event is specifically catered to students, interns and entry level professionals who are interested in working in the fashion industry or seeking information to help guide their job search. Attendees have the ability to choose which events they would like to participate in throughout the week as they pertain to their goals. The keynote speaker is yet to be announced, but there will be plenty of opportunities for networking. Registration starts on June 16, so save the date!
Heard of any other events that you would like to share? Let us know and we will be happy to share it!