Think you do not have any contacts? Think again. Most people know an average of 250 people. This means 250 who know you if you called them; know your name and feel connected to you through some shared experience or connection.
Don’t think you are that popular? List everyone who would re-spond to your email or phone call if you reached out to ask for help.
- Family (think extended family)
- Church/Alumni/Group members
- Co-Workers (past and present)
These individuals are usually willing to help, offer you advice, pass along a contact or resume.
It may take some time to list all these people, but this list is a great place to start your networking efforts. Be sure to reaffirm that networking is a two way street and that if you can repay the kindness, you would be willing to help them.