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3 Ways To Network Over Summer Vacation

3 Ways To Network Over Summer Vacation

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It’s finally summer, and all you want to do is sprawl yourself out on a beach chair, slurp a fruity, refreshing beverage, and soak up some rays. Your career is the LAST thing on your mind.

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While it’s important to take some time for yourself and enjoy life outside the workplace, it’s also important to stay on your game – you never know when that life-changing opportunity will present itself.

Here are a few ways you can network over summer vacation (and still ENJOY your time off!):

1. Always Keep Business Cards Handy

It’s important to always have a few business cards with you – no matter where you are or what you’re doing. If you happen to meet someone at the tiki bar who you think would be an asset to your network, you want to be prepared.

Even if you’re a job seeker or your company doesn’t offer business cards, it’s still important to have them. Check out this article to learn more about what your business card should say in order to promote your personal brand effectively.

2. Plan A Family Trip

If you’re considering relocating or you just want to start building a network in a particular area, consider taking a family trip to that location. Get to know the area, attend local events, and make an effort to meet new people.

Don’t go into it with an “all-business” mindset, though. Remember, you’re on vacation with your family. The focus is on spending your time with them, not making lots of connections. If you can meet one or two locals and build a causal relationship with them, that’s a great start. (Don’t forget to give them your business card before you leave, and follow up with them after you’ve returned to your hometown!)

3. Take 30 Minutes Each Week To Network Online

Even if your summer may be jam-packed with fun activities, it’s likely you have a half hour each week to spare. Make time each week to attend a virtual networking event for at least 30 minutes. It’s not a major time commitment, and the reward could be huge.

Not to mention, you can do it while you’re sipping on a refreshing cocktail on your patio. That’s one of the great things about virtual networking – you can do it virtually anywhere!

See, networking isn’t so hard (even during summer vacation)!

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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.