By: Connor Judson Garrett – June 7, 2016
Living in Los Angeles I can tell you firsthand a few of stereotypes about the people here are true. In this city everyone is trying to get something. People relocate to LA from all over the world, same as I did, to chase their dreams. It’s a different kind of hustle from New York City, but everyone is looking to climb.
Being new to LA from Atlanta, to a certain extent I have to think about networking in almost every interaction. Back in Atlanta I was never like that, but my mentality shifted when I unpacked and made this my home. Now I consider whether acquaintances and people I meet will be beneficial to me more carefully than before. Here’s the caveat:
1) Make sure you have something to offer in return
Consider every social favor you receive to be a loan. You need to have a way to return the favor – that’s the first step to networking with a conscience.
2) Be direct
People can sense when you’re angling for something. If they want to help they’ll tell you, if not then hopefully they’ll be just as clear about that, it’s good to be a dreamer, but no one likes a schemer.
3) Be genuine
When you’re networking it’s exciting to make connections that can be beneficial to your career, but don’t forget that you’re dealing with people who have their own needs and feelings. It’s a rule of proportions: you should never know more about the connections a person you’re talking to has than you know about them as an individual.