Even in a field largely populated with introverts, like information technology, it’s important to know how to network. IT contractors need to be able to network with IT recruiters, IT managers, and other IT professionals. There are ways for even the most introverted IT consultant to network effectively, though, whether with IT recruiting agencies or other IT professionals.
- Make your networking goal-oriented—towards the right goal. Good networking is done to help others, not oneself. If you have a purpose in conversation, mainly to see how you can help somebody else, you will have a far less awkward and uncomfortable conversation. The payoff will obviously come later when you operate with this goal, but it will come in spades. People will remember you fondly and be eager to return the favors you’ve done in the future.
- Focus on the quality of your connections, not the quantity of them. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Have a manageable number of contacts that you can reliably offer to help once in a while.
- Find venues that you enjoy. You don’t have to network at ‘networking events.’ Meeting new people who are in your field can be done anywhere. Keep business cards on you even when you’re off duty. Be open to small conversations in unexpected situations. These will make for the best connections anyways—they will be the most memorable.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.