Networking in a new city can be stressful, to say the least. Here are four networking tips that will help you get your foot in the door.
Always say yes to an invite
The biggest key to networking when you’re new in a big city is putting yourself in situations that might be outside of your comfort zone. If your roommate, coworker or a friend invites you to something, go! Even if you won’t know anyone there, it’s a great opportunity to get to know new people. Aside from getting to know your coworkers or roommate better, you could also meet a new friend that’s your coworker’s significant other or a friend of a friend of your roommate.
Put yourself out there
Reach out friends of friends. People understand the challenge of moving to a new city and will be willing to grab a drink or dinner. Ask your friends if they know anyone in the city and take the initiative to reach out to them.
Ask people what their plans are for the weekend. They might have plans that would be easy to include more people in.
If there is something you want to check out or a restaurant you’re dying to try — just ask someone if they’d be interested. When people already have established friends and routines, it’s much harder to wait for others to make the first move for plans.
Join a community outside of work
Take a new class in an area your passionate about. It could be learning a new language or a weekly art class. Join a run club or studio. Volunteer somewhere important to you. Taking part in a new community is a great way to meet new people that share your interests outside of your daily workplace.
If you’re talking to a coworker about an activity you think might be fun or a new bar that just opened up, initiate plans to actually do it together.
If you meet someone that seems like they could become a good friendship, make the effort to continue making plans. If you’re both “Bachelor”–obsessed make plans for weekly wine nights to watch the new episode. Or if you’re both big Giants fans, reach out before games to make plans to watch together. You might even find the local bar for that sports team to make your new regular place and meet more transplants from the same city there.