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You’ve taken the leap and left the comforts of your home and country to see how the rest of the people in the world are living life. It’s a great period for you to learn and even teach others a thing or two. Yet, we are creatures of habit and tend to settle in where we feel most comfortable, which can dictate who we spend time with and the places we frequent. Networking is the opportunity extend your influence in a variety of communities and the wider environment.

If you’re a student or a recent graduate, it’s likely that the people you spend the most time with are your peers and they’re in the same situation as you. This means that you’re all studying or looking for one of your first meaningful jobs. Your peers are a great group of people to share common experiences with because they’ll understand your references and can offer a sympathetic ear. However, what they often can’t offer is that vital link to the world distinct from your narrow universe, which means you will be left with few job opportunities.

A networking event, outside of your current school or social circles, provides one of the most fruitful circumstances that is available to you. That’s because you’re meeting new people, and your background, which was previously similar to many of your friends, might now be quite different from this new group of people, therefore, placing your skills or knowledge in higher demand. Networking shouldn’t be approached as occasion to acquire help from others, instead you need to focus on how your connections or skillset can be of aid to others. By providing value to others, you’ll simultaneously be placing yourself in a position to benefit.

It seems fairly common sense to expect that we’re more likely to help people that have helped us, opposed to a stranger asking for a favor, but sometimes we forget this basic notion. Friends are a great source of comfort, but not a source for jobs because they’re not in a position to hire or provide a referral for you. Placing yourself in a new environment with dissimilar people will enable you to distinguish yourself and increase the likelihood you have that special something somebody else needs. Use the skills you’ve learned from your current social & educational circles and increase your value through networking opportunities by filling the needs of other groups.

Network with other job seekers this Sunday from 2pm-4pm at Google’s Campus Seoul: JobSeekr Global Networking & Job Fair.

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