Networking seems like the last priority while trying to balance a full time job, a social life, grocery shopping, and everything in between.
Luckily, there is an easy way to make meaningful connections that doesn’t require schlepping to events and dead-end meetups.
If you’re part of an entrepreneur community than you may have already heard of Shapr, the networking app that’s taken off with almost 900,000 professionals using it daily.
The app facilitates a more efficient, do-it-from-anywhere networking experience, that takes less than two minutes a day.
Using Shapr, you pick up to ten self-selected interests such as #yoga or #marketing to get started. The app will then show you around 15 curated profiles a day of people in your area who share your interests.
Swipe right on those you hope to meet, left to pass, and BAM! You’ll get a notification when the interest is mutual and can take that conversation offline. Here are four tips to get the most out of the app and boost your career:
Get In The Door At Interesting Companies
If you have a 2018 resolution to jump ship at your current company and find a more meaningful role elsewhere, networking is the perfect way to get your foot in the door.
Take others to coffee to learn what they like about their company and assess whether that company would be a potential fit for you. If you see a dream job posting later, reach out and ask your Shapr contact to help submit you.
Starting the process early, learning about interesting companies, and making a connection that can be your internal champion will make a world of difference in the interview process.
Expand Your Perspective
Want to get better at your job? Meeting new people will offer fresh perspectives on trends in your industry or topics that excite you.
Sharing knowledge and ideas can lead you to solutions you may have never thought of.
For example, add #cryptocurrency to your Shapr profile to find someone willing to get you up to speed about bitcoin and Ethereum, or add #WriteronShapr to meet other bloggers and trade notes.
Inspire New Ideas
Coffee with new people gets your blood flowing and can help you brainstorm the ideas necessary to land a big promotion or launch your own business.
Grab a cup and see where the conversation takes you. You may come up with the next big idea and find a cofounder at the same time.
Land More Business
Anyone who does freelance, works in sales, or owns their own business knows they need to drum up referrals to reach their goals.
People willing to network are generally good networkers, which means they have lots of people they can send your way as potential clients.
So get out there and make a good first impression, whether it’s to find a job, land new business or just switch up your routine.
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