Sign Up for design conference’s
There are many design and coding conferences going on every year. They all have great speakers who talk about the up and coming trends. There is no better place than at these conferences to network with other designers like you. Each year, you will see new faces and are always walking out with more knowledge and contacts.
Suggested conferences to check out:
These are just a handful of conferences that are out there for 2011, but you can search for more on the web. In most cases, the speakers own an agency and are looking for creative people. You never know who you will run into, so keep your eyes open and keep business cards on hand.
Things to remember:
- Bring plenty of business cards to hand out.
- Try to ask questions that will put the spotlight on you.
- Listen and talk with others.
Clubs & Meet-Ups
One of the greats ways to meet new designers and coders is to go to monthly or weekly meet ups. It’s a good way just like at conferences to meet and network with people in your field. Joining a club is also, another way to network. Whether it’s an online or not, you can talk about new trends, share ideas, and get outside opinions.
Things to remember:
- Make sure the meet-up is legit. Be aware of scams!
- Join clubs or meet-ups that have more than 3 meet-ups a year.
- Don’t join something you need to pay for. These should be FREE.
Keep your eyes peeled for more websites like these. It’s easy to network over a computer, but a completely different experience in person. It’s up to you what you’re more comfortable with. So join in and start networking!
Email, Aim, and Other ways of keeping intouch
This is the one I use the most. I really try to keep in touch with most of the people I’ve met over the years. There could be an opportunity waiting for you just around the block. Recently, an opportunity came my way to work full-time as an Art Director with a fast-growing agency called Built By The Factory based in NYC (follow them @bbtfactory). Use their business card, email, number or whatever they give you to keep in touch because it will help you in the long run.
Things Not to Do:
- Don’t email the person every day. No one likes a spammer.
- Don’t hit them up on IM so many times.
- Don’t email something mean if they don’t get back to you.