No matter what your walk of life, you will find it necessary at some point to engage in some form of networking. Whether you make cars for a living, fill teeth, or flip burgers, you are going to need to spend time in contact with others of your field to learn new techniques, share information, and spread word of your skills. With the job market tight pretty much nationwide, letting colleagues know you may be angling for a promotion or new position, and need their backup, can make or break you. Networking, therefore, is far more than a matter of going on Facebook and posting cute cat videos.
It used to be, pre-internet days, a good, up-to-date resumé was about all most prospective employees armed themselves with in their job-hunting escapades. Included in these documents would be past work history (if any), educational background, and the all-important references. Arguments were presented in job-search programs, in schools, and books galore, as to the format, the relative value of any component of the resumé, and whether to even include references unless asked. Enter the social media phenomenon, and all that has gone out the window (any version, pun fully intended).
Suppose you are a beginning practitioner of any branch of alternative medicine, be that acupressure, herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, what-have-you. These are not exactly fields so commonplace yet that you may find professional associations for them on every street corner, although that can change, and hopefully, it will, soon. Where would you search for like-minded professionals, seniors in your particular area of practice, experienced in both their skills and in the community’s heartbeat? Try your local (or nearest) Holistic Chamber of Commerce.
With meetings periodically (this one, you’ll need to check out depending on your whereabouts) and websites galore, your community’s HCC can steer you to professionals who will be capable of guiding you on your journey. On the other end of the spectrum, should you seek help from a practitioner in any of the natural health modalities, what better place to ask questions and get referrals? The resources of this organization are a gold mine for either the new altmed professional or the prospective client.
Locally, there are chapters the HCC meeting regularly in the City of Los Angeles, in Santa Monica, Northridge, and Sherman Oaks. To learn more about this organization, go to http://www.holisticchamberofcommerce.com/ and search for a chapter near you, more information in general, and contact details.