Develop and Cultivate – That’s what it’s all about as you begin to map out a career path. You begin by organizing all your assets. You think about your credentials, your resume, your cover letter, your blog and the visual content that supports who you are, where you want to be and a means to position your narrative in front of the appropriate people.
You also think about the social media outlets that can help you research the marketplace, view possible job opportunities and learn as much as you can about the target(s) in front of you.
As you continue putting pieces in place to get started, you will also FOCUS on the network that you have available and despite what you might think, you all have a network to work with. You know people and they know people. That’s how networking works. You make a list of meaningful resources and you reach out. You make time to have ‘exploratory’ conversations. You learn to ask good questions that will create a solid dialogue and you make an impact so that you are remembered. Great credentials are certainly necessary, but the key question is: WILL THEY REMEMBER YOU?
You put yourself out there and expose yourself to a variety of opportunities that will present more OPPORTUNITY. You meet people at events, at social meet-ups and you make an impression that is lasting and continue to build the network. Most jobs are secured through Networking more than any job board.
So think about who you are, what you do, how you do it, where you want to do it and what is the best way to get there.
In other words, you go to DC. Develop and Cultivate.