I need some ideas for networking and reaching out to new people to hopefully make more contacts which will help me land a better job later on.
What I’ve tried so far:
1) Reaching out to immediate family and friends. Sadly, very few of them work in Finance.
2) Reaching out to Alumni on LinkedIn.
Please keep in mind that I work in a very small company so networking opportunities from within are limited. I also have very limited free time outside of work and I don’t wish to spend it going golfing, hanging out at bars (where such people hang out), or pursuing a hobby just for the sake of job networking. At least I won’t devote a large chunk of my very limited free time on a regular basis in such activities.
One thing I haven’t done yet but heard a lot about the benefits of are Informational Interviews (cold calling those in #2 or friends of friends/family who are in Finance.) It seems to be a much better use of my time as I can schedule several of these every evening on the phone, provided I have enough contacts.
Another possible idea would be to join a CFA study group to hopefully meet others in the industry.
What do you think?