How to Network in a New City

As a young professional with limited work experience, having connections can be a key factor in determining if your resume gets bumped to the top of the stack or tossed in the trash.

When I decided to move this summer from Memphis to Washington, D.C., the land where the mantra is "It’s not what you know, but who you know," I was panic-stricken. Networking? I hadn't ever navigated those murky and unfamiliar waters of business etiquette. I feared an abundance of clammy handshakes and tedious small talk. And in a new city filled with unfamiliar faces? I would have preferred to get a root canal than to attend my vision of a networking event.

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Lisa Elaine Babb
Reporter, The Kiplinger Letter
Babb covers retail, advertising and agriculture for The Kiplinger Letter. Before joining Kiplinger in June 2014 she lived in Memphis, TN, where she was editor of The Daily Helmsman, U of M's independent student newspaper, and freelanced for The Commercial Appeal and Click. She earned a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Memphis.