You’re going places in your career. Maybe you’re content with where you are right now, but you have big plans for the future, so networking is a must.
Whether your contact list is currently on the smaller side or already robust, there’s no such thing as having too many relevant connections. Here’s some advice to help you network effectively.
Join a Professional Association
One of the best ways to connect with like-minded people, a professional association offers a variety of opportunities. You’ll get to connect with other members at events, take advantage of learning opportunities, and impress potential employers with this affiliation on your resume.
There’s all kinds of professional associations to choose from — i.e., alumni associations, trade associations, regional networking groups — so consider joining more than one. The more active you are in the group, the more connections you’ll build, so make room in your schedule to participate.
Stay in Touch With Former Colleagues
You probably won’t work with the same people forever, but that doesn’t mean you should end the relationship when one of you leaves the company. Former co-workers can prove very valuable to your career.
If you stay in touch, they can let you know if a job that might interest you opens up with their current employer. They can also serve as references when you’re in the running for a new job, so don’t take them for granted.
Attend Industry Events
Your industry likely has a variety of local and national events. It’s time to start attending some to make new contacts.
This could mean attending after-work happy hours, out-of-town conferences, seminars and trade shows or even serving in a relevant role on a board. The more you get out there, the more contacts you’ll make.
Connect With a Recruiter
The right job doesn’t always come along when you’re actively looking. Building a relationship with a local recruiter can allow you to passively seek new opportunities.
You’ll meet with them to discuss your career goals and what your ideal next job looks like, then they’ll keep an eye out for the right position. You won’t even need to lift a finger until they find new openings for you to review.
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