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How to Network

No, we’re not talking about a computer network!  Networking is an essential part of building a successful career. It can lead to job opportunities, new clients, and valuable connections. Have your networking skills dulled over the past three years of the pandemic?  You’re not alone! Here are some tips for effective networking:

  1. Identify your goals: Before you start networking, it’s important to identify your goals. What do you want to achieve through networking? Is it to find a new job, meet potential clients, or gain industry insights? Once you have a clear goal in mind, you can focus your networking efforts on achieving it.
  2. Attend industry events: Attending industry events is a great way to meet new people and expand your network. Look for events that are relevant to your industry or career goals and make sure to come prepared with business cards and a clear elevator pitch.
  3. Use social media: Social media platforms like LinkedIn can be powerful networking tools. Make sure your profile is up-to-date and professional, and connect with people in your industry. You can also join LinkedIn groups or participate in Twitter chats to connect with like-minded professionals.
  4. Follow up: After meeting someone at an event or connecting with them on social media, make sure to follow up. Send a personalized message or email thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in staying in touch.
  5. Offer value: Networking is a two-way street. To build strong relationships, it’s important to offer value to your connections. This could mean sharing industry insights, introducing them to other professionals, or offering to help with a project.
  6. Be authentic: Authenticity is key to building strong relationships. Don’t try to be someone you’re not or pretend to have interests that you don’t. Instead, focus on being yourself and building genuine connections with others.

By following these tips, you can build a strong network that will help you achieve your career goals. Remember, networking is a long-term investment, so focus on building strong relationships over time.