Most professionals know that having a strong network can lead to career-boosting opportunities. However, figuring out how to expand your network isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a newly-minted professional.
Fortunately, the process is often far easier than you’d expect. Here is a look at some classic ways to build your network quickly.
Tap Your Alumni Association
If you’re building your professional network from scratch or would like to have something in common with people you reach out to, consider tapping your alumni association as a starting point. Many alumni associations maintain graduate databases, including details about their majors, jobs, and current employers. As a result, you may find members with the same degree following career paths you’d like to explore.
The benefit of going this route is that you have an automatic icebreaker. You both attended the same school, providing you with common ground that can serve as a jumping-off point for further bonding.
Join Professional Organizations
Another excellent resource when you want to build your network is professional organizations. Many industries have multiple professional organizations focused on the sector, and some even have highly specialized ones concentrating on specific niches. Similarly, there are professional organizations dedicated to particular fields, regardless of industry.
With this, you often get benefits beyond networking opportunities. For example, you may be able to attend educational seminars, learn about industry advances, and even access career support services.
Attend Industry Events
Similar to the tip above, attending industry events and conferences is a great way to connect with people working in your sector. Plus, it’s often a chance to learn about emerging technology and trends, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve.
While in-person events are usually the most effective for networking, as you can connect with other attendees casually, virtual conferences often come with opportunities, too. Additionally, you may be able to access a list of attendees, giving you a way to contact others who attended.
Join LinkedIn or Facebook Groups
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with your network. Plus, it can be a source of new connections. By joining LinkedIn or Facebook groups focused on your profession or industry, you have a chance to connect with other professionals who are associated with your field.
Plus, many of the discussions are brimming with helpful tidbits. Finally, by offering your expertise to others, you can position yourself as a skilled professional and thought leader while building relationships.
If you have a person in your network who is connected to someone you’d like to meet, requesting an introduction is a great way to expand your network. Since you and the other person has a connection in common, they may be more inclined to agree to meet with you. As a result, it may open doors you’d struggle to open others.
Ultimately, all of the tips above can help you build your network quickly and effectively. If you’d like to learn more about efficient networking, the team at GSG Talent Solutions wants to hear from you. Contact us today.