Networking is to build your “network” or group of people with whom you have professional relationships or share professional interests. You should be making connections with others who have knowledge about particular industries, jobs, organizations, etc. This creates mutually beneficial relationships where you can use people in your network as a resources to ask for advice, information, recommendations, references, etc. on a professional level.
- Helps you build your personal brand, your professional connections, your online presence, your interests and your knowledge base.
- Where?: Social media, professional organizations, your workplace, local events, volunteering, special interest groups, etc.
- Be authentic
- How to Network:
- Introduce yourself
- Create a conversation
- Obtain contact information
- Follow up