You know that networking is one of the best ways to find a new job. Yet, when it comes to building your professional network, where do you begin? Whether you’re just starting out in your career or are a seasoned professional, here are some tips for building a robust one and leveraging it to achieve your career goals.
Connect with your local alumni group.
Wherever you went to college, there’s likely an alumni group that’s local in or around the Spokane area you can join. Oftentimes, these have social hours and business events you can attend where you can re-connect with old friends and meet new fellow alumni. Depending on the size of the group, there might even be sub-groups based on the industry you work in. Check out your school’s website or call them to find out details.
Set goals and get social.
If you already belong to certain groups, like a local business or industry association, get more active with them. Aim to attend at least one event every month, so you’re meeting new people, collaborating with others and learning about different trends and challenges others in the industry are facing. If you don’t already belong to one, then research the groups near you, find one that interests you, and join.
Make networking fun.
Networking doesn’t have to be all business. In fact, you’re networking all the time, even when you’re attending your child’s soccer game or going to a wedding. As you connect with others and forge new relationships, your professional network will grow, too.
Remain in-the-know in your industry.
Beyond attending in-person events, network online, too. Join an industry forum or a private group on LinkedIn related to your industry. Read up on the latest news and trends impacting your business, so you are on top of what’s going on. Subscribe to relevant newsletters and follow industry influencers on social media.
Putting effort into building your network isn’t always easy. However, in the long run, it can have a positive impact on your career and future goals.
Ready to network your way into a new job?
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