By: Cara Chatellier
Recruitingblogs.com states that 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. In order to find a new role, become better at your own job, learn from industry experts and more, networking is essential.
Below you will find 5 ways to make new connections and contacts to grow your network!
Tip #1: Go to a Networking Event
Networking events are a perfect way to make new connections. Try to go to an event with
over 30 attendees where you know there will be a number of people to mingle with. One of the great things about these events is: everyone is there to chat and connect—make the best of it! Make sure to talk to as many people as possible!
Networking Event Best Practices:
- RSVP beforehand to get updates and location information.
- Bring plenty of business cards
- Be prepared. If you can see attendance lists, research companies of those you may meet!
- Leave your phone in the car, your pocket or bag—be attentive and present.
- Smile and be open to chatting with others
Join Brandeis GPS Staff, Faculty, Advisory Board Members, Corporate Partners and Students of the past and future for our first ever Networking Event! 10/16 6-9pm RSVP here!
Tip #2: Join a Networking Group
Well first, what is a networking group? It’s a group (most likely on LinkedIn or meetup)
where you can be alerted about new job opportunities, gain access to new groups of people, learn about new events and swap industry tips and knowledge.
Networking groups are a technique to meet others, both professionally and socially.
Tip #3: Connect, Connect & Connect some more!
LinkedIn offers an unrivaled method to connect professionals in your field via social media.
Make sure you add:
- Everyone you meet in a professional setting
- Professionals with similar backgrounds
- Professionals in similar industries with different roles
- Members of associations you’re interested in
Don’t forget to follow the LinkedIn Best Practices:
- Spell-check personalized messages
- Actually read the profiles of those you are messaging
- Schedule face to face meetings or phone calls with your connections, (make them ‘real’)!
- Use a recent and professional photo
- Recommend only those you have worked directly with and who you feel confident in their quality of work
Tip #4: Attend Industry Relevant Conferences
Conferences are a great way to keep up-to-date on industry trends. Most conferences will have large rooms with tables from different vendors. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn about new technologies, companies and opportunities.
Conferences allow you to network with professionals in your industry. You can share your ideas and get immediate feedback from credible individuals.
Conversations at conferences can lead to business connections. Make sure to share your business cards and don’t be shy asking about other similar events which may be beneficial.
Tip #5: Attend Industry Specific ‘Meet-Ups’
According to Meetup.com, ‘Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups.’ Meetup makes it easy to meet members of your industry of field of interest in a fun and interactive way. There are thousands of meetups you can take part of, and most of them are free. Since you already know the subject matter, this will make it easy for introverts to step into the networking world. The only question is: why not?