As a communications officer, I find it prudent to build a network of professionals in the same field of expertise in order to enhance my knowledge and skills and also create potential job opportunities for the future. In order to achieve this, I’ve made it a point to follow some helpful steps.
1. Community Events
I’ve made it a priority to attend events in the community that I work in that are organized by different groups, such as municipalities, townships and First Nations. In this way, not only am I learning about initiatives and programs that others are offering, but I’m also getting to meet a variety of people in person. Moreover, individuals that I already communicate with via email or telephone can put a face to my name, which creates a friendly rapport and allows them to see my character and listen to my ideas (Dodd, 2015).
2. Working Groups
Oftentimes, challenges arise, which require some sort of collaboration with team members. For instance, there have been negative posts by some followers recently on my organization’s Facebook page, which border racism. As such, I’m in the process of drafting a social media policy with the assistance of a working group in which I’m also part of. This allows senior management and others to discuss ideas and share insights into tackling the issue at hand. This ‘meeting of the minds’ is essential when writing policies that have far reaching effects as is listening to teammates expertise, which can only benefit the organization’s long-term goals.
It is crucial to acknowledge that if one wants to succeed in their careers ahead of the pack, they will have to remain proactive. During the next six-to-twelve months, I will continue collaborating with internal staff and individuals from other organizations and companies. I believe it’s beneficial to build a network of communications officers and share information amongst each other. Although it’s important to be diverse in networking attempts, focusing on my sphere of expertise will narrow down my search (Arruda, 2017) and increase my chances of building solid contacts.
What types of newsletters do others offer? How frequently are social media applications used by other communication personnel? What are other organizations social media policy? These are important questions that should be asked with no hesitation. I don’t know everything in my field of work and there’s bound to be others who have more expertise than I, so why not ask for assistance. It can only lead to better contacts and shows a sense of humility that can go a long way. This is why it is an effective strategy to participate in a plethora of team building activities to effectively maximize collaboration skills (Gibbs, 2020). Do you think these steps are a constructive way in expanding networking opportunities?