For me, professional networking has always seemed like an overwhelming task. While I understand the importance of building a network, I never knew where to start. Presently, my efforts have been around face to face interactions with colleagues, however, this year I’m committed to doing more.
A professional network, which can be online or in person, is a group of individuals who have connected with one and other for career or business related reasons. Together, they can solve work-related problems, recommend vendors and suppliers, introduce job leads, and provide information about prospective employers, employees, and clients.
As I currently have not been putting much emphasis on online professional networking, diving into this world seems complicated, however, breaking down the tasks makes it much more manageable. Some of my objectives for the next few months are:
- Join an online professional networking site
- Reconnect using social media with old coworkers, classmates and friends
- Participate in more online courses
Additionally, I plan to broaden my in-person networking by:
- Participating in work run development courses
- Joining the workplace social team
So where should I start? My first task will be to join LinkedIn, currently the world’s largest online professional networking site. It has millions of users in over 200 countries all over the world!
Despite being outside my comfort zone, I’m convinced that by developing my professional networking I will be able to further my career aspirations and have a great support system to bounce work-related discussions off of. I’m excited to see how my objectives will influence my work-life.
How do you tackle professional networking?
Do you find online networking or in-personal networking easier?