I want my professional network to consist of what I am currently doing now, and what I have accomplished in the past. I want to use my network to connect with potential employers or even those who share similar interests as me. My main strategy is to expand my network across multiple channels and continue to set up a strong professional identity online and in person. I also want to establish a consistent way of introducing myself to possible new connections.
- Make an impactful first impression
- Seek out networking opportunities
- Make time in my schedule and plan ahead
- Practice my “elevator pitch”
- Make sure I save contact details
- Update my job description
- Make my contact information easily accessible
- Update and Improve my LinkedIn presence
- Read more blogs, articles and attend more virtual events in order to stay on top of current trends
In the next 6- 12 months, I plan to reach out to the connections that I currently have, and those that I had previously, and make a conscious effort to revitalize those relationships. I want to get into the habit of keeping in touch with people on a regular basis, or at least connect with them a few times a year to touch base and network. It would be easier if I could meet up with them in person, but because of Covid-19, I will need to reconnect with them online or by Zoom calls.
“Hands down LinkedIn is one of the most important social media platforms for business professionals, and if you’re not active, you’re most likely missing opportunities to be connected to people who could help you (or whom you could help) this year, next year, or ten years from now.”Brownlee, 2020, p.8
I am an introvert by nature, and I can struggle a bit in social and business situations when I am dealing with even small groups of people. My plan is to fully utilize Facebook and LinkedIn. This would allow me to take advantage of the fact that they give you the chance to connect with others without having to pick up the phone or go to events. I have found these networks useful in the past and will continue to rely on them going forward. I want to step outside of my comfort zone and widen my skill sets. By dealing with other professional outlets that I am not overly familiar with, I am opening doors to new opportunities and contacts. I plan to attend some virtual events that I have little to no knowledge about, including Indeed training events and other training courses that are available through Instagram, You Tube and various web based companies.
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