Building Your Professional Network

March 22, 2021

Building Your Professional Network

Networking is an important part of the job search process. Making connections and building your professional network can help you land the job you’ve been looking for.

Everyone you meet is a potential contact. You never know who may be able to refer you for a position. When you are referred by someone in the company, you are more likely to be considered for an interview.

Here are 5 ways you can build your professional network:

  • Volunteer - Volunteering in your desired field connects you with people in that industry. When you volunteer for a company, they get to know you and how you work. If a position becomes available, they may look to you first.
  • Update your social circle – Interacting with people who are like minded will get you headed in the right direction. Connect with people in the industry and keep in touch.
  • Write a networking letter – Let your contacts know you are open to new opportunities and what you are looking for. Send to family, friends and professional contacts. Someone may have a connection they can put you in contact with.
  • Attend networking events – Whether virtual or in person, networking events allow you to make new contacts who are in your area or have the same interests as you.
  • Grow your connections on LinkedIn – Connect with people you meet at events, interviews and social gatherings. Search LinkedIn for alumni from your school or co-workers from previous employers.

Stay connected. Make time to meet with these contacts. The next person you connect with could be the one to help get your foot in the door.

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