No matter how you choose to begin your networking adventure, however, you have to have a plan!
And remember, you want to build a network BEFORE you need it. It’s never too soon to start.
Networking Ideas in A Group Format
Attending events with lots of people can feel intimidating, especially if you are an introvert. But, these group meetings can be helpful when used strategically. I recommend finding someone to go with you or plan to meet someone you know there to eliminate some of your anxiety.
- Job seeker networking groups
- Chamber of Commerce meetings
- Trade shows
- Professional association events
- Board membership
- Fundraising events
- Enroll in training or classes
- Affinity groups
- One-On-One Networking Ideas
Networking with one person at a time can feel less intimidating, but make sure you are prepared for your meeting.
- Schedule a follow-up meeting with people you’ve recently met
- Reconnect with past colleagues
- Find a mentor
- Also, consider building an advisory board o a
Online Networking Ideas
Search for alumni is also a highly effective form of networking. Consider using LinkedIn’s alumni tool and also your school’s alumni database. Other ideas include:
- Relevant groups on LinkedIn
- Relevant groups on Facebook
- User groups
- Twitter Chats
- Virtual networking events
- Online classes
Blend Personal With Professional
Finally, share your goals with the people you know best. After all, they know you best!
- Family reunions or get-togethers
- Friend get-away
- Attend sporting events
- Participate in sports or activities
- Host a holiday celebration
There are thousands more ideas, I’m sure. I hope these get you started!
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!