Building and maintaining a good network of contacts can pay dividends to your career. Online social networking now plays a major role, and makes it easier than ever to stay in touch with people. Follow our simple guide and start building your network.
This is the obvious one. Events give you opportunity to meet lots of people, both formally at specific networking sessions, or informally at drinks afterwards. Use events to meet people in your sector, or in the sector you’d like to work in. Swap business cards and search for your new contacts on LinkedIn or the ICAEW community.
Websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have transformed the way we keep in touch with people. They are also tools to make new contacts and build networks.
The ICAEW community is a friendly place to start. You can add a profile, connect with peers and participate in the forums. It’s easy to use and free.
LinkedIn is widely used by the professional community. It’s also a sensible alternative to giving your boss access to your Facebook page.
Or more specifically, your contacts’ contacts! Ask people you know to introduce you to their colleagues, clients or business partners. A warm introduction is an endorsement – it can go a long way. Using social networks such as LinkedIn will show you who you have a common link with.
Finally, remember to make lasting contacts. Everyone changes jobs at some point so make sure you have their personal contact details or connect with them online. Don’t lose the opportunity to get a great reference when you need it.
Smoozing. Working the room. For many people, networking has negative connotations. It conjures up images of making awkward small talk with a room full of strangers.
If you have networking demons, or you’re simply shy, try some of the following techniques:
Still need help? Our expert career coaches can help you build a personalised networking plan. He will teach you how to have effective networking conversations, approach people you don’t know, and how to build your network.
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