Networking with your peers and colleges is a great way to grow in your industry. Not only can you learn valuable tips, but you can also connect with new contacts or connections. Networking may seem tricky at first, but adding these tips into your arsenal will greatly benefit you and your career.
Tip #1: Use social media to your advantage
Social media is not simply for friendships; instead, you can use social media to get to know other contacts. Why this works is because it eliminates the pressure and tension of a face-to-face meet up. It’s also a way in which you can respond to communications on your time and not pressured to make an immediate decision about something.
Many professionals use LinkedIn to network with peers and other professionals, some also use the likes of Twitter or Google Plus. To create engagement, you can like or comment on a post uploaded by them. These communications will come in handy when you actually get to meet in person, you can refer to this and not be complete strangers.
Tip #2: Meet people through word of mouth (through other people)
As the saying goes, “it’s not what you know but who you know”. This is very true especially with close-knit networks as some people refer colleagues they know to other peers and in this way, you not only network but also even stand an opportunity to land a new job. If you meet people through other people, there’s a lot of mutual ground and it breaks down some barriers, setting the tone for a friendlier meeting. When you meet through people you know, there’s no need to be a complete nervous wreck!
Tip #3: Use your resume to your advantage