Career Networking is a process of forming a friendship where the major basis for your relationship is work-related instead of shared personal interests.As with any relationship, your network should consist of people you like and admire.
Today we can take the advantage of a vast number of social networking sites. After building a noble career network, you can easily ask for job referral. Here are strategies which can be used to develop and maintain career network.
1.Network Anywhere and Everywhere
Once you think of it more as “forming connections” rather than networking. It’s easy to see that countless opportunities to build your network are available.
You can talk about work and your career-related goals during your kids’ play dates, at the pick-up line for school, at church, during parties, or at other cultural event, and during any kind of get-together. So just discuss and make network.
2.Try to Meet Lots of People
The more people you know, the more likely you are to make a connection with someone who might know of a job or a good person for you to meet.
Look for opportunities to broaden your network.This can be as small as chitchatting on the elevator, introducing yourself to a speaker at a conference, or saying hello to that person you see every Saturday at yoga class.
3.Connect Online After Meeting in Person
There is no shortage of online social sites: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat — the list goes on and on. Don’t be shy about connecting with people you’ve met in person on these social networks.
Your tweets, LinkedIn posts, and other social media activity can make your relationship with connections feel closer and more intimate.
4.Find out a Mentor
While it’s good to know a lot of people, it’s also good to build deep, long-term relationships.
A mentor can be a touchstone throughout your career, helping you to evaluate job offers, know when it’s the right time to leave a job, negotiate a raise, and generally help you with all sorts of career-related conundrums.
5.Make Friends at Work
Most likely, you won’t be at your current job forever and neither will your co-workers! Build strong relationships with colleagues. if you’re lucky, you’ll discover that you have a lot more than where you work in common.
These relationships will make your time at work more pleasant, and may also lead to job-related opportunities in the future, too.