If you’re just at the very beginning of your career, it might seem daunting to build your network from scratch. Here are some great tips to get going:
- Identify your passion: find a specific association where you can develop more professional networks
- Ask for introductions: Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, and former classmates to connect you with relevant people in your niche. Besides, the connection made through a mutual friend is often strong and long-lasting.
- Be where your network is: Where do the people in your industry socialize? Are they spending more time in online job communities? Or do they tend to meet up in person more?
- Create an online presence: Another benefit of creating an online presence is that people will also come to you. You can write posts and interact in Jobcase community.
- Give before you take: An important aspect of using your professional network to help you with your successful career is to give before you take. While everyone expects to be asked for help, adding value first can have a significant impact. Once you have helped them successfully, they’ll likely be eager to return the favor.
I also feel that you have to be selective about what connections to make. I'm not just gonna expand my network aimlessly or blindly.
To be honest I never landed a job based on a connection. But I still like to make friends and I always learn something new from my new connections.