It’s been said time and time again, but it can’t be overstated: Networking is key when it comes to advancing your career and setting yourself up for long-term success. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned veteran in your field, it never hurts to grow your professional network! Here are three tips for doing just that.
Use Social Media
In today’s job world, you have a powerful networking tool at your fingertips – literally. Social media sites allow you to leverage the power of technology to network in your field. LinkedIn, in particular, is made specifically for this purpose. You’ll be able to connect with other industry professionals, join professional membership organizations, and keep up with the latest news in your field. Social media is also a great way to stay in touch with alumni organizations and other professional connections from your past.
Attend Job Fairs and Networking Events
Do some research online to discover any networking events being held in your area. Industry conferences, tradeshows and even fundraising events can also prove extremely valuable when attempting to grow your professional network. Of course, job fairs are another great option, even if you’re not in the market for a new position – where else can you find a multitude of employers and companies in your industry, all in the same place?
Ask People You Know
You already know people in your field, either from past jobs, your schooling or your current position. Don’t be afraid to ask those people about their connections. If you’re searching for someone in a particular niche within your field, there’s a good chance you know someone who can connect you.
Ready to expand your professional network to put yourself in the best possible position to advance your career? Call OakTree Staffing to find out how we can help you on your journey.