Take Your Career to the Next Level with Networking

Professional networking isn’t just about finding a job or accessing information. True networking – networking with a purpose – is about building authentic connections with people in and around your industry who share your interests. The right professional network provides you with opportunities to learn new skills. It can offer you encouragement and support when you need it the most. Networking is also the best way to get noticed.

Ready to take your career to the next level? Read on for some of the best ways to start networking with a purpose.

Start in Your Comfort Zone

Effective networking begins close to home. Reach out to your family and friends and ask them to spread the word about what you do. Networking with people you know will motivate you to make a great impression on new connections. Plus, close friends and family are more likely to recommend you for opportunities in a heartbeat.

Use Your Professional Network

Make a list of all the people you know professionally, including coworkers and managers at previous jobs, college advisors or professors, and past clients. This is your professional network. Reach out to them and seek their advice on achieving your career goals.

Build a Strong Online Presence

Having social media profiles and pages is not enough; you must use them wisely. Focus your efforts on the platforms that effectively connect you with people in your field. Generally speaking, LinkedIn is an important social media tool for building professional network connections. Post regularly on your LinkedIn page and discuss topics and news in your industry that interests you. Take time to comment on other peoples’ posts and interact with them.

Always Carry a Business Card

Even in our high-tech world, exchanging business cards is still one of the best ways to establish a networking connection. Most businesses will give you business cards, so if you don’t have any yet, talk to your manager. Business cards are especially useful if you attend external meetings or trade shows.

Attend Industry Events

Make an effort to attend events related to your industry. Whether it is a networking event, conference, or trade show, industry events allow you to connect with other people who share the same professional interests as you. Plus, there’s the opportunity to connect with potential clients. You can also attend digital conferences that connect you to people in the industry from around the world. If you have a limited budget, look for free networking events, both online and in person.


Learning how to network within your industry can seem intimidating initially, but these professional tips can help you get started the right way. Be open to the people who come your way, be authentic, and everything will fall into place.

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