Regardless of your career goals or aspirations, it is important to network with others and build relationships. As the world continues to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be a bit different and a bit difficult to build those relationships. To help you get started, we’ve outlined 5 ways to help you make those connections.
1. Social media
Social media has been a great way for people to connect during these trying times. It is also a great way to promote yourself and what you’re working on while connecting with others doing the same thing. Utilizing places like Instagram or Facebook can open you up to meeting other professionals and companies through commenting on or sharing posts, joining private groups, or even privately messaging those in related industries.
2. LinkedIn and other networking sites
The nature of LinkedIn, and other sites like it, is specifically to network with other professionals, so use it as frequently as you can. Much like Facebook, it is a great place to join private groups and network with alumni and others in your industry. If LinkedIn isn’t working well for you, you can also check out some of these sites:
When working to build your network, be sure to connect with others by interacting with their posted content and creating some of your own. Also, don’t be afraid to network with people you haven’t actually met before. Find a commonality between yourself and those who you’d like to connect with and send a request to connect along with a kind message.
3. Virtual networking events
Networking events can be stressful and a bit awkward at times when done in person, so it’s natural to be a little wary of virtual ones. However, they’re still worth looking into and attending when attempting to connect with new people in your desired industry.
To help yourself prepare, do some research into who is attending and learn a bit about them prior to speaking to them at the event. Additionally, have some thoughtful questions you’d like to ask based on this research. You’ll be sure to impress those you’re networking with and it will help you to make an impression.
Your work isn’t over when the event ends either. Most importantly, be sure to follow up and connect with those you spoke to and mention one of the specific details you learned from them based on those thoughtful questions you had asked to help them remember you by. If the idea of networking still makes you a bit anxious, check out our article here.
Webinars are a great way to learn about a topic, but they can also help you network. There are also webinars for practically any topic or subject. To start out, sign up for some about networking or job searching.
Once the session has started, many feature a chat option. If given the opportunity, chat with others during the webinar about the topic and what the speaker has to say. Much like yourself, the attendants are also looking to network and connect with others. Share your LinkedIn profile and keep in touch with the other attendees through that platform.
5. Alumni networks
If you’ve obtained at least an undergraduate degree, you probably have a strong network of alumni who are ready to connect and assist you without even knowing it. Work to connect with these alumni through various forms of social media or potential events hosted by your alma mater. Join private groups and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.
Connecting with others online is easy once you know where to get started. Using the platforms laid out here, you’ll be connecting with others in no time. Good luck!