If you’re hoping to build a professional network from scratch, it’s important to start by developing a strong online presence. In this post, we’ll suggest some simple steps to help you do just that:
Build a professional online presence.
- Build a professional online presence. A LinkedIn profile, Twitter account and Facebook page are all great ways to begin building your network on the internet. If you have time and money, consider creating a blog or website as well.
Connect with the right people.
- Connect with the right people.
- Know the difference between a connection and a relationship.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help (and don’t be afraid to say no).
- Don’t be afraid to let people know you are looking for opportunities, even if they aren’t directly related to your current role or industry
Identify key players in your industry.
The first step to building a network is identifying key players in your industry. These are the people who have a track record of success and have built up an impressive network of contacts over time.
- Look for influential bloggers, speakers and authors who are respected by their peers (e.g., Seth Godin)
- Look for thought leaders who speak at conferences or host webinars regularly (e.g., Ramit Sethi)
- Look for people who have written books on specific topics that are relevant to yours (e.g., Michael Hyatt)
Make networking a priority.
- Make networking a priority.
- Make time to network.
- Create a networking plan and stick with it!
- Be proactive about your career, not reactive. The more you put yourself out there and make connections, the more opportunities will come your way because people will know who you are and what value you can bring them (and vice versa).
- Be authentic in all of your interactions–don’t fake it until you make it!