You’ve likely been hearing the networking career tip that it’s not what you know, but who you know since the very beginning of your education and career. No matter how qualified you are, it’s people who do the hiring, and having a solid network of professional relationships will advance your successful career faster.
With social distancing in effect for the foreseeable future, networking online—which some people including me were already doing pre-Covid—has become the primary way to connect.
The good news is that this has opened new doors and lifted geographical restrictions. Networking has become more efficient and accessible as the world has changed, and you can adjust too with these tips:
- Leverage your LinkedIn network to stay on top of industry knowledge and take note of who’s talking about what. Intentionally send connection requests to people whose careers align with your goals.
- Replace the coffee meeting with a 30 minute video call. Remember, just because the world has changed doesn’t mean the human desire to make real connections has gone anywhere!
- Scan networking websites like Meetup to find like-minded professionals in your area who are eager to connect and discuss their work.
- Take on mentorship and seek mentors. A good mentor will ultimately help you better understand what makes a great leader in your industry. Conversely, being a mentor allows you to test your knowledge and exercise leadership skills. It also looks great on your resume!
I would love to hear if you try any of these tips and how it goes for you. If I can be of support in determining a specific action plan based on your situation, I would be happy to have a conversation with you. Here is a link to get on my calendar: www.michelebrant.com/call
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