Professional networking is the idea of building relationships with coworkers, bosses, industry veterans and folks up and down the supply chain. Your network can be especially important to success in the workplace. Here are some ways to build your network and than maintain the relationship.
Make new contacts
Everyone you come in contact with at work or in the industry should be considered a potential network member. You must make an effort to meet people if you hope to build your web. One great place to do this is at an after hours get together. According to workplace information site CareerJournal.com, after-work parties and events are hot networking spots because people are there to enjoy themselves. But you must follow certain tips: Keep you drinking to a minimum, dress fittingly and get around and mingle.
Even people you communicate with over the phone make good network partners. Wherever you meet your contacts, following up is key. According to job search firm Monster.com, regular and consistent follow up is key to maintaining the relationship.
After you have started your network it is key to maintain the relationship. It is also very important to clearly understand why you are building your network. Career advancement? Workplace assistance? One of the major networking errors is not acting on your network. Instead, make sure you are up-to-date on industry trends, job opportunities, and ways to innovate. Use your web to learn what the higher-ups desire from the organization and employees. Learn what is bothering the bosses before the company memo gets passed out.