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  • Writer's pictureMichael Glassock

How to Network and Make Connections in Your New Career



Transitioning to a new career can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you navigate your new career path, building a strong network can be an invaluable resource. In this blog, we will explore some tips on how to network and make meaningful connections in your new career.


1. Attend Industry Events: Attending industry events, conferences, and networking events is a great way to meet people in your field. These events offer an opportunity to learn about industry trends, make new connections, and build relationships with other professionals. Research events related to your industry, and plan to attend those that align with your interests and goals. Make sure to come prepared with your elevator pitch, business cards, and a genuine interest in meeting new people.


2. Utilise Social Media: In today's digital age, social media platforms like LinkedIn are an essential tool for networking. Create a professional profile that showcases your skills and experience, and join industry groups to connect with others in your field. Participate in discussions, share your own insights and experiences, and make sure to connect with people who you meet at events or through other channels.


3. Volunteer: Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and make connections in your field. Look for volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and career goals. Volunteering can also help you gain experience and build your resume, making you more attractive to potential employers.


4. Connect with Mentors: Finding a mentor who is established in your field can be an invaluable resource as you navigate your new career. Look for someone who has experience in your field and who you respect, and ask for their advice and guidance. This can be a great way to learn from someone who has already been where you are and can provide valuable insights and advice.


5. Be a Resource: Building strong relationships requires a willingness to give as well as receive. Offer to help others in your network by sharing your knowledge and expertise. This can help build strong relationships and increase your visibility within your industry.


6. Follow Up: After making a new connection, be sure to follow up. Send a message, connect on LinkedIn, or schedule a coffee meeting to solidify the connection and keep the relationship strong. Following up shows that you value the relationship and are committed to building a strong network.


7. Be Genuine: Building a strong network is about making meaningful connections, so be genuine and authentic in your interactions. Show a genuine interest in others, and be willing to listen and learn. Building a strong network takes time and effort, but with persistence and a genuine approach, you can build a network that can help you succeed in your new career.


In conclusion, networking and making connections is an essential part of building a successful career. By attending industry events, utilising social media, volunteering, connecting with mentors, being a resource, following up, and being genuine, you can build a strong network that can help you succeed in your new career.


If you're struggling to make meaningful connections or need help navigating your new career, consider hiring a career coach. As a coach, I can provide personalised guidance and support to help you build a strong network and succeed in your new career. Contact me to learn more about how I can support you in your career transition.

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