With more people working virtually, networking has taken on a whole new meaning and you can now meet people at virtual events, conferences, job fairs, and more. Being able to network from home is a new skill that can advance your career even further.
Here are 5 tips on how to network from home:
1. Use Social Media
Social media is a great way to find like-minded people to connect with, whether that be via direct message, commenting, or emailing. Make sure to add important information in your bio, such as a link to your website, how to contact you, and information about your career.
2. Sign Up for Virtual Events
Look up something you want to learn or improve and sign up for an event on that topic. If you meet someone that could help your career, look up their information and reach out to them. This can be for mentorship, career advice, and possible job opportunities.
3. Host Virtual Events
This can be as simple as a meet-and-greet or inviting a guest speaker. Make sure to post about your event on all platforms in order to reach as many people as possible. This is a great way to network with people in different types of careers.
4. Always Follow Up
If you want to establish a relationship with someone in your network, find a reason to reach out and connect with them at least 2-3 times a year. Use this as an opportunity to research what that person has been doing and learn how this has helped their career.
5. Help Others
If you help others advance their career, they’ll more likely reach out to you when they find an opportunity in your field. This is a great way to build your networking community in a reciprocal way.