Virtual Networking Tips To Boost Your Career

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Career Trends: September 21, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of  ICS Career GPS

Your engagement can include answering questions and sharing other people’s content in your social zone.

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Networking contributes to your social well-being. It leads to the exchange of ideas as well as coming across new information and perspectives. It also helps you meet people at all professional levels which is a great way to boost your professional confidence. Whether you are employed, self-employed, a leader in your industry, or just starting out in your career, networking and making connections is an important part of attracting new opportunities.

However, in a post-pandemic world where nearly all of our networking is done online, what are the best ways to “meet” new people and build those connections?

Here are a few tips for virtual networking:

1. Identify your niche

  • For most people, establishing a niche topic is a great way to begin creating your own personal brand, which is an important first step in your virtual networking process.
  • For example you can start by focusing on the strategic performance management niche, and later expand into artificial intelligence and other future trends.

2. Take a long view

  • Look beyond your current job or gig economy responsibilities, and try to identify areas that will grow in importance in the next few years.
  • One of those areas could be your niche – or it could be something you expand into in the future.

3. Start with small steps

  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to build a presence on all the online platforms at once – it’s okay to start small by doing just a tiny bit more on the platforms you’re already actively using.

4. Make a great impression with your profile

  • Use updated information in your profile.
  • Clean up any content that you wouldn’t want potential employers or clients to see.

5. Post content online that establishes your expertise

  • This positions you as an authority in your field.
  • This could be thought-provoking takes on current hot topics, excerpts of previous presentations you’ve given, how-to content, and so on.

6. Join industry groups on social media

  • Build a good reputation by engaging with posts.
  • Your engagement can include answering questions and sharing other people’s content in the group zone.

7. Attend as many free online events and conferences as you can

  • There are plenty of online groups, conferences, and workshops happening every day.
  • Such places are a great medium to connect.

8. Introduce yourself

  • When you do attend virtual events, introduce yourself in the chat and include your location (if you prefer) and your targeted job title.
  • It is also goof to mention what kind of clients you work with, especially if you are a freelancer.

9. Find relevant people to approach

  • Target people who work at companies you are interested in, reconnect with previous coworkers, or find people who are active online.
  • When you are trying to connect and you need to make a request, get to the point quickly and make your request concise and clear.

10. Try penciling in some time every week for online networking

  • Building connections doesn’t need to be a full-time job, but it does take some effort, so block off some time on your schedule for these activities.
  • If you do choose to engage on social media, you may want to set a limit for the amount of time you’ll spend on these platforms.

It is still possible to build a strong network, even if big conferences and in-person events aren’t your thing.

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