With the many options available to you on the Internet, it can be challenging to decide where to begin. Thankfully, there are systems in place that are specifically used for creating professional networks, and they are more user friendly than ever.

With the many options available to you on the Internet, it can be challenging to decide where to begin. Thankfully, there are systems in place that are specifically used for creating professional networks, and they are more user friendly than ever.

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Developing your business network is essential in growing your own professional image and career. These connections will allow you to build and mold yourself for the job/career that you desire. It is important to understand that 21st Century technology has changed the way we all network.

In todays business world, we’re seeking out connections on social media and referrals to help build our networks - and ultimately professional life. In other words, networking is more than just throwing your name out there like in days past; it’s about creating meaningful relationships that allow you to promote yourself. Therefore you must be able to expand your horizons and get out of your comfort zone to create your own opportunities.   

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While different networking events and being active on social media outlets are all a part of networking and building your career, it can become a bit overwhelming. That’s when it is important for you to rely on tools to help make networking more efficient and effective, for example contacting someone via their business card or even on LinkedIn. Do not be afraid to message sought out employers or new connections to expand and get feedback on information and questions you might have.

Understanding Social Media Outlets

In the past five years, connecting on social networking sites has rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users. Now, instead of connecting at an in-person event, you can reach hundreds, even thousands, of potential contacts online. Today, social media plays a very big role in online networking. It allows users to connect and share. Even though the usual networking methods such as attending conferences, and meeting friends of friends still apply, social media has made things a lot easier. It is very important to understand that every individual and organization has a social presence. This makes it a powerful resource for career and network development. While your previous use of social media may have been more… well, social,  in nature, that is only the beginning of what these platforms have to offer.

Here you can find a more detailed explanation of social media and how it influences and is applied in networking today. https://www.ldsjobs.org/ers/ct/network-through-social-media?lang=eng

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Utilizing your online tools.

Social media has now become a critical part in the way most professionals and businesses communicate and a key part of how work gets done. It has become the “go to” way to network online. But one must stay on top of the trends and keep up with the updates. To be able to remain relevant.

To get a better understanding of how to use the different social media outlets in your networking plan, check out: https://www.nytimes.com/guides/business/social-media-for-career-and-business

This will give you detailed information on how to use each social media program to your advantage.

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Finally here are a few closing tips that can be helpful:

  • Make sure your social media profiles are “clean.” Many issues stem from not being able to separate your personal from professional profiles. Therefore post under the rules “would I want my grandmother to see this picture?”

  • Don’t let the fact that you don’t yet know the person hold you back from sending an invite to connect. Simply be transparent, and let them know why you’d like to connect with them online.

  • When sending a LinkedIn invitation , make sure that you always include a personal note or message to make sure you stand out.