Business and careers revolve around people. Even if you’re not in a direct customer-facing role or industry, you still need to connect with others in order to build your brand and achieve your professional goals.

Ask any successful person how they got where they are today, and virtually every one will tell you that their progression has been driven not only by having the right skills and credentials, but also through successful networking.

How do you get started – or step up your networking game if it needs a boost? Here are some tips:

Focus on the right people.

The key to networking with people is quality versus quantity. As you get out and meet people, concentrate on those who will be able to help you make a difference in your career. Introduce yourself or arrange an introduction, and learn their names.

It’s a two-way street.

As you connect with the right people, also focus on adding value to your relationship with them. Both of you should gain something from your mutual interests and connections. Give and receive. It’s okay to ask for help; in fact, that’s kind of the point, right? But also be prepared to offer support and assistance of your own.

Put social media to work for you.

Most people are familiar with LinkedIn for networking purposes, and it continues to be the go-to platform for this purpose. But it’s just the beginning. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others. The key is to go where your contacts are, or where you can make more.

Stay in touch.

Stay in touch with people in your network, both online and in person. Take time for follow-ups and quick check-ins. Networking is not a one-and-done deal. It’s important to reengage.

Helping you build your professional network is part of what the career development experts at PrideStaff Fresno do best. Simply by connecting with us, you’ve made a smart first move. And we’ll help you take it from there, including support and guidance through every aspect of your job search and ongoing career growth. Reach out to us today to learn more.

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