Professional Networking: A Beginner’s Guide

networking-300x211The following is a guest post by Meaghan Marshall.

If you are a new graduate or looking for your first job, one of the most important things you can do to start your career is establish a professional network. A strong professional network will increase your professional recognition, your skills, and help you find job opportunities.

If you are just starting out, then developing professional relationships with those already working in your industry is a great first step toward obtaining employment and establishing yourself.

Step 1: Set Your Professional Networking Goals

The first step to develop a professional network is to set your goals. What do you want to achieve from your professional networking activity? Setting goals will help you organize your time and resources and allow you to track and evaluate your progress.

Step 2: A Record of Key Information

You will need to create a system to record key information about those you include in your professional network. Key information will include contact details, position, company, interests, common acquaintances, and other relevant information. You may choose to create a spreadsheet, an address book, or a file of business cards.

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