Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to create in-person interactions has been impacted, causing businesses to change the way they operate. Many transitioned to working from home, which, while challenging, also created new opportunities for people to connect.
Here are a few tips to help you while networking online:
Update Your LinkedIn: Chances are over the past few months, you’ve experienced a job change, job promotion, furthered your education, gained a new professional skill, or maybe even earned a certification or an award. Take a a few minutes each day to make sure sure that your profile is current and reflective of your experience.
Build Your Online Presence: Social media can be used for fun, but it can also help establish professional relationships. Use your profiles to follow industry leaders, peers, and media outlets that write about your industry. Try engaging in conversations that show your professional strengths and promote your personal brand. Learn more about building your brand.
Participate in Webinars: Events that once were in person are now being offered entirely online as webinars giving attendees a variety of ways to network. Take advantage of the live chat feature to engage with the speaker and reach out to others that are active during the webinar. You can also use social media hashtags from the event to engage with others outside of the webinar. Are you participating in a webinar with breakout sessions? Be camera ready with professional attire and relevant networking questions.
Grow New Connections: Be intentional and dedicate time out of your day to connect with new people. You can do this by commenting on articles related to your industry or job you are looking for or leveraging the relationships you already have for introductions to their connections.
Nurture Existing Relationships: Checking in with your connections on a daily or weekly basis is a task you can look forward to while working remotely. It could be something as simple as an email to a former coworker providing an opportunity for both parties to update on career progress, goals, and needs. If you want to thank a connection for meeting with you or taking your call, you can send them a digital gift card to grab a cup of coffee.
While operating a new, virtual world, the Chamber still offers networking and professional development opportunities every month. Visit our events calendar to find an event that meets your needs.
-Written by Annelise Patterson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator