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Advance Your Career With Professional Networking

Creating and Maintaining  Professional Connections

By: Roseanne Cassar

There are many ways to keep in touch with contacts, which helps with social networking. (Credit: makeawebsitehub.com)

As college students living in a connected generation, it is a good idea to start a professional network so you can build strong professional relationships within your specific career choice.

Professional networking is a type of social network service that is focused solely on interactions and relationships of a business nature rather than including personal, non-business interactions.

According to flexjobs.com, there are five types of professional networks either students or entrepreneurs can use to get started.  

These five types can help you boost your job searches and can lead into new job opportunities.

There are two major types of professional networking, expansive and nodal. Expansive networking is about contacts, both new and old, they can also be from within the industry that your aiming for.

They would endorse you and give specifics on work experience in the respective field you’re going for. Nodal networking has to do with not just the contacts, but what people within them can offer for your career.

Operational networking is when job searching, there can be people linked to that job. You can find these people through trading groups, professional organizations, or someone directly connected to the industry itself.

Strategic networking involves contacts with people that are looked at as leaders in other fields and industries.

This network helps with looking at things in the bigger picture: like other major career choices down the line.

Personal networks use former acquaintances from groups like companies, organizations, and fellow graduates; using social media and professional oriented organization meetups.

According to fryday.net, the article points out three important objectives that authors Nardi, Whittaker and Schwarz believe networkers should go to, because it helps keep a respectable professional (intentional) network. The objectives being: building a network, maintaining the network and contacting selected connections.

The authors feel networkers should continue to grow and acquire surplus of informants. It’s also good to keep up in connection with past contacts.

Networks like these can give three advantages to be exact: them being personal information, providing more diverse skill sets, and power. You may ponder on the idea of why it’s important for students to want to consider professional networking.

It would be a tremendous help for students to create a professional network during their best years, because it’d be advantages when job hunting or needing a personal recommendation comes knocking.  

According to the article from resumecoach.com, there are a multitude of benefits when students do networking.

In this article, it gives five professional networking tips for students to look into.

Keep in touch with your contacts: students should try to contribute in each relationship and to stay in touch.  By doing this your personal connections will become stronger as well as remember who you are.

This will come in handy in the future if you ever need it.

Building your professional network online: there is a multitude of online networking services. For example, LinkedIn is a useful tool for staying in touch with your contacts and making new connections.

Start as early as possible; this will help you after graduation.

Attend professional networking events: joining groups and attending events is beneficial for students. Doing things face to face also helps in networking activities.

By joining these groups, it will allow you to create mutually beneficial work-related relationships.

Do favors for your contacts: the help you receive from others, you in return give back. Doing this strengthens relationships within contacts and helps show a lot of good faith.

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