If you are serious about your career, you already know that networking is a key to long-term success.
And if you are launching a job search, this is probably the time to intensify your efforts.
As an executive coach, I have been speaking with a range of managers and senior leaders, some of whom may eventually be in a position to hire.
They have left me with the sense that this is an excellent time for you to concentrate on networking, but you need to carefully consider your strategies.
So let’s take a look at how to strengthen your network, even while the COVID-19 crisis continues.
First, a review of some networking basics. These things about networking are always true:
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has been great, on both our personal and our professional lives. Many Americans, including the healthy ones, are struggling with the ramifications of our mandate to stay home:
You can start today to strengthen your network.
While some professionals don’t have a minute to connect with one more person, others might be glad to hear from you. And there’s much you can do to strengthen your profile and lay groundwork for future outreach. Here are some ways to start:
Any time is a smart time to network. Devote a portion of every day to nurturing the relationships you already have, from your closest friends to members of your virtual communities. And maintain a steady pace as you build your professional skill sets and raise your online profile.
Beverly E. Jones is a Job-Hunt Networking Contributor. Bev is an executive coach, and a former lawyer and corporate executive. In addition, she is an active writer and speaker, and the author of “Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO.” Her career podcast, “Jazzed About Work,” appears on NPR.org. Visit her website, Clearways Consulting, and Find Bev on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.