Friends always have your back. They’re with you through the good times and the bad. What if you had such a strong support network in your industry too? Successful people know that branching out can lead to new opportunities and boost your career.
We’re not saying ditch your BFFs, but extending your social circle within your industry can be very beneficial to your career in the long run. Here are four ways to network your way to a new social circle.
1. Head out
The best way to meet new people in your industry is to attend networking groups. Meet Up shows you different events happening in your city which you might want to attend. Don’t be afraid to go up to people when you get there, and ask them for advice. Make sure you approach people a few stages further up the career ladder than you. Friends in high places never hurt anyone.
The more people you meet, the more likely they are to introduce you to others who are like-minded, and that’s how your new professional social circle will expand.
2. Be the best you
Successful people socialise with other successful people. Present the best version of yourself and then your social circle will naturally upgrade. Polish up your social media presence, look the part, fake your confidence if you have to, and networking will start to come very easily.
3. Ask around
A good way of making connections is asking around the people you already know. Does your colleague know anyone in a slightly different part of your industry? Do your current friends know new professionals you could mix with? Networking is all about finding fresh people in fresh circles, who you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Be resourceful.
4. Make use of online groups
You may not have taken this option seriously, but Facebook and LinkedIn groups can be a great place to speak to like-minded, ambitious people just like yourself. Find a group on a topic that interests you and join in the conversation. You could really hit it off with someone – you never know.