In a first job
Experienced professionalsEven experts in their fields can benefit from networking. It may be a little easier once you’ve been employed for a few years, as you already have a list of people who know you and your work. However, career connections can fade easily. You must work to keep the relationships fresh. For example, share industry information, relevant articles, or personal notes. If you send holiday cards, that’s an easy way to remind friends and former colleagues of your connection.
Expanding your network can also be worthwhile. Attend conferences or join professional organizations to meet new people in your field. Connect with people outside of your profession. Join sports leagues or go to gatherings to meet people you wouldn’t normally get the chance to interact with.
Successful networking at this point in your career is about maintaining connections while expanding your circle over time.