How to Build a Strong Professional Network
Updated: May 17
The cornerstone of any career includes building a strong professional network. Like most things worthwhile, cultivating your network takes time, thought and effort.
Not only is networking a wonderful way to learn from your peers and find job opportunities but also, it’s a chance to have long-lasting professional relationships.
There are many ways to build a robust network. Attending industry events, joining online professional groups such as LinkedIn, and attending alumni events are all solid opportunities for networking and building your contacts. Another way to increase your network is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and give back to your community. You may even find organizations that align with your professional interests.
Once you meet someone who would be a good contact, it’s a nice idea to send them an email to follow up. If you don’t know what to say, one way to start the conversation is to share information about an industry event.
Also, be willing to reach out and offer help and advice. Networking is most rewarding when everyone in your network tries to participate.
Lisa Chubinsky, CTS, CPC
Lisa is a Partner with Philadelphia based New River Search, LLC a National Search Firm specialized in Executive Placements for the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Industries.
Lisa has decades of experience as a nationally known Executive Recruiter, where she’s successfully placed and coached thousands of candidates. She applies her knowledge and expertise at New Career Directions, a division of New River Search LLC where she and her team provide Career Coaching, Resume Writing, Talent and Leadership Development, and Outplacement Services.