It’s no secret that professional contacts are incredibly important when it comes to doing your job well and moving up the career ladder. But it goes without saying that making and maintaining a stellar network is easier said than done. How do you form a connection with another professional that seems genuine and authentic?
Well, we’ve scoured the web for great resources to check out when you have a new professional contact, so that you’ll never feel like you’re going at it alone.
- So, you’ve just met a stranger and think that person is awesome. Here’s a six-step guide to turning him or her into a connection in no time. (Fast Company)
- If you want to build a network, it doesn’t have to take months and years. It really can take only 15 minutes. (Forbes)
- To have a great professional contact, you need to be one, too. How do you do that? Become a networking “matchmaker” among your friends and colleagues. (Lifehacker)
- If being the matchmaker isn’t exactly your thing, be sure to look inward and consider what you bring to the table as a networking connection. (Inc.)
- One question you’ll want to ask yourself when forming a new contact: Do you think this person could be part of your core network, and how do you get him or her there? (Harvard Business Review)
- Another important rule when building a connection: Make sure you have all of that person’s contact info and notes on your relationship in one place. (99U)
- One other crucial aspect of any networking connection is understanding the foundation of this particular contact and why your network needs it. (Psychology Today)
- An easy way to start off a professional relationship the right way? Have a totally awesome coffee meeting. (Business Insider)
Want more help building a relationship with a new networking contact? Check out our suggestions!
- Making a Professional Introduction: An Email Template
- How to (Non-Awkwardly) Reach Out to Old Contacts
- Your 6-Step Plan for a Perfect Networking Call
Photo of coffee cups courtesy of Shutterstock.
Lily is a writer, editor, and social media manager, as well as co-founder of The Prospect, the world’s largest student-run college access organization. In addition to her writing with The Muse, she also serves as an editor at HelloFlo and Her Campus. Recently, she was named one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women for her work helping underserved youth get into college. You can follow Lily on Twitter.More from this Author