Building Your Professional Network
IN THIS CHAPTER
Breaking bread with your co-workers
Getting together with your colleagues in a group
Reaching out to colleagues on other teams
Treating your clients as colleagues
Staying in touch with colleagues online
The people you meet and the connections you make in your first job will stay with you for years. You’ll most likely make good friends at work. You also have the chance to develop a professional network of people who can help you secure your next job or promotion. They can make you aware of new opportunities and, as they move to other organizations, they can recommend you to their employers. These folks can also be your best references. And you’ll be able to help them down the line, too.
If you’re outgoing and make friends easily, networking will come naturally to you. If you’re shy or socially awkward, don’t worry! The tactics described in this chapter are easy to follow, even for someone who’d rather connect with his computer ...