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5 Tips to Grow Your Professional Network

12.09.14 | Career Training

If you want to be successful in your career, it is important to start growing your professional network right now! A professional career depends on a strong network of contacts.

Start building valuable relationships today with these 5 tips to grow your professional network:

  1. Connect with others
    To build your network, start with your family and friends. If you want to be an electrician, see if someone you know is already working in that profession. Do they know anyone who could help show you the path to a new career? Request introductions to people who are in your field or work for the type of organization you're interested in. Connect with present and former coworkers, classmates, and instructors. These people know you and want to see you succeed, so don't be afraid to enlist their help. Your personal relationships could transform into professional references. Many schools offer networking events and career fairs where you can meet potential employers and learn more about your career options.

  2. Create a professional online profile
    Are you already on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? If you are, make sure your online presence is what you want potential employers to see by reviewing photos that are posted of you and checking your privacy settings. Create a profile on LinkedIn and start connecting with others! LinkedIn is a professional online network where you can create a profile, résumé, join discussion groups, search for jobs, and build your network. The connections you make on LinkedIn can help you maintain existing relationships and find and build new ones.

  3. Get involved
    Get hands-on experience. If you love animals, volunteer at a veterinary hospital. Many programs even offer externships that'll allow you to learn firsthand. Keep an open mind to new people and new opportunities. You never know who could help you land your dream job.

  4. Set goals
    Decide what you want to accomplish in the next year. Also, think about what you want to achieve 2, 5, and 10 years down the road. Connections you make now could help your career years from now.

  5. Join a professional organization
    Many career fields have organizations that you can join. This will give you an in with many people in your field. These organizations might also have events or conferences you could attend. A face-to-face introduction can often solidify a professional relationship.

Start growing your professional network today! YTI Career Institute understands the importance of networking and offers career placement assistance that help YTI students and graduates get to where they want to go. YTI offers a wide variety of programs with industry-modeled curricula, qualified instructors direct from the field, and facilities that you may find in the workplace. Start your journey today!

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