One of the best ways to advance your career is making professional connections and building your network. An excellent way to do this is through social media, particularly LinkedIn.
If you’re looking for a place to start, seek connections from your current company, past employers, and professionals you’ve met through conferences, professional or alumni organizations, and other industry events. Once you’ve engaged with folks you know, try joining member groups and connecting with new people who share a similar professional background to you or one to which you aspire.
If you’re looking for ways to make connections outside of the virtual world, joining industry organizations and professional societies can be excellent venues for making new connections in the spaces that matter to your professional growth. The good news is that many of these groups have dedicated networking events to help professionals meet new people in their fields. As time and funding allow, attending conferences, panels, and social events geared toward your career track provide additional learning opportunities and the chance to network.