IT professionals spend a great deal of time focused on the efficiency and effectiveness of computer networks. What they may not think about is the efficiency and effectiveness of their professional network.
The people you know can help you expand your career, answer tough questions on the job, and find the next project or employer who will help you develop your goals. Here’s how to build a professional network that will always have your back:
- Find a partner. Your partner should be someone at your level who wants you to succeed – and whom you want to see succeed as well. Team up to build your professional network together. Meet or call one another once a week, or maintain an ongoing conversation via email, text, or social media messaging in order to share ideas and leads.
- Offer value. Schedule a day every other week in which you will reach out to someone you know professionally: A colleague, a former or current co-worker, a former classmate, or a friend who can use your support and skills. Let them know you wanted to get in touch and offer to help them with anything they need right now. Support calls not only offer real value and elevate you in the mind of the person you’re calling, they also give you a sense of purpose and personal satisfaction.
- Seek out like-minded professionals. Whether online, offline, or both, find a group outside work that focuses on the projects you love and dive in. If you’re not sure where to start, consider taking a new certification class in order to meet people who are on similar career paths and who share your knowledge and interests. Make it a goal to develop at least one solid professional relationship or friendship per group. These people can become powerful allies as you seek to find a new position or to advance your career.
- Talk to a recruiter. Staffing firms specialize in knowing the locations and industries they serve inside and out – including knowing all the key players. Your recruiter can help you meet the right people to supercharge your career.
At Marquee Staffing, our experienced recruiters serve as powerful allies in your professional network as we connect you to SoCal employers looking for the best IT staff available. Contact us today to learn more.