It is no secret that networking is an essential part of our professional lives. Having good network skills can help you increase your professional knowledge – by learning and sharing experiences with others, and it can help you on your journey to find a job abroad.

But as much as we know that networking is important, sometimes we find ourselves asking how we can do it better or improve our networking skills. That’s what we are talking about in this post. So keep reading, check our tips and join our Slack group to start networking!

It’s not just about contacting somebody

One of the first things that we need to have in mind for networking is to work on our mindset. We need to understand that the network that really works is the one where you build a genuine relationship with someone — and both parts will benefit from this relationship.

Think about that before approaching someone. What do you have in common? How can you help each other in your professional lives? Can you help with something this person is struggling with (maybe some questions they shared on social media)?

You need to keep in mind that networking is a two-way street. When you understand this, your skills will become more fluid.

Start with your contacts

We can be a little shy when approaching someone we don’t knowb ut what if you start to practice with your own contacts? You can start a conversation with someone you studied or worked with and haven’t talked to for a while.

This will make you feel more confident to talk and will help you nurture the relationships you already have. Networking is not only about new contacts, right?

Pay attention to the small things

The details in a conversation can make a significant difference in your network. For example, when someone tells you something about their life and seems excited and interested in it, try to remember this. It can be a perfect topic for a new conversation — or a way to get in touch again, and it can also be beneficial in a second talk or meeting.

The more personal your connection, the better your network will be.

Make social media channels your best friend

Social Media is a fantastic place to step up your networking game. Connecting with people you met at an event or business meeting is a great way to keep the conversation going. It is also an excellent place to find people with specific interests and stay up to date with people from your industry and field.

LinkedIn is probably the best option for professional connections – however other channels are a good option too.

One important thing about networking is making it a habit. It doesn’t mean you have to take some action every day, but you need to do it regularly. To build the habit and improve your game, you need to get some consistency on your network.

If you’re convinced that you need to begin networking but are unsure of where to start, join our Slack community, where VanHackers worldwide share their experiences and tips!

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