By Tori Dunlap, Social Media Marketing Manager
For most, networking is one of the most vulnerable things you can do. Whether it’s connecting with new people, creating thought-leadership content, or attending events, networking can assist you in becoming part of a professional community (and make you even better at your job.) Physically getting in front of someone will always be the best way to connect — but what if you’re just not feeling it today? Take 10 minutes (without leaving your desk chair,) and let’s get your career boosted. Here’s a list of options to get you started. Let’s network!
- Write a congratulations card to someone who just got a promotion
- Update your LinkedIn profile (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)
- List your goals on LinkedIn and ask for help achieving them
- Challenging project on your plate? Ask your network for advice
- Send a kind message to someone struggling in their job
- Download Shapr and starting connecting
- Research (or begin) a side hustle
- Make an actual phone call (gasp!) to an old coworker
- Connect with someone you admire on LinkedIn
- Write a letter of recommendation for a colleague
- Contact your alumni association to assist a student with their career development
- Write a bi-yearly “what’s up” email to your mentors
- Thoughtfully comment on a blog post of someone you admire
- Message someone who has made an impact on you and tell them why
- Keep your resume up to date
- Ask a blogger for a guest-post opportunity
- Call an old client and ask how work is going
- Write about a tough experience in your career and how you handled it. Post on LinkedIn.
- Email an adviser your resume and ask if they have any feedback
- Ask a colleague for an informational interview
Have any other suggestions for networking from the comfort of your office? Let us know in the comments below!