Whether you’re a shy, introverted person or confident and bubbly, networking for most isn’t easy and especially when it’s not in person. It’s hard to have a long-lasting impression on someone when working remotely. It’s just not the same and while some might wait until things go back to normal, that job you want or that person you want to speak to might not be available down the line, so why wait?
If you’re looking for a new job or just want to keep your head on the swivel, networking is an important tool to help you on your career path.
Top 5 tips for networking remotely
Here are some of the best tips for remote networking…
Attend virtual events
A great way to network externally is to attend virtual events and approach interesting people or customers. This is new for most people and you can get new customers by being a first mover. You can find these virtual events on social media sites or on job boards. If there is a particular area of interest or career path that you want to explore, it is recommended that you sign up for updates or newsletters from relevant sites. For example, if you want a career in digital marketing, sites like the Digital Marketing Institute hold virtual webinars where they teach up-and-coming topics on the space.
Suggest virtual lunches
Many people are looking for social interaction, and a great way to do it is to set up remote lunches both with your colleagues, customers, or people in your network.
Super old school, but this is more relevant than ever. Add your colleagues but also your customers on WhatsApp and Slack and give them a call to catch up. Having a chat with friends over the phone will also give you a chance to ask questions about topics that may need more explaining. For example, you can ask about their company’s work culture and by doing this over the phone, you can also hear their tone and excitement in their voice. This would give you a clue if they really believe what they’re saying and not just a script that the HR gives all employees.
If you have the relevant knowledge to share, then set up a webinar and promote it on social media. It is easier than you think and now is the right time to start. Connect and interact with your attendees afterward. It’s also the perfect icebreaker for remote networking.
Ask professional questions on LinkedIn
Asking a professional question on LinkedIn and let people help you and share their thoughts. Examples could be book recommendations on a certain topic, and then call and set up virtual meetings with the most interesting contributors.
How do you create a virtual network?
Creating a virtual network starts with finding a job that fits your qualifications and work ethics. More often than not, staying in touch with your current and former colleagues is one of the best ways to grow your network.
Of course, another thing to keep in mind is to use reputable job hunting sites like Recruit Ireland to find your next opportunity!
Are you looking for a new job? Check out Recruit Ireland’s Jobs board.