Have you ever heard the phrase, "It's who you know, not what you know"? In today's society, having a strong network is the key to having a successful career. Without connections, it can be difficult to get a job or build up your business even if you have the right skills and education. If you are an IT Professional looking to build up your network, check out these tips from Paragon IT Professionals.
Networking isn't just about meeting as many people as possible and being the most popular. The key to successful networking is focusing on the right people. Keep your focus on the people that are going to help you build a successful career.
LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are great tools to use to connect with individuals within your industry. LinkedIn allows users to be introduced to new connections through your current connections. It can also be used as a professional database to help you discover people who work in specific industries at companies that interest you. Social networks are free and easy to use. Take advantage of them!
Successful networking requires both parties to equally benefit. If one person is benefiting more than the other, it can create a lack of trust and a feeling of being used. In the long run, you will most likely lose that connection. Long-term relationships are essential in networking. Create a network that allows you to create win-win solutions.
You can also help to connect others. Just because they don't have a connection for you at the moment, doesn't mean you shouldn't try to help them. If you are able to introduce two people who can benefit from it, it is just as effective. You are able to build a stronger network with multiple people, and it makes you feel good.
After you've made a connection, don't forget to keep in touch. You never know when someone could be a useful connection down the road. It is much easier to reach out to someone after you've kept in contact. This will help keep your network strong.
Paragon IT Professionals is a great resource to help IT Professionals build up their network. Being in the IT industry for many years has allowed us to create a large network. We excel at IT staffing and can find the right people for your specific needs in any given situation. If you are interested in connecting with us, contact us today or connect with us on LinkedIn. We look forward to working with you!