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Build professional connections

Build Professional Connections


Building professional connections involves fostering relationships with colleagues, industry experts, mentors, and other professionals in your field. These connections can provide valuable insights, support, and opportunities for career growth. By expanding your network, you can access new resources, gain knowledge, and create opportunities for collaboration and advancement in your career.


  1. LinkedIn - A professional networking platform to connect with colleagues, join industry groups, and follow relevant companies.
  2. Meetup - A website that helps you find and build local communities, including professional networking events and industry-specific meetups.
  3. SCORE - Offers free business mentoring and education, including networking opportunities with experienced business professionals.
  4. Eventbrite - A platform to discover professional events, conferences, and workshops relevant to your field.
  5. Coursera - Provides online courses that often include forums and community features to connect with peers and instructors.

Example SMART Goals

  1. Attend at least one professional networking event each month for the next 6 months to expand my connections within my industry.
  2. Connect with 5 new industry professionals on LinkedIn every week and engage with their content by commenting or sharing insights.
  3. Schedule informational interviews with 10 industry experts over the next 3 months to gain insights and advice about career advancement.
  4. Join and actively participate in at least two professional groups or associations related to my field within the next 2 months.
  5. Reach out to three potential mentors within my industry and establish a regular meeting schedule with at least one mentor over the next 4 months.

Example Habits

  1. Dedicate 15 minutes each day to engaging with connections on LinkedIn by liking, commenting, and sharing relevant posts.
  2. Attend one professional webinar or virtual networking event each week to stay updated on industry trends and meet new people.
  3. Set aside time every week to follow up with new contacts made at networking events to maintain and strengthen those relationships.
  4. Regularly share industry-related articles, insights, or achievements on social media platforms to stay visible and provide value to your network.
  5. Schedule monthly coffee meetings or virtual catch-ups with existing connections to nurture and maintain professional relationships.

Note this information is not a substitute for a professional advice and varies from person to person.