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Expand professional network

Expand Professional Network


Expanding your professional network involves building and nurturing relationships with individuals in your industry or related fields. This process is crucial for career growth, learning opportunities, and gaining access to resources and information that can help you advance in your career. A strong professional network can open doors to new job opportunities, partnerships, mentorship, and collaborations that you might not have encountered otherwise.


  1. LinkedIn - A professional social networking site to connect with colleagues, join industry groups, and follow companies.
  2. Meetup - A platform for finding and building local communities and professional groups with similar interests.
  3. Eventbrite - A website to discover professional events, conferences, and networking opportunities in various industries.
  4. Coursera - Offers courses on networking skills and building professional relationships.
  5. Harvard Business Review - Features articles and resources on effective networking strategies and professional development.

Example SMART Goals

  1. Attend at least two industry-related networking events each month for the next six months to connect with a minimum of 10 new professionals in my field.
  2. Reach out to five industry leaders or influencers on LinkedIn each week to request informational interviews and expand my network of mentors and advisors within the next three months.
  3. Join and actively participate in three relevant LinkedIn or professional online groups by contributing to discussions and sharing insights at least once a week over the next four months.
  4. Schedule one coffee meeting or virtual chat with a current or potential professional contact every week to build stronger relationships, aiming to have 12 such meetings in the next three months.
  5. Develop a habit of sending personalized follow-up emails within 24 hours after meeting new contacts at networking events or conferences, aiming to establish and maintain connections with at least 20 new professionals over the next three months.

Example Habits

  1. Block out 30 minutes every Monday morning to send connection requests and follow-up messages on LinkedIn.
  2. Attend one professional webinar or virtual networking event every Wednesday evening to stay informed and connected.
  3. Dedicate 15 minutes daily to engaging with and commenting on industry-related posts on LinkedIn.
  4. Set aside 20 minutes each Friday to review and update my LinkedIn profile and resume to reflect recent accomplishments and skills.
  5. Make it a habit to introduce myself to at least one new person at every professional event or conference I attend.

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