As a professional healthcare provider, you have put significant time and effort into your knowledge and education to get your career to where it is today. Like most careers, who you know can play as much of a role as what you know. Check out these four tips to enhancing your networking skills, both online and in-person.
Make networking part of your routine. Networking is a two-way street, make a habit of chatting with others about their profession and colleagues. You never know when a seemingly innocuous connection is going to open a critical door. You can help others if you introduce them to one of your existing contacts who may be in their desired field.
Assume everyone you meet is a valuable connection. To build upon our first tip, never underestimate a person’s potential network importance, even if they are not involved in a healthcare related field. The person you are connecting with may be related to, or friends with the CEO of the company you want to work for someday. You just never know!
Join professional associations and be active in them. For those in the healthcare field, there is most assuredly a national society or profession association that represents them. Becoming a member and attending meetings when possible will increase your visibility and potentially connect you with recruiters who hold the key to your dream job.
Don’t restrict yourself to one type of networking. In the past, face-to-face networking was the only game in town. Today, there are also networking opportunities available online, as long as you stick to ones that are professional and reputable, such as LinkedIn. These sites allow you to connect with others in your field or with those in the field you aspire to. Keep in mind that networking is about numbers of connections. Whether you are shaking hands in person or connecting online, the more opportunities you give yourself, the more successful you will be.