STEM professionals are often on the leading edge of research and analysis yet they can be slow to adopt social media, missing out on opportunities for outreach, professional networking and career development. Those in the STEM fields can look to business professionals for pro-tips on how to create and benefit from professional networks, leading to potential collaborations, new discoveries and a supportive community.
Most people think that a professional network is only needed when job-hunting. Maintaining a professional network throughout your career is a necessary and important task that need not be difficult. A strong, professional network builds confidence and could prove to be a valuable safety net should you get laid off or fired. A recent article in Forbes Magazine reported that most of us search for jobs every eight years. That is a big incentive to growing a professional network.
Learn how to manage and boost your professional network with the following tips.
People have to know who you are in order to recommend you and your available products and services. The key here is to stay visible, without becoming a nuisance. Develop an eye-catching business card and get to know the people around you, especially the people you work for and with.