Hello again to all of my fellow networkers. Welcome back! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy as we are all navigating this new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Like most of you, my life was suddenly upheaved when the country went on lockdown and people were discouraged from even leaving the house unless absolutely necessary. As a networker, this was devastating, as our entire careers are based upon being able to meet and connect with people.
But again, like all industries, we need to figure out how to make this work. Especially because things will never be what they used to be, and who knows how long it will be before we can be in any sort of large gatherings again.
I don’t know if you are all familiar with Zoom, but it has grown in popularity over the last few weeks as a way for friends, family, teachers, and working professionals to keep in touch during the lockdown.
So this is a great way to connect with connections you’ve already made, but how can you make new connections with Zoom? I haven’t figured that out yet, I’ll be honest. But you need to get online and start interacting.
I stumbled across Conway, Pauley, Johnson P.C. on LinkedIn which connected me to a whole bunch of other attorneys and organizations. The great thing about LinkedIn is that there isn’t as much drama here as there is on other types of social media. LinkedIn is a great social media outlet for working professionals. You can also use this time to take free courses which can help build up your resume in the meantime.
If you’re going to utilize LinkedIn, I strongly recommend looking for groups to join. Not only will you have the opportunity to share content with other like minded networkers and professionals, but you’ll be able to engage in meaningful interactions with people who could be very useful to you in the future once the pandemic settles down.
The one thing I can say is that you should definitely not use this time to stay offline. Taking time off is one thing, but extended time off as a networker could seriously hurt your career. If nothing else, I strongly recommend that you use this time to check in on connections you’ve already made and let them know you are thinking about them and hope they are safe and healthy.