How To Make Valuable Professional Connections While Working Remotely


How To Make Valuable Professional Connections While Working Remotely

As technology advances worldwide, remote work opportunities are growing at a significant rate. In fact, according to a recent study created by Zug a Switzerland- based service office provider, 70 percent of working professionals are now working remotely at least once a week, while 53 percent work remotely about half the week. While working remotely can definitely be more convenient for a lot of people, it may be harder to make the professional connections the remote worker needs to build themselves up as a professional and get the recognition they deserve in their field. However, there a multitude of ways to get noticed and engaged in your professional field online and offline. Without further ado, here are some ways to make valuable professional connections this summer, even if you are in the middle of a road trip.

1.Post relevant content on Social Media.

A significant first step in this process is using social media to your advantage. Find out what social media platform best suits your field of choice and try to post content daily. Do research on the best time(s), days, and how frequent the posts should be. Check out Thrive Hive’s Blog for more information on this. Try to keep your content around the same theme but with a broad topic range within that theme, so the content is still consistent but fresh.

2. Sign up for Linkedin to make connections and learn new skills to build up your portfolio/resume.

Speaking of social media, Linkedin is a great website to make professional connections and learn about essential skill sets in your field. Once you create an account, don’t hesitate to join LinkedIn groups that are related to your area. On LinkedIn, you can easily find groups that are based on your location. As of right now, LinkedIn allows you to join over 100 groups. Always participate in group discussions, especially if a topic is vital to your career development and you have little to no knowledge of it. Also, don’t hesitate to message other professionals who are more established in your field and ask questions that are personalized to your needs.

3. Meet face to face with people with the same interests related to your field.

While LinkedIn is definitely a useful tool to connect with professionals online, it is always a good idea to make connections in person. Traditional face to face conversations is vital to your career development to communicate with people in your field on a human level. Decades of psychological research states that most of our communication comes from body language, so you will most likely be more memorable to the person you are conversing with face to face, rather than the person you sent one email too. A great free way to meet people in your field is through meetup.com, a networking website that matches you with groups based on your interests. Feel free to check out the Black Tech Boston group organized by our own CEO Melissa James, who created this group to help increase professional connections for African Americans who are in the Computer/Software Technology industry. You can also find other groups for both casual and professional meetups, or even start your own group. Either way, it is a useful tool for making connections in person.

4. Talk to your Co-workers on the phone and plan weekly meetings.

While making new connections is well and good, it is essential to keep in touch with your current ones, especially ones that you are currently working with. Try to schedule times to call on the phone during business hours to make sure everyone is on the right track. It is also a good idea to plan weekly meetings on either Skype or Google Hangouts to talk about everyone’s current goals and tasks and show the work that you have done for the week.

5. Give yourself a 15-minute mental health break when you can.

Sometimes looking and searching for connections can get stressful and that can prevent you from being the best version of yourself when meeting new people and connecting with your current co-workers. It is always a great idea to schedule some downtime either after or in the middle of the workday. I personally love taking walks and listening to music or doing a 15 Minute Mindfulness Guided Meditation on Youtube. Finding a little bit of time for yourself improves work productivity and conversational skills that are very much needed in any sort of work environment.

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Source: Medium:Remote Working
How To Make Valuable Professional Connections While Working Remotely

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