The importance of connecting with colleagues and other professionals within your field can’t be overstated. Smart networking and contact building are powerful ways to expand your future career opportunities and gain a wealth of useful insights in the process. While interacting with other IT pros online through social networking sites can be great for getting the ball rolling and keeping in touch, the best interactions come from meeting and chatting with people in person. Knowing how to find networking events is an essential skill.
In this second installment in our three-part series on Networking in the IT industry, we look at some of the best ways to find local events and networking opportunities with like-minded folks in your area.
Whether you want to start your own professional networking group or join one that’s already meeting regularly, Meetup.com is an excellent way to quickly discover what kinds of professional meet-up events are available in your local vicinity. You can search by dates, topic, proximity, and more to see what’s happening nearby. A helpful tech category is a good pick for streamlining your search, the site also lets you create a profile and view other pros’ profiles too.
Trade shows and expos
If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, there’s a very good chance you’re within easy traveling distance to an IT industry trade show. IT and tech-centric trade shows happen throughout the year all around the US — in Boston, NYC, California, and beyond. Aside from being a fun way to get out of the office, they’re huge opportunities to learn new skills and meet influential people in your industry. Events in America has an extensive listing of a wide range of It-related conventions you can find.
Keep an eye out for IT-related workshops in your local area. If you don’t see any, consider rounding up some colleagues and organizing one yourself, even if you’re not personally presenting it. Broadcast the word far and wide, and you could very well attract a large number of helpful contacts and catch the eye of nearby higher-ups who take an interest in your efforts.
Stay tuned! In our next installment, we’ll talk about how to leverage your network and what to do after a successful networking event. Missed the first post on what networking is? Check it out here.
Navigating Your Network
Figuring out what to do after a networking event can be tricky, but Modis can help you make exceptional connections within IT community. Our recruiters excel in introducing top talent like yourself to the best companies for fulfilling careers.