Networking is a crucial skill regardless of your generation, so I wanted to focus on some networking tips for Gen Zs to accelerate their business and career development.
As a Gen Z professional, you have some unique advantages and tools at your disposal due to your familiarity with digital technology and social media. On the other hand, being so immersed in the digital world can often mean a more reticent and anxious approach to connecting with humans IRL, (in real life).
Here are some tips to help you network effectively for business and career development. Some of them may seem repetitive, but not all of them will be appropriate to every person.
The list should get you thinking about your own circumstances and aspirations and what opportunities you might be overlooking if you are not thinking strategically about your networking journey.
1. Leverage Social Media:
- Use platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram to connect with professionals in your industry. Ensure your profiles are professional and up-to-date.
- Follow and engage with thought leaders, industry experts, and companies you admire.
- Share your thoughts, insights, and experiences to establish your personal brand and expertise.
2. Attend Virtual and In-Person Events:
- Join online webinars, conferences, and networking events related to your field.
- Attend industry conferences, workshops, and seminars when possible. These events are excellent opportunities to meet people face-to-face.
3. Join Professional Organisations:
- Become a member of industry-specific associations or organisations.
- Attend their meetings, conferences, and networking events to connect with professionals who share your interests.
4. Volunteer and Internships:
Volunteering and internships not only provide valuable experience but also introduce you to professionals in your chosen field.
5. Networking Apps and Websites:
Explore apps and websites designed for professional networking, such as Shapr, Meetup, or even Facebook and Instagram groups.
Be active and engage in discussions within these platforms.
6. Informational Interviews:
Reach out to professionals you admire or who are working in your desired field for informational interviews.
Ask them about their career journey and seek advice.
7. Build a Personal Brand:
Create a personal website or blog where you can showcase your skills, projects, and ideas.
Share your content on social media to attract like-minded individuals.
8. Follow Up and Stay in Touch:
- After meeting someone, follow up with a thank-you message or a LinkedIn connection request.
- Always personalise the connection requests on Linkedin to say where you met the person and why you are connecting.
- Regularly check in with your contacts to maintain relationships.
9. Offer Value:
Networking is a two-way street. Offer help or share valuable information with your network when you can.
Look for ways to collaborate and provide value to others in your network.
10. Online Courses and Workshops:
Enrol in online courses or workshops related to your industry to expand your knowledge and connect with peers.
11. Mentorship and Coaching:
Seek out mentors or coaches who can provide guidance and support in your career journey.
12. Soft Skills Matter:
Develop strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills. Networking isn’t just about exchanging business cards; it’s about building meaningful relationships.
Remember that networking is not just about quantity but also about the quality of connections you make. Building genuine relationships with people who share your interests and values will be more beneficial in the long run.
Be patient and persistent, as networking often takes time to yield significant results.
I’d love to hear how these networking tips for Gen Z to accelerate business & career development help you on your journey!
P.S. I know that you are super comfortable with technology, but don’t discount some of the traditional ways of developing relationships, including using business cards. I discuss the merits of digital and print cards in this blog.
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