Friday, October 19, 2012

3 ways to expand your network this fall

Most doctors have a difficult time appreciating the importance of networking. I'm not talking about computers or IT networks. I mean your professional social network of friends, family, and colleagues who can help you find a new job or advance in your career.

The fall is a great time to expand your network because of the festivities that surround certain holidays like Thanksgiving. Also, the fall prepares you for winter where you're sure to bump into people at holiday parties in December.

So, here are 3 ways that you can expand your network this fall:

1. Be smart on your smartphone. Get the social networking apps like LinkedIn or Facebook and connect with people. You can also exchange contact info easily through apps like Bump or you can take a photo of a business card using CardMunch.

2. Attend a local meetup on Meetup.com. Find a group of people who share common interests. Pursue your hobby. Meet with others who enjoy a common passion. Examples include: cooking, wine tasting, science fiction book readers, photography, pet owners, joggers and runners, and much more. It's valuable to have a social network that expands outside of your immediate profession.

3. Volunteer with a charitable organization this fall. Make the time to really help some people who are in need. You'll meet others who have a generous spirit and may be willing to help you expand your network of give you a possible lead for a new job.

So, are you willing to spend the time to expand your social network this fall?

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