Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Your Guide to Virtual Networking


Your guide to virtual networking

Artwork by: Alexandra Shevchenko

  • Social Networks Count As Networking

As the world adapts to our current reality, some traditions have been put on pause. This year, there won’t be any office holiday parties, which can be a real blow to the plans of job-seekers. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be holiday networking. Like many things this year, it’s just going to take a different form.

Networking remotely takes a little extra effort, but when done properly, it can be nearly as effective as in-person relationship-building. This holiday season offers some unique opportunities for outreach as well since people are looking for ways to replace their traditional plans.

Whether your networking needs this season are professional, personal, or a mix of both - there are many ways to leverage the online workplace to your advantage. Use these tips to build new relationships or strengthen older ones, through 2020 and beyond.

Social Networks Count As Networking

For some people, it may feel as though your online presence is completely separate from who you are as a professional - and in some cases -  it should be! But there are many ways to use online networking to forge relationships with people around the world while being true to yourself.

The easiest way to start professional engagement on any social media platform is by posting a link to a relevant, work-related article, adding your commentary. If one of your connections may have a perspective on the content, tag them so they’ll see it and know you were thinking of them.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all different platforms and each offers their own unique way to connect with people that may help you. LinkedIn Groups are organized by professional categories, such as skills, industry, job titles, alumni status, and other classifications. Facebook also has many career-related groups, some exclusively for job searchers.

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee has over 25 years of human resource, outplacement, and career coaching experience. He is also an industrial/organizational psychologist and a certified retirement coach.  Raymond has contributed to SHRM, ATD, and other publications on the topics of the future of work, employee experience and offboarding, ageism and bias in the workplace, and career fulfillment.