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Networking Strategies for the 21st Century


July 28, 2015

Times have changed.  The days of networking face to face are almost gone.  Coffee shop run-ins or late nights at your local bar are not what they used to be.  Networking has always been creating a web of interconnecting relationships with people in your life that could prove beneficial at some point.

In the past decade, that web has gotten even more intricate with the increase in social media creating even more connections.  Today, fewer people have time to take out of their days to try to meet new people in a social setting.  Sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink with another human seems almost non-existent today, but studies show that this does not necessarily put a damper on expanding networks of communication.

Although face-to-face interaction is declining, that does not mean network connections are declining simultaneously.  With social media usage at an all-time high, it is easier than ever to share your work with others and get your name out there to meet new people and expand your network.

Using social media as your means for networking also takes away the limitation of staying local and allows you to make connections around the globe.  Social media outlets like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram can really help you expand your network and cast a wider net when trying to connect with others.

Here are 3 networking strategies that are more efficient than meeting someone for coffee.