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  • Writer's pictureTony Mueller

A Guide to Virtual Networking for Professionals

Virtual networking has become an increasingly crucial tool for professionals in the wake of Covid-19 and continues to be essential in this era of remote work. In this guide, we'll discuss best practices for leveraging virtual networking to expand your professional network. We'll also explore popular tools that will help you make the most of your online networking efforts.

First, let's go over the basics of virtual networking. The key is to understand what makes a digital relationship different from an in-person one. When engaging with prospective contacts online, pay close attention to online etiquette such as writing comprehensive messages and being mindful of how often you reach out. Setting up regular video calls or offering virtual coffee sessions are great ways to create a personal connection.

Next, let's take a look at some popular tools for virtual networking. LinkedIn remains one of the most powerful platforms for building professional relationships. You can use it to find job opportunities, consult with experts in your field, or use its messaging features to stay up-to-date on industry news and trends. Twitter is another great way to connect with influential people who share similar interests or goals. Twitter also hosts myriad conversations where expertise is shared among users — so don’t hesitate to join in!

Certain websites allow professionals to collaborate on projects remotely, making them excellent resources for reaching out to potential contacts beyond your local circle. Platforms like UpWork offer freelancers the opportunity to connect with clients across various fields, while GitHub provides an invaluable resource for software developers hoping to collaborate on open source projects together virtually.

Finally, there are specialized virtual events designed specifically for business owners and professionals. These events provide helpful opportunities for growing your network without having to invest energy into physically attending a meetup or conference — plus they’re often free! Don’t miss this chance to establish relationships with peers from all over the world who share similar interests or career paths.

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