Taking Care of Your Network of
A network of connections is often the most valuable resource that a
professional woman can have. The things that can come to a woman
from such a network include business contacts, expertise, knowledge
Taking care of your network connections is a vital aspect of
building a life, a career and a family. A perfect example of why a
network is so important is all the surveys that indicate that networking
is still the best way to find a job.
Fortunately maintaining your network is actually very easy. All you
have to do is maintain contact with others and not offend them. A
good means of doing this is to get the phone numbers, e-mails and
Facebook pages of others and occasionally contact them.
One way to get this information is to create a business card with your
information on it and exchange it with others you meet at meetings
etc. You can scan the business card into your computer and save it
there or simply store it on an old fashioned Rolodex. Either way, you
must create a file of everybody in your network that you can quickly
access. E-mail programs like Outlook and social networking resources
like Facebook are great for this purpose as well.
Do not abuse the network by trying to sell things or raise money for
your cause over it. Yet maintain contact by occasionally talking to the
people in it and by being willing to do favors for them. For example
when you hear that somebody in the network needs a job you can
send her resume to everybody else in the network.
A good way to expand your network is to participate in organizations
like the National Association of Professional Women or NAPW.
Such groups are a great place to meet new people and to touch base
with existing contacts. Also take advantage of community
organizations, trade groups, unions, professional associations, alumni,
religious groups, Parent Teachers Organizations and other groups you
Taking care of your network of connections involves expanding
your network and keep in contact with those in it. Taking a little time
to build and expand your network can build your career.