Networking tips for IT professionals

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Information technology professionals are often the backbone of an organisation. Without the technology and tools to keep an operation running smoothly, the whole company can come to a standstill.

IT professionals sometimes feel as if they are operating behind the scenes, only becoming known when something goes wrong. Quietly humming along, it is easy to feel detached from your colleagues. So how do IT professionals get noticed?

 

It is important in any profession to make sure you feel connected to other people in the organisation. The easiest way to do this is through regular networking. The more people know you and know what you do, the better you can foster good working relationships, expand your professional development and aid your continued learning.

Networking can often be intimidating, with many not knowing where to start. Three steps to get you started include:

1. Start with what you have - Scope out what you can do within your organisation. Depending on the size and structure of your organisation, there are often both professional and informal networking opportunities.

Team building exercises, charity volunteer days, corporate sporting groups and team drinks are all easy ways to get to know your colleagues.

2. Investigate formal networking groups - Meeting peers outside of your organisation is great for continued learning, staying on top of trends and sharing ideas.

Professional associations and trade magazines are also a good place to start feeling out what's affecting your industry. You can also explore joining graduate and alumni groups.

Team building exercises, charity volunteer days, corporate sporting groups and team drinks are all easy ways to get to know your colleagues.

3. Look at it as an investment - With networking, the more time and effort that is invested, the greater the return. Realise that although you may be there to expand your horizons, other people are there for the same reason. So be a valuable member of any networking group, learn to ask questions and provide opinions with sincerity and interest.

Most importantly, be yourself and enjoy the experience. It will increase your confidence and interpersonal skills, and provide real opportunities for career advancement.

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