Networking is one of the most effective ways to advance in your career. Whether you’re looking for a promotion or a new employer, the more people you know in your industry, the greater your mobility. Part of networking is finding the right professionals to connect with, learning how to contact them, and maintaining your professional relationships. Because this takes time out of your busy schedule, you need ways to organize and manage your professional connections.
Check out these tools to boost your networking effectiveness.
This app lets you track jobs, hiring managers, and companies you apply to and the status of each application. View job search and networking videos to help with career management. Keep track of members in your network, how strong your relationship is with each, and whether they’re associated with your targeted companies. Your connections may be willing to refer you to a hiring manager.
This website makes it easy to organize a local group or event or join one that already exists. Thousands of people get together in local communities each day to improve themselves or the community. You’re sure to meet other professionals in your industry.
This website lets you organize an event or participate in one already scheduled. Find a category that applies to your professional interests and make plans accordingly. Start relationships with others in your field.
This Gmail extension provides social media information about the contacts inside your inbox. Learn what people look like, where they’re based, and what they do. Connect with your contacts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to strengthen your professional relationships. Use shared interests to build rapport.
This RSS newsreader/organizer lets you manage news articles, blogs, trade journals, and related sources of information needed to think, learn, and stay ahead. It helps you find companies to target, job leads, industry trends, and related content. Share the information with your network through email, social media, networking events, and related methods. Show you’re a thought leader in your industry.
This app lets you meet nearby professionals for lunch, dinner, or happy hour. Request to join a lunch initiated by another, or schedule a lunch and invite others to join you. Signing in with a LinkedIn account lets people learn more about each other beforehand to facilitate conversation. Add each other as friends, get connected, and expand your network.
This app manages your email, phone calls, meetings, documents, social media accounts, and more. Organize information by contact, company, meeting, or another method that works for you. Save email signatures from maintaining current contact information. Learn when to reach out to members of your network to build professional relationships.