The internet has changed the way we network, with websites like LinkedIn giving us the power to connect with more people than ever before. However, sometimes it can be more effective to do your networking the old-fashioned way: offline and face to face.
If you want to find a job in the construction industry, being able to network is a vital skill to have. Whether you’re just starting out in your career, or are looking to take your next steps, having a group of contacts you can reach out to can be a massive help.
We understand that networking can seem like a daunting task, especially if it’s not something you’ve really done before. But it doesn’t have to be. The following are 5 construction networking tips so you can start networking right away.
1) Don’t underestimate the power of business cards
In a world where pretty much everyone carries a smartphone, do we really have a need for business cards anymore? We certainly think so! Business cards are a quick, simple and foolproof way to share your contact details. Keep a few business cards with you at all times – you never know when you might bump into a new potential business contact. And don’t forget to make sure all of your contact details are up-to-date.
2) Make the most of trade bodies and professional organisations
There are a whole host of different professional organisations for people working in the construction industry, such as the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Industry Council, and many of them host regular events for their members. These events are a great opportunity to mingle with people working at all levels of industry, so make the most of them.
3) Always be prepared
Networking opportunities don’t just occur in professional settings, they can happen anywhere, at any time. This is why it’s important to always be prepared, whether you’re in the supermarket, having a drink at your local pub or even on holiday. That person sat next to you could be just the contact you need to secure your next role.
4) Networking doesn’t stop when you get a job
You should always make the effort to get to know the people you work with, as they could prove to be useful contacts for the future. If you’re spending months working on a specific project or site, take the time to expand your professional network and build relationships with your colleagues at all levels. Building relationships will help you once your contract comes to an end.
5) Remember to pay it forward
Your main goal of networking should be to build mutually beneficial relationships, rather than just looking out for yourself. If you get an opportunity to help somebody out, or are able put them in touch with someone else who can, you should. Then when they’re in a position to help, they’ll return the favour. Like the old saying goes, “what goes around, comes around”.