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The Best Networking Opportunities For You

March 19, 2019 at 9:05AM
The Best Networking Opportunities For You

Networking is no longer optional; it has become a crucial component to the job search. We’ve curated a list of popular and new networking opportunities specifically designed for your personality and career goals. Discover your networking style and start making connections today. 

  • If you’re the creative type looking for an inspiring community of like-minded thinkers;

    • CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. They offer free, monthly events that feature a short talk, Q+A and breakfast. CreativeMornings started in NYC in 2008 and has since grown to over 170 cities all over the world. The local chapters not only celebrate a city’s creative talent but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded people. CreativeMornings take place one Friday a month from 8:30am to 10amEvery event includes networking time before and after a talk. 

    • Create & Cultivate is both an online resource and in-person collective that brings together creative women from around the globe. Attend panels hosted by influential and inspirational speakers at conferences throughout the year, scroll through their blog for career tips and advice, and discover one-day pop-ups where you can mingle with the best in business.

    • Other resources for you:

      • The CreativeMornings website also has a job board of current listings, video archives of past talks, and other resources.

      • UX Designers can request an invite to the exclusive Designer Hangout.

      • These Top 40 Subreddits are great networking spaces for artists, photographers and designers.

  • If you’re a busy professional interested in growing your network on your schedule;

    • Facebook groups are a nice alternative to online networking when you have limited time to dedicate to your networking practices, Often free, or with little barrier to entry, it’s an easy way to network online without signing up for a new service. Similar to LinkedIn, but much more discussion-friendly since there are so many people already on Facebook, Facebook groups are ideal for sharing thoughts and ideas.

    • Fishbowl is a social network that connects professionals within the same industry or company to have candid and relevant conversations about workplace topics. The platform helps break down organizational barriers by allowing employees to interact directly with senior leadership at their company and peers in their industry. Professionals come to Fishbowl to discuss industry news and get career advice from colleagues in an open, supportive environment.  

    • Other resources for you:

  • If you’re a focused, ambitious woman seeking to build relationships with other female entrepreneurs; 

    • Slack is a collaboration hub for work, no matter what work you do. It’s a place where conversations happen, decisions are made, and information is always at your fingertips. Specific subgroups, like #FemaleFounders and Ladies Get Paid, are dedicated to sharing resources and building relationships between women looking for career-related advice and job opportunities. 

    • Bumble tapped into their existing 20+ million users to introduce a career networking component inside of their women-focused dating app. Bumble Bizz is the place where you can network, connect, and career-build with other professionals in your area.

    • Other resources for you:

  • If you work in tech and want to collaborate with other professionals in your industry;

    • Built In is a network of online communities that currently operate in seven markets: NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Colorado, Austin,  Boston, and Seattle. Their site lists a number of tech related events, dependent on your region. 

    • The NY Tech Alliance was created through the merger of NY Tech Meetup and the New York Technology Council. The organization has over 60,000 individual and institutional members, reflecting the full spectrum of the greater New York area tech community and making it the largest tech organization in the region. 

    • Other resources for you:

  • If you’re always looking for new adventures and people to make connections with while traveling for work: 

Visit our new Resources for Career Advancement page for more information on how to grow your network.

Written by Morgan Ersery and Casey O'Connell for Open Campus.

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