I’ve enjoyed reading what my favorite bloggers have resolved to do in 2015. Grace of Design*Sponge wants to document her life more, Heather at Dooce wants to read more books, and Kat at Corporette is going to eat healthier dinners.
And me? I want to create a more structured blogging schedule (right now, I just post as the spirit moves me) and resolve arguments with my boyfriend more constructively (we’re both on board for this one).
But moving on to the purpose of this post. If you’re looking to focus on your career more in 2015, here’s a resolution you should add to your list: Work to foster and maintain professional contacts. Classy Career Girl’s 2015 Networking Challenge is a great way to accomplish this — she’s created an ambitious program for those looking to expand their networks.
Her challenge is to each month meet with 4 people you’d like to know better and 4 you don’t know at all. It’s a great idea for cementing existing relationships and forming new ones.
If you don’t have time to undertake such a large project, however, you can target the same goals on a smaller scale. Every Monday morning, resolve to shoot a few e-mails to friends and acquaintances you had in college, graduate school, and in former jobs. Look at your LinkedIn contact list for inspiration. Ask what they have been doing lately; share what’s new with you.
Once you’ve broken the ice, keep the interaction up on a semi-regular basis: every other month or so. Forward articles and information on events that you think would interest them.
As you and your contacts continue to advance in your careers, you’ll remember each other when opportunities arise. A broad network is a good thing.