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How to build a network in a new country?

Are you moving to a new country? Well let me first congratulate you for a new beginning in your life, changes are good! Of course, they will be certain topics that may required your attention.

But, once you are settled. Start connecting with people, it would make your life easier, and is a good practice to participate with different communities, the more you explore the more you can learn, and make new connections, best of all... It doesn't hurt anyone.

My name is Wendy, I describe myself as an international connector. As someone who have lived in 3 different countries, I can tell you that being part of different communities, and start building a network have helped me to gain professional experience, connect with very interesting people and learn from them.

In May 2020 I started the Women Hiring Circle, with one thing in mind "building an international network" based in 4 pillars: Community, Growth, Knowledge and Network. Here would you find a community of women with working experience in different fields.

We host Welcome Sessions where you can learn more about the benefits and upcoming events or activities. Visit the events page for more information

In my experience, the sooner you start building networks the better to gain insights about the city, practices, culture, and opportunities to learn the language or start seeking a job.

But, how can you start building a network in a new country?

First, activate your online presence. If you want to grow a professional network, LinkedIn is the place to be. Have a look at your current profile, and update it if needed.

Once your profile is up to date, you need to select what kind of people you would like to interact with. When growing your network you need to keep in mind:

  • What can you offer them?

  • And what you would like to be remembered for?

Yes, you are new in town, and need to understand how things work. But, certainly there is something that you can share/offer to others. We are always good at something, and if it is related to your professional career even better.

Select the topic and try to share posts with the same frequency, at the beginning you may not have that much visibility... But, the more you share and participate in other conversations you will start seeing the results.

Once you feel in your own skin, and gain confidence it's time to start growing your network. I always recommend to be honest and respectful when sending request to connect with other people. Be genuine, and let the person know why do you want to connect with them.

Make a good first impression that would make them to remember you.

Trust me, you will see the results!

If you prefer social interactions, explore Meet ups, or social events near you. This year we are adding social events to our agenda, follow us on LinkedIn to keep an eye of them. You will always find a group with similar interests, hobbies, sports or language schools in case you need to shape your language skills or learn a new one.

The more diverse your network is the better, because you will never know how useful a new connection would be.

And remember, try to pay it forward. If you can help other people in your network, do it!

If you like this post, share it with other women within your network. I will keep posting more content to help you to work on your personal branding and networking skills.

To become a member of the Women Hiring Circle click here. We host every month an online session for members to discuss different topics for example: career development, diversity & inclusion in the work place, and personal growth.

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