WHAT TO KNOW ONCE YOU JOIN A PROFESSIONAL GROUP:
— Research the structure of each and every event you attend. It helps to know the group's values and purpose.
— Always arrive early to an event, and offer assistance if needed.
— Network with determination by setting reasons as to why you need to be there.
— Look for conversation starters, such as what someone is wearing or something you have in common.
— Always present your business card once a connection is made.
In today’s world, it's essential to network not only with your peers, but just about anyone who is doing something positive and making a difference in the world.
A perfect way to learn to network effectively is by joining a professional network.
The purpose of a professional network is to build referrals, as well as find opportunities, advice and mentoring. It's also a way to increase positive influences, as well as build a better resume.
Luckily, southwestern Ohio is home to several organizations focusing exclusively on young professionals. Here's a list of young professional groups in the area.
generationdayton.org | Call Rachel Gensler at (937) 226-8278 | or submit your questions online.
On Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Mission: To provide opportunities for young professionals to connect with peers, develop professional skills, build relationships, and succeed in their careers while enhancing the community’s quality of life.
updayton.org | 937-681-9793 | email@example.comOn Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Mission: UpDayton seeks to spur economic growth in the Dayton by attracting and retaining young creative talent. UpDayton wants to show young adults that the Gem City is a great place to live, work and play. And if top-notch creative young professionals want to live in our community, then top-notch entrepreneurs, businesses and investors want to be here, too!
URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, GREATER SOUTHWESTERN OHIO
Mission: Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULYP-GSO) exists for the sole purpose of advancing the Urban League Movement through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AT AUSTIN LANDING
austinlanding.com/ypal | (937) 291-6300 | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Social: Facebook | Twitter
Mission: A group of young professionals in the Austin Landing community who come together for networking, charity and comradery.
What group is at the top of your list to join? Let us know in the comments, or by emailing email@example.com.