8 Ways on How to Build Your Network in a New City
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Moves can be intimidating. You’ll be in a new place with a new routine, possibly a new job, and without the network you may have relied on in the past. Yes, you can always reach out to them via text or Skype, but making new connections in this new city will help you adjust, make you happier, and help you gain friends nearby who you can rely on.

So, take a sip from your cup of confidence and get out there! Here are some ideas if you feel stuck in the house with nowhere to go:

1. Visit Meetup or Eventbrite

Meetup will find get-togethers near you based on your location. A quick search will find lots of great, upcoming events that will be attended by like-minded people!

Eventbrite is especially helpful for personal development. Looking for conferences, workshops, classes, gala’s, networking events, and more? This is your best bet!

Quick tip: Get the mobile app for Meetup and Eventbrite where it suggest upcoming events in your area. It’s like the Yelp app where it suggests restaurants near you. There are lots of free networking and training events offered.

2. Attend Alumni Chapter Events

Have you connected with your fellow alumni recently? Now may be a great opportunity to expand your network and meet people with similar backgrounds and experiences. You can check-in with your university and subscribe to the mailing list of your alumni chapter to get notified of upcoming events.

3. Search on LinkedIn

Take a quick look around LinkedIn and you’ll find groups upon groups of professionals looking for opportunities, hosting events, or engaging in volunteer work. It’s easy to become one of them! Search some keywords that relate to your industry or functional area to find groups that will post events. There’s also a fantastic ‘Find Alumni’ feature under the ‘Network’ navigation bar where you can search for by graduation year, city, company, functional work area etc.

4. Get Involved in Your Local Community Centre

Your community centre can be a great resource for finding volunteer work or interesting activities to take part in. Getting involved is a great way to take your adjustment into this new community into your own hands!

5. Take a Class You are Interested In

Are you a cook? A yogi? A dancer? Are you none of the above but think that trying a beginner class would be interesting? Great! Activities like these will be great stress relievers when work picks up. You’ll also get access to communities of people who you can connect to.

6. Attend Conferences

Conferences are a great way to engage in some personal development. Take the time to enrich your life and network with like-minded people!

7. Go to Career Fairs and Job Expos

These events will help you assess the opportunities that are available to you and gain new connections. They will be especially important if you don’t yet have a job. September and October are popular months for these events, so seek them out soon!

8. Host a Potluck

Be a great host and invite people from your neighbourhood to have some fun and deepen relationships. This is also a great way to become more familiar with your community, establish credibility and visibility.

Have you ever moved to a new city? How did you build up your network? Let me know in the comments section!


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Diana YK Chan

Diana YK Chan

Diana is a former Recruiter turned Career Coach, Speaker and Trainer at My Marketability. She helps ambitious professionals and executives design the next chapter of their life, navigate transformational changes, and land incredible opportunities with a higher income. She’s an expert at distinguishing people’s unique brand value, mastering their messages and networking with confidence to gain a competitive edge. She’s recognized by JobScan as one of the Top 10 Job Search Experts to follow on LinkedIn.