Networking is a commonly discussed topic in the world of workforce development; however, it’s a common misconception that healthcare providers don’t have to network to advance themselves. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as relationship-building is essential not only for finding healthcare jobs, but continual professional growth and learning. The sooner you learn to appreciate the value of networking, the more accelerated you’ll become in your area of medical practice. Whether you’re already an established healthcare professional or are in the process of growing your career, here are three of the most impactful ways to network in the healthcare industry:
Join professional industry organizations. Join professional organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and The National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM). Getting involved in these types of industry groups will give you valuable opportunities to connect with other healthcare pros through professional development programming and social events. It will also allow you to significantly expand your network, as you’ll get to know professionals from across the U.S. through online networking forums and professional seminars and conferences hosted by these organizations.
Engage on professional online networking sites. Professional online networking sites, such as LinkedIn, allow for meaningful exchange of information in which you can learn from fellow professionals and grow your online database of contacts. Professionally engaging on social media platforms is an effective way to expand your knowledge base and interact with experienced providers who can help you advance your career. Developing a strong online presence can also help you establish yourself as a credible industry leader which can open doors to new opportunities, such as speaking engagements or advanced leadership roles.
Get involved in your community. A frequently overlooked benefit of community involvement is the ability to network with hundreds of new people. There are many volunteer opportunities at local healthcare organizations and clinics in which you can offer your professional skills to those in need. Doing this allows you to meet other healthcare pros in your area and foster relationships within the community in which you work. By giving of your time and talents, you’ll build a professional reputation as a valued member of your local healthcare system.
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