Here’s the lowdown: a “professional network” is just code for “friends who are willing to help each other professionally.” Building yours doesn’t have to be hard, and it shouldn’t feel sleazy. Here’s how to do it.
Don’t forget to read this resource-rich and highly informative article on building your professional network. In simple language, it explains that your professional network is really just a buzzword for your work-friends. If you think of them as they really are, people you enjoy spending time with (Most people work 40-50 hours a week at work) and would help you as you would help them, then the conniving air of “Network-building” disappears. It has helpful tips for keeping in touch with former colleagues as well. Above all, treat your network like the people you respect and appreciate. Make time to spend time with them!