Imagine that you are at a conference, full of clinical laboratory professionals.
Ready to start networking?
When we network, we meet people for more information or professional contacts. However, networking is not easy, even with many years of career experience. In this article, we have provided you a list of resources to help you make better use of your next networking event. Which networking tips for laboratory professionals do you find the most helpful? Sometimes it is helpful to start by asking ourselves a few questions.
Do you want to network to:
- recruit more laboratory staff?
- create new, innovative scientific partnerships?
- solve testing problems in your laboratory?
Reading about the benefits and strategies of networking can help us identify goals and create action steps to accomplish them. So, grab a stack of your business cards, and let’s get started.
Networking Tips for Laboratory Professionals: A Different Perspective
Sign up to watch 3 free webinars on how to network, and why it is important for clinical laboratory professionals. Learn conversational strategies for networking in person and on LinkedIn. Please click this link to register for the first webinar in this series: https://www.clinicallab.com/trends/career-development/networking-a-different-perspective-26684.
ASCP Members Can Reap the Benefits of Local Chapters
In this article, medical technologists talk about the benefits of going to local chapter meetings. Please click the link to read this article: https://www.ascp.org/content/news-archive/news-detail/2022/07/13/ascp-members-can-reap-the-benefits-of-local-chapters#
Networking on LinkedIn: Why You Should and How to Do It
You do not need to be very active on social media to find LinkedIn useful for your own purposes. LinkedIn has grown a lot as a professional social network since its start in 2003. With over 800 million users worldwide, LinkedIn offers endless networking and learning opportunities. This article discusses the many uses of LinkedIn to help you reach your goals. Please click this link to read the article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-linkedin-why-you-should-how-do-tzufit-herling
Strategies for Laboratory Professionals to Drive Laboratory Stewardship
This article discusses developing formalized networks of organizational support for laboratories. Read about creating laboratory stewardship groups to improve patient care across health systems. Please click this link to read the article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352551721000494
Whether you are new or have been a professional for decades, there are many resources to help us network. In this article, we have provided a small number of networking tips for laboratory professionals as a launchpad to help you plan. The resources that we have shared included some of the following shared ideas about networking:
We share (and receive) news, advice, and guidance in professional circles and other networking spaces. Sometimes we learn from others and ourselves in surprising or unexpected ways!
- Career Advancement:
In networking spaces, we meet other people who can help us grow in our careers, or find new job opportunities. Being curious and asking for help are two actions we can take to help us create new opportunities for career advancement.
- Innovative Solutions:
We often gain new perspectives in conversation with others. Our creative intellect improves when we have strong professional and social circles. Increased creative cognition helps us solve problems or improve practices in our workspaces.
Reading about positive experiences and outcomes from networking motivates us to do more. Are you planning to attend a conference or another networking event soon? View our calendar to see where WSLH Proficiency Testing will be this spring. We look forward to seeing you at one of these conferences. In the meantime, we invite you to connect with us and our staff members on LinkedIn.