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Networking in the Construction Industry: 5 Networking Tips for Construction Professionals

The construction industry is particularly heavy on networking and many businesses in the industry win their projects based on a solid network. We've put together five tips to help you network more effectively.

Having a well-established network has become an important part of our lives but sometimes making that initial introduction can be intimidating to a lot of people. Introducing yourself to build relationships and network is just as important in the construction industry as in any other -perhaps even more. The construction industry is particularly heavy on networking events and many businesses in the industry win their projects based on a solid network. But networking can take many different forms and sometimes can turn into a daunting task.

Because you need to be ready to take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself, we’ve put together five simple and easy networking tips and tricks to help you further expand your network of contacts in the construction industry.

Join a professional trade association

One of the top benefits of joining a trade association is the ability to build longstanding relationships with individuals in your field. Most trade associations are also very active. They host conferences, social meetings, seminars, and events throughout the year that could help you explore new business opportunities and strengthen old ones.

Always be ready

Business opportunities can happen everywhere at any time. Look for opportunities to meet people whenever possible -even on vacation. Over the course of a conversation you might end up discovering you have professional links in common with your conversational partner. Always be ready.


Don’t forget your business cards!

Being always ready means having your business cards on you and ensure contact details are up to date. Exchanging business cards is a fantastic way to have all pertinent contact information for that new connection you just made. Also, the back of the business card is a great place to jot down any additional detail that you can later reference when you follow up with your new connection.

Network at work

The workplace is a valuable supply of contacts and connections. It’s a natural place to develop relationships, which will also make your life easier. If you’re spending weeks or even months at the same job-site it’s always convenient to make time to get to know the people working around you. In addition, try to maintain good relationships with current and former employers. You never know who you might be working for or with in the future. Maybe the project you submitted a bid for could have ties to a previous colleague.

Get social online

Social networking sites are becoming more and more important for having a well-developed network. Use LinkedIn to reconnect with old acquaintances that you may have lost touch with over the years.  You can also use industry forums, Facebook talk groups or LinkedIn industry-specific groups that are geared towards your expertise. Online networking should not replace the face-to-face networking but it is a valuable tool not to be underestimated. After all, most people these days navigate the Internet to look for goods and services. Yours could be the one they’re looking for.

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