Whether through professional associations, trade groups, conferences or clubs, networking is an excellent way to learn and share important career information. Here's some sage advice:Look for areas of mutual interest. Consider each person you meet someone with whom you might be able to share information or assistance.
Ask questions and be a good listener to gather interesting information. Remember needs that people mention so you can pass leads on later.Talk about your strengths. Don't be afraid of self-promotion. As you let people know about you, they'll find it easier to know what to ask you or share with you.
Organize your records. Be able to find someone's name and contact information on a moment's notice. Note on business cards or in electronic files people's areas of expertise, where you met them, and things you want to remember.Read books and publications (including electronic ones) in your field. Know the major issues and find out how you can become involved.
Takeroles. You'll be more visible, more likely to be included in interesting events and discussions, and more likely to meet others.