You may have had a thriving network before you moved. You had established ties, and you knew who you could call on depending on what your need was. But how do you get started with building a network from scratch in a new city? It can be a rather daunting task to start all over again.
Here are some ideas to help you start your new network:
Join the local chapter of a professional association. Professional associations are a great place to network. This is where colleagues in your field congregate.
Find an affinity group. If you are a woman or a member of an ethnic minority, you can usually find affinity groups that are either a subset of a professional association or are standalone groups. Some examples would be Women in Technology or the National Black MBA Association.
Search LinkedIn. LinkedIn has groups that are focused on different geographic locations. There is a technology group based in Oregon that is listed on LinkedIn, for example. By searching LinkedIn, you can expand your network online as well as in person. Some groups have meetups where you can extend your virtual relationships into in person relationships.
Volunteer. Find a cause that you are interested in and volunteer your time. This is a great way to find likeminded people who can become part of your new network in your new city.
Take a class. By signing up for a course that is either for credit or not for credit, you will meet more people who live in your area. It is likely that you will have group projects to complete, and that will give you the opportunity to get to know some of your classmates on a deeper level.
Attend conferences. By attending conferences that are related to your industry, profession, or just your personal interests, you will build your network. You may have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to get to know people at a conference, but it can really be worth it because you will be able to interact with so many people in one place.