Make the connections that will help you succeed—and advance faster.

Networking doesn't stop once you've landed the job. Building a high-quality, diverse network is key to learning and growth, influencing others, and launching your ideas. But how do you move beyond small talk and cold emails to building a network that is strategic and effective, made up of authentic relationships?

The HBR Guide to Smarter Networking will give you the tools you need to connect confidently, get your initiatives off the ground, and move up in your career.

This guide will help you:

  • Make great first impressions
  • Connect better at conferences—in-person or virtual
  • Reach out to find your next job
  • Overcome obstacles to building your network
  • Avoid networking burnout
  • Keep your network healthy over the long haul

Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Harvard Business Review Guides
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. What You’ll Learn
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction: Building a Smarter Network
  8. Section One: Why You Need to Network, Even If You’re Not Job Hunting
  9. Section Two: Great First Impressions
  10. Section Three: Connecting at Conferences and Events
  11. Section Four: Networking to Land a Great Job
  12. Section Five: Networking to Do Your Job Better
  13. Section Six: Remote, Virtual, and Social Media Networking
  14. Section Seven: Overcoming Distinct Networking Challenges
  15. Section Eight: Avoiding Networking Burnout
  16. Section Nine: Sustaining Your Network over the Years
  17. Index