While the economic outlook is uncertain and millions are furloughed and unemployed, it isn’t a stretch to say that a good portion of our population is worried about their jobs. What can you do to help temper those worries? Stay connected.

You might wonder how to do that in the age of social distancing, but, alas, there’s good news: we’ve been networking virtually for some time now.

That’s right, if you’re a social media user, you’re likely networking. Here’s how to go from just posting pictures and chatting with friends, to leveraging social media as a networking tool…

Join – or start – a Facebook Group. A search of groups on Facebook will likely find just what you’re looking for, be it a group of local professionals looking to connect and share resources, or a national group of like-minded individuals working in your field. Be sure to read over group guidelines and rules before you join, and respect them once you’re approved to join a group. After you’re in, take the time to read posts and be active in discussions and to create your own topics of interest.

Connect through a Chamber or other Business Group. Chambers of Commerce are great resources in this time where there are so many legislative and financial changes and tools to sort through. They are also huge supporters of their business members, even when they can’t put on in-person events. Connect with your local chamber and you may find it is offering free webinars to keep you up-to-date on things in the legislative, business and financial world, and even offer platforms to strengthen your business and networking skills.

Build your Recommendation Base. While you likely have more free time on your hands, now the time to take advantage of creating or updating your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your resume is up-to-date. If you have work samples you’re proud of and want to showcase, upload them. Perhaps more important than anything, reach out to your connections to let them know you’re thinking of them. Have something nice to say about your professional relationship? Leave them a recommendation, and ask for one in return. Think of it as your virtual reference list.

Face Time. While you can’t “do lunch” in person, it doesn’t mean you can’t meet through video chat. Be it on Skype, a Google Hangout, or Zoom meeting, set a lunch date. It doesn’t have to be about business talk. Sometimes it’s good for the mind and soul to just connect with a familiar face.

Want to join us at a future function? Learn more about Pagoda Business Network online at pagodabusinessassociation.com.