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Building professional relationships in the workplace is essential if you want to progress your career. Meeting new contacts and building a strong working relationship with your colleagues can help you to build confidence and work towards career development. Here are some ways you can develop professional relationships and build your contacts.

Help at Work

Helping your colleagues at work and taking on extra projects can help you build professional relationships. If you help a colleague by listening to them and offering advice when asked you’ll be seen as a good listener and a reliable work-mate. Take time out to ask your colleagues if everything is OK at work and if you feel you have extra time to help colleagues then offer.


One of the most effective ways to make contacts at work is by socialising. Socialising during lunch breaks, attending social events and organising team building exercises are all ways you can build rapport with your colleagues. It gives you the chance to get to know your colleagues outside of the working environment and will allow you to develop professional relationships more quickly. Try to set up work events and ensure you take regular breaks at work.

Attend Networking Events

Networking events can give you the opportunity to meet a variety of industry contacts. Research your local area and find out what networking events are happening. You should attend these on a regular basis so industry contacts can recognise you. You should also take along copies of your business card to make contacts as these may be valuable for the future.

Use Social Media

Social media can be a really effective way to meet industry contacts and to build professional relationships. Many companies and individuals use social media to promote their news and to get involved in industry topics and conversations. Use the search box to search for specific individuals or companies and use keywords and topics to get involved in relevant conversation. You should notice this raise your industry profile and it should lead to you building more contacts.

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