Why Networking is Important
From fostering business relationships to promotions, networking is the key to career growth an success. I am sharing with you 5 of the reasons why I believe in networking. No worries if you are a networking newbie or a pro. Everyone can network and it is never too early, or too late to start. My Dad always told me that- it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And trust me folks, he was right to say this!
1. Building Relationships
It is important to build healthy working relationship with those in the business. This can lead to new clients and awesome projects! Plus, you are spreading the word about your services and making a name for yourself.
Start the conversation by asking about the other person. What’s easier than sharing information on ourselves? This is a stress-free way to get to know someone and it isn’t touching on a controversial topic.
2. Job Searching
Alrighty, the time has come. You have decided to quit the job you hate and do something every day that truly makes you happy. There’s only one thing: you have to get that dream job. Networking is great because, during job searching and those transitions, you can rely on the community of businessmen and women to help you turn the dream position into a reality.
Don’t be shy. Ask around about jobs!
3. Career Transitioning
As I mentioned above, networking is great for intel on the field you are in. It is also incredibly helpful because each person you connect with, has a network of their own. It’s like an endless supply of information and professionals. Don’t be afraid to ask your network to put their feelers out for a position open in the field you are wanting to transition into.
If you have the intention of transitioning, network with that in mind. Introduce yourself to people in the field you are wanting to join.
Networking is all about who you know- it’s as simple as that. Start introducing yourself and regularly having conversations with those in your workplace can open so many doors- Even if it is 5 minutes in the break room while the coffee is brewing! By putting yourself out there and making it a point to interact with colleagues, people will take notice and remember you. This will help you when it’s time for reviews, a raise and position advancements. Most employees go to work, do there job and leave. Be the one who is not afraid to stand out and invest in others.
Networking is incredible for gaining opportunity- who knows who you will meet and who will learn about your work. This is how businesses and individuals grow. Plus, those looking to turn their side hustle into a full-time gig, can really benefit from this.
Don’t forget to add your connections to LinkedIn or on a professional Facebook account. You will want to stay in contact and keep up with them.
If you’re still doubting the power of networking, test it out. For the next 30 days make it a point to connect with as many people as you can and strive to reach your career goal. If you need assistance reaching your goals or would like extra support on your journey, contact me. I would love to help you!