We hear the word “networking” all the time. People are talking about their network, and how having a great network can take you far. A real definition of networking is the exchange of information among people with a common interest.
No one is talking about how to build your network, or why you should be building your network, so let’s dive into this headfirst.
If you are considering switching career paths or making the move, networking is a great way to gain insights into a new industry. You can ask people who work in the industry questions about their own experiences. This can also help you find out if an industry is well suited to your personality and interests.
Networking allows you to showcase yourself beyond your resume and cover letter. If you are considering applying for a position at a company networking gives you the opportunity to make a positive impression on the people who will be reviewing your resume. If you can connect in person with your network, you can create a great face-to-face impression even before you enter the job interview.
The more you network, the more comfortable you will become and the better you will be. Having a one-on-one networking session can help build your confidence to attend a larger networking event. This can also help you with number two on this list so that you can meet face-to-face and build real relationships that can take you far!
The more people that you network with, the more opportunities you create for yourself. A larger network opens more doors into different industries and has more job opportunities. This encompasses the previous three reasons why you should build your network.
Networking can happen through facilitated events, direct requests, and chance meetings. Whether you are meeting someone for a one on one coffee chat or talking to an executive at a facilitated event it is important to follow the key networking mechanics to have a successful outcome.
Here are some key tips for networking:
It can be intimidating to go to a networking session the first few times, but once you’ve gone to a few, your confidence will increase the more you do it. So get out there and work on building the best version of yourself!