The Importance of Networking
Monday April 1st, 2019 – Emily M
First of All, What Is Networking?
By definition, networking is “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions”. In the job world, it is a way of getting yourself out there and finding opportunities in a non-traditional way. A lot of jobs aren’t actually posted anywhere instead they are found through word of mouth.
So Why Is It Important?
In this day and age, networking is vital to have. It’s not about what you know but who you know. Of course, your skills are important and the jobs you get should complement that, but it’s important to remember that there are other people out there with the same education and skill set as you who are trying to get that job that you want too. Networking doesn’t just provide you with job opportunities but also the chance to develop your skills and connect with likeminded people. It is said that the people who are the most connected with others are the more successful. Meaning the more in tune you are with your networking the more opportunities you will get, whether that means ways to develop your professional or personal life.
How Do You Get Your Network Started?
First things first: put yourself out there. Networking opportunities can come from anywhere, whether that be at your local coffee shop, the grocery store or on campus. It’s all about engaging with people and finding a way to connect with them that would be beneficial to both of you. You can start your network with people you know already, your family members, coworkers or friends and then branch out. Networking events are a great place to start or even through social media such as LinkedIn.
Some Tips on Effective Networking Practices
· Make a good first impression and a lasting one, you want to be remembered and for a good reason at that.
· Be yourself! It’s important to present yourself in the best light but more important to stay authentic to your true self.
· Practice active listening. Concentrate on what’s being said and engage with the person your speaking too. Really hear what they’re saying rather than just waiting for them to finish so you can speak.
Good Luck Building Your Network!