Scott Cathcart

Entrepreneur | Impact Investor | Triathlete

The Importance of Networking

Networking is essential in business because it enhances professional success and career development. Good networking is likely to give you personal development opportunities, advancement possibilities, and job leads. Networking also helps to grow your career and professional success chances. Your networking may be made of family, friends, customers, co-workers, personal acquittances, and professionals within the industry. They can also be random people you meet at the shopping centers, gym, or church. Below are points explaining the importance of networking.

Networking Makes Job Search Easier

Networking is most important during job search because fewer positions are filled through advertisements while most are via personal contacts. Networking comes in handy while searching for a new career as it offers job search advice, job leads, and reference letters. Social media platforms are perfect places to share your details regarding job hunting. There are higher chances of having someone on your contact list who knows of a job opening.

Networking Enhance Workplace Relations

Pursuing connections at your workplace helps offer you job leads, practical training, referrals, and mentorship. Your colleagues will be more willing to help you advance in your career if you equally dedicate your time to relating with them. For example, your supervisors will give you recommendation letters, while the senior managers can provide inside information regarding a new opening in other departments.

Networking Enhances Career Development

Career development acts as a map guiding your career journey that starts with schooling and ends upon retirement. Career development entails skills acquired in informal and formal education, work experiences gained in the first job, and the advancement opportunity in the current position. Networking is crucial in accelerating your career development pace and providing new chances for success. Employers offer official career development chances such as certification exams, training courses, and seminars.

Lastly, professional networking can help you in your career development in numerous ways. They include auditing courses previously offered by your former professor, arranging a coffee meeting with your boss to deliberate on career goals, or job shadowing an acquittance working for your competitor. Ensure you are in constant communication with people working in different fields at various managerial levels. This helps you be more informed and presents any available job opening in line with your career development.

 

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