Take a look around for some career advice and you are bound to run across someone expounding on the virtues of networking.
With social media and its impact on almost everything, the ability to network has become even more efficient, given the instantaneous nature of social media and the ability to access it almost anywhere. To many, this means that there is no excuse not to network for those looking to expand their careers, or even start them.
Hype aside, it’s no joke: networking really does matter for your career.
To get you better acquainted with why networking matters for your career, here are a few of the essentials you need to know. Take a look below:
- Networking gives you more opportunities. At one point or another, you’ve probably thought to yourself “I know someone who would be great for this (job or position).” Well, with a great network and the right qualifications, chances are you have others thinking the same about you. Having an extended network of people who know you and what you are good at really well and what can help give you more opportunities necessary to expand your career. The best part about all of this is that networking helps jobs find you–a definite win-win in our book.
- Networking gives you an in. As well as helping jobs find you, networking can help you figure out the best ways to land the job you’ve been coveting. Whether that means knowing someone in company who can put in a good word for you with the hiring manger or asking someone who knows the nitty gritty of the trade you are looking to enter, networking can be a great way to give you insider knowledge as to what you need to do to make you stand out amongst your competitors and other candidates.
- Networking helps build up your knowledge and broaden your perspective. Finally, networking is a great way to help you learn more and more about things outside of your expertise. When you meet others from various fields, you have a great opportunity to converse with them about their field of expertise. And, having that kind of exposure available to you is a great way to gain knowledge and broaden your perspective, giving you an edge over others who aren’t able to look outside of their profession.