Actually, since you’re reading this blog in particular, you should have started networking long ago. (Always network before you need something!) You hear a lot about networking, but you never hear why you should include it into your day-to-day tasks. Whether you are weighing the benefits of networking or do not know where to begin, know that it is important to begin networking right now.
Remember networking is a gateway for your job hunt
If you are looking for a new job, networking should be a tool in your arsenal. Networking can (and probably will) open opportunities for you during your job hunt. Sometimes a hiring manager will take suggestions from their connections of candidates they should interview. Other times, you’ll meet your next employer during a networking event. So, if you want to be successful in your job search, begin networking now.
Find a mentor (or two)
Networking can introduce you to a lot of experts and professionals in your industry. Seeking industry advice and information from these professionals will lead you to someone who can mentor you and be there for you during the job hunt.
Build and expand your business
If you own your company (or even if you’re an employee), networking will help grow your business. Networking can land you new clients and create business relationships. Attend the next conference or networking event and talk about your business. You may meet the next person who can help build or expand your business.
Networking, when done properly, can lead to…well…pretty much anything! The key is to help others selflessly in any way you can, and the karma will return to you when you need it most.
Why do you think you should start networking right now?