Networking is an important part of building your professional life. Having an active network can assist in developing your career, providing new ideas, new ways to do business, and may even open you up to opportunities during a job search. Some of the most successful businesspeople can attest to the importance of career networking and incorporating it in your career-related activities. Often networking falls low on our list of priorities. It is time-consuming and can be a struggle when you first start out. However, it is an essential part of furthering your career, increasing your knowledge and providing access to career opportunities. You don’t know who you don’t know.
Building and maintaining a network is a long-term investment which comes with many benefits. In a previous blog post, we talked about the importance of life-long learning. Networking can add to your life-long learning journey. There is always more to learn and it’s great to connect with those who are willing to share their experiences. Networking allows for the spread of knowledge which can help you further your career. It can increase your knowledge on your industry, as well as other industries in the workforce. The spread of new ideas and innovations is best achieved through career networking. Networking also provides opportunities for skill development such as communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s not about what you know, but who you know”. There is some truth to that statement. Networking is a way for you to connect with people in your field and open you up to career opportunities you may not have been aware of. Think of networking as creating and boosting your “professional profile”. The more people you network with, the more minds you are present in. Should a career opportunity come up that is related to your field, there is a good chance someone in your network will let you know about it. This is a great way to further your career and business advancements and an even better way to “get your foot in the door” when entering the workforce or when switching career paths.
Networking skills are among the most valuable skills you can cultivate when it comes to your career. It can begin with people you know, such as co-workers, friends and even family members. Manpower’s POWERYOU offers a “Building Your Professional Network” course that offers step-by-step knowledge and tips on how to build and maintain your network. As a Manpower client or associate, you’ll receive free access to this course and over 4500 more development and training courses via PowerYou. To learn more about PowerYou, visit poweryou.manpowergroup.com.