When you breakdown the definition of Networking, you will find that the connotations all revolve around building and establishing relationships. You may also be surprised to find that you already put networking into practice with your everyday relationships, this can include family, friends and even work colleagues.

Networking itself allows you to meet and get to know people who can assist and potentially help you, and this is extremely helpful when you are thinking about how to move your career forward. When you nurture your industry relationships, you will find the top three benefits of networking to be:

  1. It raises your professional profile and broadens your access to opportunities

It is extremely important to continue to work on your professional profile and reputation as you aspire to progress your career. A way to do this is by networking, and remember that when you are with fellow industry experts, so you should focus on sharing rather than taking. When regarding any relationship, it is about trust and helping one another towards individual goals.

You can build on your relationship with your contacts by regularly helping your contacts, finding projects to work on collaboratively or by providing them with additional opportunities to expand their business or revenue.

  1. It builds your knowledge and confidence

With every contact that you make, you will feel more confident when approaching new people, as you are effectively stepping out of your comfort zone regularly. This will help you build invaluable social skills that will take your career further.

  1. It helps you gain a different perspective and get career support

When you are constantly doing the same tasks on a daily basis, it is very easy to become repetitive in your professional realm. However, by making that step to talk to other specialists within your industry, you are opening up your world and will become able to gain an insight that can only come from viewing a situation with fresh eyes. You can even develop your career by utilising the advice that other professionals have given you, and this can advance your career as you continue to develop your knowledge and expertise.

The benefits for your career are endless when you start to network, not only professionally, but also personally, as you expand your skills and develop long-lasting personal relationships.

How can I build up my network?

Starting to build up a network of any kind can seem daunting, however, it is important to note that it is in fact easier than it has ever been with useful tools such as: LinkedIn and Google at your disposal.

Remember, to utilise Face to Face interactions as much as possible as this is the still the best and most effective method of creating and establishing relationships with other professionals.

You can find out more tips and further benefits of networking and how that will benefit you career by clicking here.

“Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” Michele Jennae

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