Nine Reasons Why You Should Network
By Melanie Joy Douglas, Monster.ca
- Six degrees of separation. Anything is possible. Everyone wants to meet someone. As a general rule, there are never more than six people between you and the person you want to talk to. Networking is a way to access otherwise inaccessible people.
- Get a job. Networking is the number one way to get a job. 60-80% of jobs are found through some form of networking. A personal connection to a hiring manager is the best way to get your resume on the top of the pile. Think about ten of your employed friends. How many of them got their job through a form of networking? How many of them used the traditional application process? Enough said.
- Develop your current career. Broaden your professional horizons. Networking keeps you sharp, current, and in touch with your industry. Your career should never be stagnant.
- Obtain referrals or sales leads. Even if you plan on staying in a given job indefinitely – why not make your business the best and the busiest?
- Explore new career options. Before making a leap into another career, what better way than to talk to people who know.
- Low risk of false pretences. When you’re talking to a friend of a friend, it’s unlikely that the friend’s friend is going to lead you on or tell you half-truths. You can more or less expect to get the full story. If you’re talking about a job opportunity – you’ll hear about the hours, the boss, and the coworkers.
It’s all very simple…
- A good network is really just a circle of friends. It’s a two-way street of helpful relationships.
- Remember three things: in every social situation you’re in, make sure people leave knowing who you are, what service/skills you provide, and how to get a hold of you.
- Karmic payoff. You help others, others will help you. Everyone likes people who are helpful – so good things will likely come toward those people.