Why Networking is Important
Having a well-established network has become an important part of our lives. The easiest
way to expand your network is to build on the relationships with people you know; family,
friends, classmates, colleagues and acquaintance’s. Actually, we are all expanding our
networks daily. Think about it, who would you ask if you needed and electrician, a plumber,
a dry-waller, a painter or landscaper? You would likely ask a family member, friend or close
colleague if they know anyone they would recommend or maybe you would go to Angie’s
List or the Better Business Bureau. These are all ways of networking.
Today networking has become an essential aspect of your job search. Even if you are well
established in your job and have no plans of moving or advancing your career soon,
networking has proven to be a valuable tool. Today, studies have shown that up to 80% of
jobs are never advertised – they are filled by word of mouth. So it’s who you know and who
knows you that matters. You must develop relationships and connections within your
network to have more opportunities to advance your career. Attending meetings and
social events hosted by your professional association is a great way to connect with people
in your field.