Networking is about connecting to different people through your friends, family, acquaintances and business associates to keep the line of opportunities open for you. It’s not about promoting yourself. It’s about connecting with the right people when you need them, hence the importance of networking.
Here are a few reasons why networking is important:
For Your Personal Life
Your kid needs to get into a decent school. You need a good referral for an appointment with a renowned doctor. And the list can go on.
Networking is collecting friends who can help you in your time of need. So don’t hold back. Always manage to know someone new regularly. You never know who might be able to help you in which way.
For Your Career
This is easy. Of course you need people to refer you to good job postings, recommend you for high-paying jobs, increase your credibility and so on.
When you meet someone new, always try to get their business card because it’s not about who knows you, it’s always about whom you know.
For Your Work
Your work is different from your career, unless of course you are self-employed. If you don’t own your own business, networking with the right people can mean switching to better jobs, scouting for good business relationships to promote your work and so on.
I believe I’ve covered most of the reasons why networking should be an important aspect of your life. I would love to hear about your point of view, so drop me a line right here and I’ll publish what you have to say too.
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