Establishing personal networks is one of the most important things you can do for your career. Do you know that person who seems to know everyone? That one person you regularly ask for help with your career advancement because they can connect you to all of these great people? That is someone who has built a strong, flourishing network. If you want to keep growing in your new job or identify opportunities for yourself, building and maintaining professional relationships is key. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to establish networks:
When you first start a new job, you probably have one or two people who can write a strong letter of recommendation for you. Or, maybe even give you some other form of professional support. What about the next step, though? As you begin your job search, you are going to need more of these people in your life. When it comes to an internal promotion at your company, however, the decision for advancement often goes to someone within the organization. If you don’t already have a great relationship with that person or they don’t know how good you are at your job, you likely aren’t going to get that promotion. It is not just about getting along with people, it is also important to show everyone why you deserve to be promoted.
When you meet new people or talk regularly with colleagues, you may learn that they are looking for a job or know of someone who is. You can help them out and take advantage of the opportunity yourself by networking with those people. If you establish relationships, this becomes much easier to do. For example, you might find out about an open position at another division within your company and suggest it to a colleague. Alternately, you might find out about an open position at a different company and know someone who would be a good fit for it.
If you feel that networking isn't going great for you, you can try various different solutions to change that. One is to use apps that are designed for networking with other people. These apps are specifically designed for making first contact with people who you might be able to help or that can help you. So, if you are having trouble getting your foot in the door then this could be exactly what you need.
When you meet new people or talk regularly with colleagues, you may learn that they are looking for career advice from someone they can trust. By networking with those people, you can establish yourself as someone they rely on for advice. If this becomes a regular thing, people will reach out to you for help. Eventually, it becomes another way that you can advance in your own career. Having many people reach out to you for advice throughout your career is a great boost.
Keep in mind that establishing relationships with the right people is important. But, it also means that you need to be well-connected. The key to networking isn't just grabbing coffee with someone one time and then seeing them again at a party three months later. If those meetings don't go anywhere or they lead nowhere, then that person probably won’t be of use to you in the future. Rather, it is important to build up a strong connection with people. This way they are actually willing to help you if you need something from them.
Building relationships is helpful when you are trying to find a mentor. Mentorship is one of the most effective ways for advancing your career. This is because your mentor can help guide you in the right direction and give you advice on how to navigate certain situations. They can also teach you things about your profession that no class or book could ever teach you.
It is important to note that establishing networks can be easier said than done. At the end of the day, people are going to be more inclined to help you if you have been a good friend or colleague. By being kind and helpful from the beginning, it will make it much easier for them to trust you. Thus, when it comes time for you to ask them for something in return it is more likely to happen.
Don’t ever think that just because you are new in your field or have less experience than others, you don’t deserve a promotion, speaking opportunity, etc. Follow these steps and work hard at networking with the right people. Then, you will be able to find the opportunities that you deserve.