Business: Why networking is important
February 8, 2021 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
From the Advisor:
Networking. You probably hear this word more often than you’d like when it comes to your job search and career development efforts. However, it does not have to be a daunting entity that looms over your recruiting process. In fact, if you break it down into the simple act of connecting and cultivating relationships with people, you’ll find it much more manageable and even enjoyable.
Networking is important for a number of reasons. First, it allows you the opportunity to learn from someone else. It could be about anything – the state of the industry they work in, the culture of the firm they’ve been at, the personal journey they’ve taken to get where they’re at. Having conversations with people allows you to get a better idea of what you’d be stepping into if you did something similar.
Second, it opens a door for you to hear from someone within the company what’s going on. What are the timelines they’re taking into consideration for hiring interns and/or full-time? What kind of attributes are they looking for in a competitive candidate? Take the guesswork out of it by hearing it straight from someone’s mouth.
Finally, it gives someone else the opportunity to get to know you. Don’t forget that networking is a two-way street! If someone says “yes” to your networking request, remember to talk a little bit about yourself too. Make sure you have your elevator pitch ready and explain why you’re interested in conversing with this person. If you connect well with someone, they can be your biggest advocate in the job search process!
Remember, networking is not a numbers game. If you treat it as such, it will come out in how you treat people. Always be sincere when you reach out and seek out answers to questions you’re genuinely interested in. It’s about quality over quantity.
So how do you do it? It’s the same as making friends. Ask questions and build upon your mutual interests. You can take these same principles into networking. It’s not immediately about what you can gain from people or how to appear the most impressive; it’s about the simple value of connecting.
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