To think of the strength of networking...many of us have spent any amount of time looking at LinkedIn, indeed or any number other job boards…your time is going to be better served turning your focus on the strength of networking. Taking the time to build your networks strength will pay-off 10, 20, 100 times more dividend than any job board surfing.
The larger your network, the more opportunities will come your way, the more ideas you’ll gain and of course, the larger more influential your network will become.
I truly feel, and have experienced how the strength of networking has a larger effect than education, marketing and anything else you do in your job search – it just opens doors that you may not even know exist. Networking is a path to success, but it also helps build long-term relationships.
Building a strong network has long been recognized as a very potent way for professionals to gain inside or industry knowledge and provides you a forum for you to display your subject expertise. The more colleagues you have in your network the greater access you have to inside information – and an inside track for who may be hiring or someone who knows of a company in need for your talents. When networking the sharing of information makes it easier to influence others for the simple reason that influencing people you know is easier than influencing strangers.
I spoke to a client recently and she had just retained an executive recruiter. She told me that this recruiter told her about how senior executives tended to get their jobs. Now this client was a CFO, so this story appealed to her and got her thinking.
She said that the recruiter gave her an amazing figure from a report he recently read. The report illustrated that only about 2% of high-level executives found their jobs from job boards. The report went on stating that 80% found the job from their network – to me this further illustrates building your networks strength pay’s off more than surfing Monster, indeed any other job board – the remaining jobs were found by either contingency or retained search firms.
Networking has been an essential business skill (that should be taught in business school more) for a long time and should never be neglected as communications become more digital. The basic principles of networking remain the same; it is about promoting social and professional associations to further a business or your career.
When you build a strong network, you are establishing and nurturing long-term, mutually beneficial associations with the people you meet, whether you are waiting to order your morning coffee, participating in an intramural sports league, or attending a work conference. The truth is, that you never know who that person next to on the plane is, or on line at a concert or in the park playing with their kids.
One of the secret powers of networking success is consistency. Showing up at one or two meetings will not yield immediate results. It is when you show up every week for months that you may start seeing people reach out to you. It is when you regularly contribute, and share knowledge – that is when you’ll standout and people will take notice and want to reach out to you.
If you want a word that is a synonym for power, that word is NETWORKING!
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