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Two simple actions to keep the power of your network alive

career networking research Jul 01, 2019

If you’re like most people you start to think about your network when you need to go to the job market.

Why wouldn’t you? Around 50% of jobs are filled through or with the help of networks.

So why do you then forget about it?

For most people, they then forget about their network until the next time they need to go to the job market.

This is understandable, but also a bit of a mistake when it’s so easy to keep in touch, especially on platforms such as LinkedIn.

Keeping in touch with people, nurturing your network, has so many benefits. It helps you plan and set up future career steps, keep up to date with what’s happening in the market place, contribute to discussions, help other people, and much more.

Actions

One of the biggest objections is that it will take up too much time and effort, but it doesn’t have to. Just do a little bit every week.

When you have a spare couple of minutes (for example while the kettle’s boiling, when you’re on the...

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Networking - Just Do It.

 

You’ve almost certainly heard people talking about networking. You may have these or other reactions: 

  • I’ve heard of it but I don’t really know what it means
  • I’m terrified of it / it feels totally alien to me / it feels uncomfortable
  • I already do it, love it and find it useful and fun

 Wherever you are now, you need to know that networking plays a huge part in the job market, careers and business. If you’re not doing it then you’re missing out on a lot of opportunity, and a lot of interesting and enjoyable interactions.

Why is it so useful? It can help you perform better in your current role; it can help you to line up your next career step; it can help you to raise your profile and build reputation; it can help you research job or career moves and refine your CV; it can connect you with hiring managers; …and much more.

Biggest objection

A lot of people I work with have the same reaction I had when I first came across...

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