I can’t emphasize this enough. Working in the recruiting industry, networking is not a word or concept we view lightly. In fact, it’s a way of life. We live, breathe, wake to, and fall asleep to networking. You ask any recruiter or client delivery leader what the most important aspect of their job is and they’ll tell you it’s networking. Okay maybe for some, hitting their goals tops their list, but I assure you networking slides in as a close second. And I guarantee they would not hit their goals without spending a bulk of their time networking.
Most job seekers probably already know that networking should be a main force in their job searching strategy. Anyone who’s been around awhile – me being one of them – can look back at how they received their previous jobs and identify how much networking played a part. To be honest, I can only remember two jobs that can’t be attributed to networking.
Networking has a way of interweaving its web into your professional career. In fact, a good way of viewing networking is to picture it as a web. It’s a web of all the contacts you’ve made throughout your career. But it’s not just limited to your professional relationships – networking spans across all your relationships – personal and professional. In fact, many personal networks turn into professional ones. And isn’t that the point?