The Importance of Networking
The importance of “networking” cannot be understated. Simply reading job postings is not an effective way to find employment in the current economy. The need for networking is the main reason why the WISE Career Pathways (and Hard Hatted Women Ohio) exist.
What is Networking?
Networking is similar to staying in touch with your friends on Facebook. To help you in your job or career, networking is simply meeting and forming contacts with other people in your field of business or interest.
<h3><strong>How to Build a Network</strong></h3>
People need to have a good relationship with you in order to be willing to give you a positive reference. And the more positive relationships you develop, the more likely someone is to recommend you when they hear about a job opportunity. In some ways, creating a network helps ensure your name will be “in the right place at the right time” when a job opens up.
In regards to networking and job references, what you really want is someone who will take the time to say “Let me tell you about Jane, and why I couldn’t run my business without her…” You want someone who provides sincere testimony about why you were a priceless part of their team.
Good reference sources might include:
- Past or current supervisors
- Classmates or teachers
- Family and friends
- Volunteer workers
Things that you want your references to say about you would include things like:
- Good work ethic
- Team player
- Excellent work
- She is my best employee.
- I want to hire her.
- I want to work with her.
Important Points about Networking
Always ask others what they need and help or send the help when you can. Tell them what you need and ask them to let you know if they find the job or support you seek.
- Don’t hesitate to help others when you can
- You can’t wait until you need help to start building a network
- Look at every interaction as an opportunity to network