A recent study showed that people with strong career networking skills enjoy greater job satisfaction and make more money over the course of their working lives.
They also tend to land jobs faster.
Career Networking Case Study
Case in point: One of my job search clients landed a dream job last week. He made the connection to his new employer through a former co-worker at his last job.
How did this happen?
Well, one day we were on the phone, and he
was complaining about mentioned how much time it was taking him to fill out online job applications.
repeated gave him the numbers about the dubious likelihood of success via this route and suggested that he start networking.
My gosh, he did! And. It. Worked!
Simple Career Networking Techniques
The authors of the study offer several ways to build relationships with current or former co-workers and external contacts. They are:
- Use company events to make new contacts.
- Catch up with colleagues from other departments about what they’re doing.
- Ask colleagues for advice.
- Say yes to invitations to functions and festivities.
- Ask colleagues to give your regards to others.
- Exchange professional tips and hints with others.
Networking Conversation Starters
Wow, that’s a lot of conversation starters!
I did numbers 3, 5, and 6 yesterday without even realizing that I was networking.
#3: I talked with a friend about the best way to contact a decision-maker at LinkedIn.
#5: I asked the same friend to give my regards to her husband.
#6: I talked with a client about how to add his new job to his LinkedIn profile.
Networking can be that easy.
Have at it. Pick up the phone. Now!
Internal Networking & Career Satisfaction
By the way, the researchers found that internal networking had a bigger impact on career satisfaction than external networking.
Updated January 2019
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