Networking: Vital or Trivial for Your Career?
They say people aren't hired from the want ads, they're hired for who they know. Ever seen a company or recruiter offer referral bonuses for recommending a successful new hire? This is networking at work where the want ads fail. "It's not what you know, it's who you know," as the saying goes.
But what kind of career networking groups are best for a good job?
You may have your close friends, your softball team, classmates or church group. These might be helpful, but if they haven't helped yet, you may need to reevaluate. You should already expect that your close friends would tell you if they knew of a better job for you. Yet they and/or the other groups may not understand your industry or position. You could try to educate them and the depths of your industry and experience and hope they keep a lookout for your next job. Or you could choose to do business networking within your specific industry.
Most industries have networking associations full of people who can better understand you and your career interests. They have events for networking and often have student involvement or chapters as well. These may often cost a fee, but it is usually worth it due to the value these organizations provide. The professionals you meet in such organizations can be aids or mentors throughout your entire career.
If you want job advancement, the benefits of networking for your career at live events are quite fruitful and a worthwhile way to spend your time. It's who you know.
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POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)