For anyone looking to have a successful career, regardless of what career it is, it’s important to form a strong network. Now, when I mean network, many things come to mind. Well, my uncle is in my network, the guy at the corner store is in my network, my lazy brother who doesn’t get off the couch is in my network.
That’s a network right? Well, yes, but that’s not who I am referring to. The type of network I want to address is the one that you can count on when you have a question, concern, need advice or feedback.
What Is A Network
The people that can comprise your network can vary. In some cases, your family is a great part of your network. They know people that can connect you to the right places or have the experiences in life that you have yet to experience. Other sources that can comprise your professional network are friends, employers, co-workers and mentors. Since we’ve created this site, I have grown the network of people I know to include people I have never met face-to-face. For example, Nate Whitehill, Matt Coddington, Jeff Kee, Gary Lee, John Chow, and Dan and Jennifer have all been sources for me to throw ideas off of, hear ideas from, and in times of stress, I know I can contact them and get a pretty good response as to what their feelings are on the given situation.
When Can A Network Help
Job search. People know people and opportunities.
Career change. Input from people with experience.
Guidance. Mentors can help you develop professionally ( so can Career Ramblings)
Times of Stress. When faced with controversy, your network can help.
Affirmation. When you are just looking for that one person to tell you, “you’re on the right path.”
Building Your Network
Build your network early.
Not everyone can easily network, it takes practice and patience.
Put your best foot forward.
When networking, project self-confidence and stay focused.
Keep conversations positive.
Remember names and interests.
Having a network can help package you in the best way when searching for a career. This network can give you helpful information as to where to look for positions, the positives and negatives about a particular field, professional advice, show you how to write a resume (although I think we have that covered) and simply provide you with any help you may need. I hope you consider as part of your network since we are here to help.
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