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How to Network / Importance of Networking

Networking is often touted as the key to long-term career success, though some may doubt whether that’s genuinely the case. In reality, whether you’re a newly-minted professional looking for entry-level contract work or a seasoned professional with decades of experience under your belt, networking is a boon for your career.

While most people focus on forming or maintaining connections with current and former colleagues and managers, branching out of your immediate circle is wise if you want to make your network as valuable as possible. Fortunately, with networking events, that’s far easier to do.

Here’s a look at the importance of networking, as well as how to find the right networking events for you.

Why Networking is Vital for Career Success

The Importance of Networking

As a professional, networking is critical for several reasons. First, those connections can help you access more job opportunities and secure referrals, making it easier to find your next career-boosting role.

Second, networking gives you access to a robust support system. Whether you need guidance about a career decision or assistance navigating an unexpected obstacle at work, you have people to turn to for advice.

Further, networking can boost your reputation. By also supporting the members of your network, you’re positioning yourself as a helpful professional who’s willing to share their expertise to assist others. In turn, it’s also a chance to establish yourself as a go-to resource, which can lead to additional growth opportunities.

How to Find the Right Networking Events

Finding the right networking events to attend can seem challenging, particularly since there are so many options available. If you aren’t sure where to begin, reach out to your current colleagues and existing network for recommendations. Often, people won’t recommend an event if it didn’t provide them with clear value. Plus, since your coworkers and network are usually in your field or a related niche, the odds are high that the recommendations will align with your arena.

Another excellent resource is professional organizations that focus on your field or industry. Many of these organizations host a variety of events, and some may even advertise events hosted by others that would provide their members with value.

Similarly, if you follow thought leaders that are relevant to your industry, they may discuss worthwhile networking events. Alumni organizations are another excellent resource, particularly if you want to broaden your connections to include professionals in allied but different fields.

Finally, spend time perusing options on online event sites. Many websites that focus on casual meetups can be excellent places to find more intimate events focused on specific areas of interest. Along with being a great way to meet other professionals in your local area, these can turn into learning opportunities if you find groups focused on a skill you’re trying to learn.

Ultimately, networking is valuable, and attending events can be an excellent way to expand your network. However, don’t overlook the benefits of adding a recruiter to your network, too, particularly if you have a job search on the horizon.

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