In this unit, you will learn more about the art of networking and its use. Networking is a practice of connecting with new people, in this context in order to gain new work-related information, insights, and opportunities. Building the network is a continuous process that starts already in the family. Learn more about why networking matters, how it can help you during your job search, and how to approach people in order to network more efficiently. The unit is complemented with a list of online resources that could help you to learn more about the topic.
Why networking matters?
A LinkedIn study found that 80% of professionals consider networking important for their career success. One of the main reasons for this is the different opportunities that you discover through networking, which you would have otherwise never seen or thought of before. Experts agree that the most connected people are often the most successful.
When you invest in your relationships – professional and personal – it can pay you back throughout the course of your career. Networking isn’t merely the exchange of information with others — and it’s certainly not about begging for favors. Networking is about establishing and building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with the people you meet.