It has often been said; “that it’s not what you know but who you know” and this is very true of the job market. Employment isn’t always gained through hard work, talent, qualifications or experience but sometimes simply through word of mouth and this is why networking is so important.
What is Networking?
Networking involves developing and using contacts to create a productive relationship, which involves the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions. For example, a babysitter may ask her clients for names of other parents who may be interested in her services. Networking can help you gain employment or improve on the employment you already have.
There are many ways that you can network with others, including:
- Social Media Groups on Facebook, Linked In or Twitter
- Online employment forums
- Cold calling
- Student organisations (e.g. through school or university)
- Community involvement (e.g. local groups or clubs)