NETWORKING I – How To Do It And Why It’s Important For Your Career.

The best time to network is when you don’t need immediate results

So what is this networking that everyone keeps talking about? Why do I need it? How do I even go about meeting people? All these thoughts will be answered in the newsletter today. You are welcome!

Networking is used by students, graduates and professionals to expand their circle of acquaintances, build meaningful work relationships with, find out about internship/job opportunities and to increase their awareness of news/trends in their fields or in the greater world.

“[All highly successful people] treat life, business, and success… just like a nightclub.

There are always three ways in.

There’s the First Door, where 99% of people wait in line, hoping to get in.

There’s the Second Door, where billionaires and royalty slip through.

But then there is always, always… the Third Door. It’s the entrance where you have to jump out of line, run down the alley, climb over the dumpster, bang on the door a hundred times, crack open the window, and sneak through kitchen. But there’s always a way in.

Whether it’s how Bill Gates sold his first piece of software, or how Steven Spielberg became the youngest director at a major studio in Hollywood — they all took the Third Door.”

 

 — Alex Banayan

The Steps

It is pretty obvious why it is important to have a network of people who can contribute to your goals and who you can in turn help when the need arises. Not too long ago, LinkedIn launched a feature

According to Stutern,  42.19% of Nigerian graduates got their jobs through personal contacts, this is closely followed by the 18% who got theirs via social media and professional sites.

Networking is no different from making friends at a party or hitting people up on social media to know about them, it is important to understand that networking is centered around building meaningful relationships with people. People tend to focus on the side-benefits of networking such as job referrals, mock interviews and other transactional benefits; while this may work for some, remember that lots of other applicants like you are seeking this same favors and at the end of the day priority is given to those who have a personal relationship with them. The same way you check up on your friends, send them articles, newsletters and even memes is the same you have to check up on your professional network. Remember that they are human beings with same feelings and articulation like you!

“It’s not the grades you make; it is the hands you shake”

Building relationships is a long term investment, reaching out to professionals with genuine curiosity rather than a transactional agenda provides a much needed space to build a strong relationship.

The best time to network is when you don’t need immediate results

  • Attend career fairs, conferences, Informational meetups and career meetups.
  • Use LinkedIn a lot!
  • Use social media to your advantage.
  • Leverage the people you already know for introductions
  • Reach out to secondary school and university alumni

In the second part of this post, we will explicitly explain these effective methods listed so you can GROW your network and leverage existing networks to your career advantage.

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