Building a professional network opens doors to a world of opportunities including job offers and meeting invaluable mentors.
Knowing a lot of people is one thing but building strong relationships is another. One of the most detrimental things you could do to your career is to underestimate the power of having solid relationships.
Even if you are not looking for a new job, building your network can dramatically promote healthy career growth. Keep reading to learn why and how you should do this.
Be put first for new jobs.
It goes without saying that you need to tailor your resume and cover letter. Then, if you make it to the next stage, you must prepare for your interview and make a good first impression. Another way to stand out before even applying to the job is to have connections in your professional network.
Recruiters are always on the lookout for standout candidates to fill roles. Many will ask their network if they know someone fitting for the job. If that someone was you, there’s a high chance the recruiter will contact you before looking at anyone else.
Meet your next mentor.
Mentors provide insights, advice, and they’re great to bounce ideas off of. If you ever need someone to help you prepare for interviews or look over your resume, a mentor is the perfect go-to person.
The difference between a mentor and someone else is that they’re more likely to actually care about you and give you their genuine attention. The advice they give you is influenced by what they know about you and isn’t what they would tell just anyone.
Increase exposure to industry insights and current affairs.
Industry newsletters aren’t the only way to learn about what’s happening in your industry. As people in your network progress through their careers and take on new projects, you can get a glimpse into what’s happening around you.
The best way to stay up to date is to make the most of LinkedIn. On LinkedIn, you can see what your connections, and your connection’s connections, are up to. You can learn more about how to use LinkedIn here.
Help others with their careers.
A relationship should never be a one-way street. Your own insights and experience could be helpful to someone else for their own career. Being helpful to someone who helps you is a great way to develop long lasting and strong relationships. Not only is it a way to show you appreciate someone else, but it’s also incredibly fulfilling to help others reach their full potential.