Why Networking is the Most Important Thing You Can Do

networking Oct 21, 2019

Networking is quite literally one of the most important things that you can do for your career. No matter how good you are at something, or how passionate you can be about a cause...if no one else hears about, they won't know! You might have noticed how often other people get new opportunities when they don't seem super qualified for them. Maybe you've even thought "ugh, I could have done that job."

Sure, that can be a bit frustrating to feel overlooked. But the overlooking is quite simply just because someone else was more confidently vocal about both their needs and also what they have to offer.

It's a common misconception that networking is a yucky thing. Some people network in selfish and gross ways, just the same way that they do anything! But most people who are good at networking are being straightforward and honest about their skills and dreams, which is always going to come across in a good way. You just have to be confident and clear about what your own talents and ambitions are to make sure that you can have those authentic conversations when the opportunities arise!

Another thing to keep in mind is that this is not a one sided thing. If you walk into a meeting or an audition trying to sell yourself it can come off as needy. Keep in mind that there levels of people trying to fill a role and hoping that you are the right fit! They're not there to torture you. They're also feeling the heat from their own bosses and looking for someone to come in and make the process easier for them!

Whether you're currently out looking a new job or not, keeping up the networking is the best way to have people around when you do need something or want to make an announcement. Start building up your connections now!

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