Career advancement is much about who you know as what you know—and that's exactly whynetworking is so important. This may sound cliché, but it is very true, in the job market “whom that you know or who knows you” is very important.
Networking can help you get your dream job, a life changingopportunity, score a promotion, and become close with the leaders in your industry or society.
Many eschew networking for a variety of reasons including lack of confidence, fear of rejection and a sense of unworthiness.
If the idea of approaching people you don't know intimidates you, begin your networking efforts by seeking out familiar faces, such as relatives and friends.
Most Introverts and inexperienced networkers often apologize when asking for an individual's help because they see networking as an imposition, not as an exercise in relationship building.
Apologizing during a breakout networking session merely demonstrates your lack of professionalism and confidence.
For example, My name is Samuel Kale, a Medical Student at the University of Ghana, a student leader and a passionate youth development advocate and you are?.....,it interest me to know what you love doing daily, then interjections of what you have in common follows but note, speak less and listen more.
One may ask, Why is networking important?
It's simple: knowing the right people can get you places that you might not reach otherwise.
Whiles in school build your social network. Your classmates, course mates, roommates, floor mates, hall mates should be an integral part of your social network. Join social clubs and connect with a number of young professionals. The University affords you the opportunity to network with a wide range of professionals; mind you these young professionals are the future business managers, physicians, world leaders etc.
Your social media presence is also important to your networking. The world has evolved and social media platforms are integral in networking.
Networking has long been recognized as a powerful tool for business people and professionals.
Knowing more people gives you greater access, facilitates the sharing of information, and makes it easier to influence others for the simple reason that influencing people you know is easier than influencing strangers.
In today’s world, social networks allow you to learn about other people you might never have known of otherwise. For example, LinkedIn, you can build awareness of your products or services, join groups of people with similar interests, search for job opportunities, or look for people who might be qualified to fill a position in your company.
Facebook enables you to find long-lost classmates or share with friends what you liked about a new film, what you have experienced on a journey, etc.
A research on power and influence shows that people who are well networked are three times more influential than people who aren’t. But their power is based on the social capital they have developed in building relationships with the people in their network—and you can’t build sufficient capital with people by merely being friends them on Facebook or accepting an invitation to connect on LinkedIn or at an event.
Network power depends on how strong your relationships are, on how much attention you command when you engage people in your network, and on how attractive you are as a member of other peoples’ networks.
If you are known as a source of deep expertise, for instance, and people can rely on you for expert solutions or creative ideas, you will be a more attractive network partner than someone who lacks that expertise.
If you know other powerful people and can access them whenever you need to, you will be a more attractive network partner.
Similarly, if you are in a position of authority in your organization and can make things happen, you will be a more valued network partner.
In addition, you will have more power in your network with the people you know best—with long-time classmates, close friends, and others with whom you have developed mutual trust and respect.
It may be possible to build those kinds of relationships with people you meet in the university, on social networks, events or in church. Build a relationship with them over time, have meaningful exchanges with them, disclose a lot about yourself and learn much about them, and build the kind of trustedrelationships that normally occur when you have worked with someone successfully over a period of time.
Networking can be a powerful tool. It can enhance your ability to get a job, to lead and influence other people—but only when the people in your network value being connected with you.
Finally, when you build a strong network, sustain it and keep the relationship solid.
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