Why you need to network now

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Networking is often thought of as a (dreaded) job search action item.  However, thinking about networking in this manner will leave you at a disadvantage.  Networking is an action item necessary for your professional and personal growth.

Those who view networking as more than just a job search must, gain a competitive edge over those who turn to networking only when they are making a job/career change.  Glen Llopis puts it this way:

“The more you procrastinate, the more you will find yourself disconnected from the opportunities that may potentially advance your career or allow you to meet the right people.”

How and why does networking matter?  Here are five reasons why networking is essential and why connections matter:

  1. Research has shown that the larger the network, the larger the salary
  2. Networks beget jobs
  3. Networks bring opportunities that benefit and feed your career, professional development, and personal interests.
  4. Networks make people smarter
  5. Networks make people happy

Moreover, Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse and The Daily Muse, points out that:

Networks are powerful, and when done right leave you surrounded by a core of individuals who are all rooting for your success and happy to help you.”

One of the greatest networking tools for professionals is LinkedIn.  So before you begin, make sure you optimize your LinkedIn profile for success.

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