The advantages of networking
Why is networking important?
A professional network can support your career development and help you in your current role. It’s a great way to get a deeper understanding of the happenings within different departments in your company and within the industry as a whole, and it could even help you to secure new clients or get that dream job through word-of-mouth recommendations.
Networking within your own organisation makes you a better-known candidate when a promotion opportunity comes up, too. If recruiters can put a face to the name on the CV and already know your strengths from previous meetings, you’re starting your application on a strong footing.
Making professional contacts not only benefits you in your current role, it can help you when you’re next on the lookout to make a career move. Having contacts in the right places will ensure you have a heads-up about the latest openings, and a well-placed word could help to secure that interview.