For me networking is good for professionals for their career
Networking is good for a better career
I often get queries from my young professional colleagues who feel that they can find a better job that will help them going up in their career with the help of networking. I agree, networking skills can help a lot and take you up in your career more so your qualification alone is not a guarantee of a better future.
I think the networking not about return favor alone but mutual help. You get tons of ideas from social and exclusive sites like LinkedIn, Facebook pages for this particular purpose and Twitter as well. There is no alternative of networking for a better career! Try to connect with as many like minded people in same job category as you can!
Opportunities on social sites
However, there are certain rules for online networking skills like being friendly helps but being over mixing type may not be considered good for a professional. I do not feel comfortable being to active in online forums or online social groups so I can say I missed a lot of good opportunities which I could have otherwise grabbed easily, no regrets though.
I look at activities of some of my friends who are over active on different social sites but I do not envy their skills of being so active or liking almost everything everywhere that comes on their way.
As far I am concerned I don’t think that it is necessary to attend everyone even if they have anything to do with our line of trade or interest just for the sake of being popular. I am dead against of wasting time on social media.
I often feel that I mishandled opportunities in the past but if I was asked to start all over again I would prefer to stay connected with people with similar interests. I have helped lots of people in different fields even if I had no self interest. I had to go out of my way but in most cases they never came back to say even a ‘thanks’ which hurts but I will not stop helping people in future too.
Job market and social sites
Job market is becoming competitive by the day and networking skills can help professionals in more than one way. However, people these days are going overboard even going out of their comfort zone keeping in touch with each and everyone whether they have anything in common or not is not the right idea.
The fact is, I considered myself as a volunteer which is a great way to help people especially the new in the professional world. I tried to share my professional experiences and give them a meaningful contribution.
You learn a lot attending workshops and seminars which help you enhance and polish your skills and knowledge in a particular field. But have you any idea that networking experience is also helps you gain a lot of knowledge.
I can always easily start a conversation with them for the work we were doing on a particular project or even help even if they were not in my team. And what is more it helped me gain a lot of experience by meeting new people not from my own field but from other fields too.
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