What Are the Real Benefits of Networking?

“Networking teaches you about current hot issues in the market place – and demonstrates that you are willing to be accountable for your own professional development!  Don’t wait for a mentor to come along and save you – find a mentor at one of your next networking events! Says Sharon Tsao, CMO, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.

Networking. Everyone knows that need to do it, but most people dislike the process. Yes, it is daunting to walk into a room full of strangers and strike up conversations, but networking is crucial for career success. As a recent college graduate, you may wonder if networking holds value in the digital age. The truth is, it does. Here are some of the most important benefits of networking you should know before you put off attending professional events.

Networking Builds Relationships

Contrary to the way most people approach networking, it isn’t about what other people can do for you. It’s about building mutually-beneficial relationships that help both parties move towards their goals. Nurturing your network allows you to build trust with contacts and lays the foundation for a reciprocal relationship. The more you give to your network, the more you’ll get back in return.

Networking Exposes You To New Ideas

The company you work for has its own set of philosophies and priorities, and these inform your own knowledge base and the way you think about your industry. Networking with professionals in your field outside your organization exposes you to new ideas that can enhance your ability to do your job well.  Sharing your own ideas also helps build your reputation as someone who thinks innovatively about your industry.

Networking Raises Your Profile

If you want to be known as a mover and a shaker in your field, the only way to do that is to network. Attending professional events on a regular basis ensures that other movers and shakers know who you are. Don’t just join professional organizations, get involved in committees to establish relationships with influencers and start building your own professional profile.

“As the digital marketing lead, I am learning everyday through strategic interaction with the EVP team at CSS; this is supplemented with attending Professional development courses from local area networks that are talking directly to marketing and engagement!  Jonah Berger was the last speaker that influenced me on his topic of contagious! Check him out” Says Marybel Discala, Digital Marketing Leader, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.

Networking Opens Doors

In business, it’s often who you know that opens doors. A recommendation or reference from an influencer can go a long way towards landing a great job. Active networking ensures that other professionals will let you know when new opportunities arise, and gives you a wider pool of references to choose from if you need to name drop.

Networking Provides Support

Just as your friends support you in your personal life, your networking contacts can be a strong source of support in your professional life. Members of your network with whom you build strong relationships can be a great source of career advice. Just remember that if you want to receive support from contacts, you must also be a strong source of support for them, as well.

Work With A Professional Recruiter

Networking is critical for long-term career success, but it does take time. As a recent college graduate, you don’t have years to build a network – you need a job now. If you’re just starting out, contact the recruiting team at Contemporary Staffing Solutions today. We are committed to the success of our talent network, and we can help connect you with a position that will help you get started on the path to success.