The Importance of Building a Network

June 21, 2019

 

Do you dread networking? Here’s why it’s time to change your perspective.

 

We get it — networking isn’t at the top of everyone’s to-do list. It can be time-consuming, downright awkward on occasion, and — depending on your personality — incredibly draining. When your calendar is already overcrowded with work appointments and family commitments, the last thing you want to do is make small talk with strangers at yet anothercocktail party.

 

However, there’s no denying the power a strong professional network can have over your career success. When it’s done well, networking will not only help you land a job faster, but it will give you a competitive edge throughout every stage of your career. Here’s why networking is important to your success, and what you can do to improve your networking skills throughout the course of your career development.

 

What is networking?

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