If you are looking to jump up the career ladder you are going to need to get a solid network around you. Networking is one of the most essential skills that you need in order to make it to the top of your career. Right now ‘85% of all jobs are filled via networking’, which goes to show just how important having a good network is.
Here is some advice on how to make the right impressions with the people that matter the most.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you are not putting on a front when you are talking to people. Andrew Davis, CEO of Squeegy, said he wants to ‘work with and connect with people that are genuine and driven… I take time to learn who they are, their background and what common experiences we may have.’ It’s also good to note that every relationship has to be mutually beneficial, so be clear in what you can offer. Davies says ‘Nine times out of 10 you’ll get further if your bring value rather than simply asking for something.’
If someone has gone out of their way to help you or introduce to someone else, then take the time to drop them a note or make a phone call to thank them. People like to get recognised when they have helped others, and it will help you in solidifying your relationship, making them more inclined to help in the future.
Keep your promises
If you have said you are going to do something, then make sure you do it. You have to have trust in any business relationship, old or new, so you have to make sure you show that people can rely on your word. It will be massively beneficial to you as it will solidify your reputation and also make people respect you more.
Be a contributor
If you are trying to be a leading face in your industry you are going to need to do more than just your average 9-5. Matthew Goldman, CEO of Wallaby said you should ‘Write articles, write a great blog, attend and speak at conferences. Help organize meet-ups or be the person that volunteers to clean-up after an event. Put in the time to be a useful, helpful person in the community you are interested in and you will get noticed for your commitment. Successful people work hard and you can demonstrate that you work hard, as well.’