You Can Get Leads On Open Positions.
One of the reasons why people network is so that they can land a job. There is an advantage to an introduction being made on your behalf by someone with a lot of credibility. You are associated with that person. Depending on a hiring manager’s past history with the person, you could be a shoo-in to getting the job. Often though, your contact’s position doesn’t give you an advantage in landing a role. Still, they will make you aware of roles that are not advertised publicly.
You Can Learn About A Career.
Before you commit to a position, get information on that position from someone in your network who has held a similar role. They can tell you about the day-to-day, what the job will require, as well as opportunities for advancement. All of this, will also better prepare you for any possible interviews.
Get Advice About A Project.
Assuming that you’re already in a role, your network will also be a valuable asset in getting results at work. Your connections might have experiences with similar projects to what you’re working on. Think of your network as a resource to make you a better professional. At the same time, you might be that resource for some people. That is the beauty of a mutually beneficial professional relationship.
Learn About Clients’ Preferences.
If you work in the same field as other members of your network, you might share some clients. Or you might have clients with similar needs and hearing about other people’s experiences will give you an idea of what direction to go in.
Insight Into New Trends.
By maintaining connections with multiple people in the same industry, you have an idea of what trends are popular in the industry. This allows you to predict what direction client’s preferences might be leaning in, and also allow your creative efforts to be more targeted.
Learn Best Practices.
Things will work in your role for your company, but may not necessarily produce the best possible output. If you’re in a network of people with similar roles, you can learn tips and tricks that work for different tasks. These may not necessarily be common knowledge, and the people in your network may have accidentally stumbled on them through experience.
Now you know the importance of building a network. Learn how to actually build it here.