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By Helen Hawkes
Helen Hawkes writes on business, career and wellness issues for leading global magazines and digital sites. She is also a UNIFAM-qualified counsellor, life and health coach.
We all need confidantes who cheer us on, or provide a listening ear when times are tough.
Networking can be an important key to opening yourself up to opportunities in your job.
According to Janine Garner, a Fortune 500 mentor and keynote speaker: “Individual talent, previous performance successes, educational achievement or even good old self-reliance is no longer enough to survive in the fast-moving business landscape in which continued relevance, agility and innovative thinking are key.”
Ideally, a support network should be diverse but select networks, made up of high-quality relationships with people who come from several different spheres and from up and down the corporate hierarchy.1
Garner calls these your promoters – those who champion you and provide you with inspiration; and your pit crew – those who keep you on track and nurture you. Ideally this includes your family, as well as your friends.
Then there’s your personal, non-work, support network – your doctor, accountant, lawyer, financial adviser and so on. Good relationships with these people can be important throughout your life and your career.
Once you have identified your promoters and pit crew, the next question to ask yourself is who you need in your network to do the job you do today, says leadership and people management specialist Kate Gately, author of The People Manager’s Toolkit.
“Who are your key stakeholders and who do you need to have relationships with?” she says. This could include colleagues, clients and customers. “These key people can influence our daily outcomes,” says Gately.
Now it’s time to think about who you need to be connected with, so you are visible in your company.
“Who needs to look at you and see a future leader? These are people in more senior roles you might want to have a relationship with, and they could be key influencers or decision makers,” says Gately.
“If they respect you, they are more likely to think of you in a moment when an opportunity or a challenge arises. They also increase your chance of being rewarded and recognised.”
Many people feel shy about connecting to people they don’t know, especially if they are in a senior position. However, asking advice may make a good impression.
Outside of your company, identify who in your industry needs to know who you are and have a positive view of your potential, and connect with them by asking for a small amount of their time.
Social media can assist you in building your network, particularly in mapping your personal network to find an important connection, or a job.
Try these 10 career-boosting social media tips.
Says Garner: “It was Richard Branson who said, ‘Nobody can be successful alone’ and in our fast-moving business world a network that works is critical to fast-track personal and business success.”
While building your network is important, though, it goes hand-in-hand with other steps in achieving the career of your dreams.
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1. Harvard Business Review. ‘Managing Yourself: A Smarter Way to Network.’ Accessed 1 September 2019.
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