Networking. One of our most dreaded processes in today’s world. Many of us can’t stand the sight of networking events, but why is networking difficult for so many? According to dictionary.com, the meaning of network is “an association of individuals having a common interest; formed to provide mutual assistance and helpful information.” People tend to believe face to face networking is only important for getting a job, or achieving something individually. Unfortunately, that is not how face to face networking works. It is never about using people to get to a specific goal you want, it is about building relationships.
At my internship, I realized the importance of networking. I went to lunch with one of my co-workers due to my interest in his career path; but, the main reason was his awesome personality. It had nothing to do with his previous success. According to Business Insider, face to face networking is important, due to the power of personally connecting and human interaction. Why spend 4-5 months getting learning about someone via online, when you can meet them in person and get to know then in 15 minutes?
Again it had NOTHING to do with what he was achieved in the past, but it had everything to do with who he is as a person. At the end of our conversation, he mentioned how he could connect me with people from organizations I am interested in. To be completely honest, I didn’t expect it all – not one bit.
If you want to network with people, you need to build relationships. If you want to have a job at an organization you are interested in, you need to build relationships. Once you are able to build those relationships, keep in touch and keep up with your network. You’ll be very surprised.