What is the Importance of Building a Professional Network?

Spinwell Global

Posted May 10, 2023

‘Networking’ is a prevalent practice in the professional sphere, known as the process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop different contacts. Without knowing, you probably network daily when you meet new people or socialise with friends! We understand that putting yourself out there can be daunting, but building a professional network can offer various benefits for your career – here’s a handful of our favourites.

A Platform to Share Your Ideas

For some, career success is attributed to the pool of information gained through life and experiences. It can be tough to grasp the depth of your understanding without speaking and listening to like-minded people, but this is exactly what your network can offer!

Your network will provide you with a platform to trade ideas and develop professionally as an individual. If you’re stuck on a problem for an extended period and all your research opportunities have been exhausted, your network is on hand to help. Whether it’s offering updated information or alternative ideas, your network can provide expert support and help you get that all-important breakthrough.

Access Your Future Career Opportunities

As you interact with your network, you will stand out for your unique capabilities and skills, which may lead to future career opportunities. According to HubSpot, 85% of jobs are filled through networking, so it’s vital if you’re on the job hunt to get out there! Opportunities can vary, from meeting potential clients to impressing like-minded people, so it’s important to utilise this avenue.

Your network can also help you better understand yourself and your career path. Perhaps there is an opportunity you weren’t aware of or a skill set you are not effectively utilising? Regular communication with your network can keep you updated with these opportunities and help you unlock your true potential!

It all sounds very exciting (and trust us, it is!), but it’s also important to not lose sight of your end goal. Ensure the opportunities presented are right for you and don’t forget to explore alternative vacancies before making any final decisions.

Develop Relationships

Of course, the primary purpose of professional networking is to develop and nurture professional relationships; however, think of all the friends you have made in different career roles throughout your life so far!

We’re not saying to treat your network like a dating site or a method to gain new friends,but some of the strongest and most long-standing relationships* and friendships develop from these professional settings. Your networking contacts are likely to be people with similar careers and goals to yourself, so it’s not unheard of that your professional network spills over into your personal life.

Enjoying your career and the role you are working in is essential, so surrounding yourself with these people shouldn’t be a corporate or tedious process. Achieving this balance of professionalism is crucial to ensuring you are enjoying your career.

A great tip is to begin networking in your workplace and utilise your co-workers’ contacts to build a larger network. If your current workplace isn’t cutting it, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at our current vacancies, or get in touch with our team of experts to find your perfect role.

*Please don’t use LinkedIn as a dating site – there are plenty of more appropriate platforms to search for the love of your life.

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