Networking: Building Internal Relationships
Networking is unavoidable in modern society. Many people focus on external networking, but the networking process must be used with the company in order to be truly effective.
By following the information outlined in this publication, you will be able to network effectively and reap the rewards that come with making connections within the organization.
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It is easy to overlook the need to make connections within your own organization. The benefits of networking at work, however, are valuable to any career. These benefits include the shared knowledge and increased opportunities. Networking within the organization will also improve your professional image.
Never underestimate the importance of making connections at work. The personal relationships that you create at work will grow your network in more ways than one. You are directly connected with your coworker, but you are also indirectly connected with the members of your coworker’s network. Every connection that you make increases your chances of being referred for new opportunities and greater responsibility.
Networking at work provides the ideal opportunity for shared knowledge. Knowledge sharing is a two-way street. When your connections share knowledge, you will learn how to avoid the mistakes they made and benefit from their experience. Additionally, the information that your connections provide will help inspire new ideas.
Sharing your own knowledge provides its own benefits. When you are able to share valuable information with contacts, you can develop your reputation and expertise. In turn, you can create opportunities for yourself.
Networking in the workplace helps increase opportunity. By having many people in your network, your reputation will quickly spread beyond your immediate peers. As your network develops, word of your skills and expertise will reach superiors and other departments. You will be viewed for your entire skill set rather than by your job description alone. Opportunities that may develop because of your connections include training, mentoring, lateral moves, and promotion.
Creating a network allows you to fine tune your professional image as you connect with others. You can share your successes with your network and conduct yourself in a way that people admire. This provides you with the perfect opportunity to improve your professional image among your peers and superiors. If you take advantage of all the opportunities that networking provides, your professional image will be everything that you want it to be. There are a few tips to improving your image:
· Be helpful
· Be professional
· Share knowledge