In today’s article we will introduce you to the concept of networking, let’s get to it.
We start by explaining what Networking is and how it works, Networking is an English word that indicates the ability to establish a network of contacts or a connection with something or someone.
This network of contacts is a support system where there is a sharing of services and information between individuals or groups that have a common interest.
This term is used more in the business context, the purpose of networking is to expand opportunities for professional success, but it should not be a unilateral action – to be effective, there must be reciprocity, that is, the benefit must be mutual on both sides. Thus, for good networking it is essential that in addition to seeking opportunities and benefits, it also demonstrates what it can offer to its contacts in a positive way.
Having a consolidated network of professionals with professionals in your work area or related areas is very important for you to be remembered when professional opportunities arise that require the skills you have. For example, when a company needs to hire someone, it often addresses its employees and asks if they know someone in their network who can perform a certain function.
That said, what is the importance of networking? Well, if you’re looking for a new job, networking can be a big help. The importance of a strong network is enormous. Maybe someone in your network knows about a job offer before it is announced or even knows the manager and can talk to you about the manager. With the job market so competitive, it never hurts to have someone who knows what’s going on; the more people you meet, the more likely you are to discover the information first.
But how can you make a good networking for yourself and your contacts? As stated above, good networking requires exchanges, because, when building your network of professional contacts, it is essential that in addition to seeking opportunities and benefits for you, also demonstrate what you can offer positive to your contacts.
For this, it is important to know your potential partners, competitors or employers, identify your needs and interests and understand how both can help each other.
But good networking is not just about getting new contacts, it’s also about knowing how to keep the contacts you’ve made in the past. In addition, quality is more important in networking than quantity of your contacts.
To finish, we will give you some tips to do your networking:
- Keep your social networks up to date with professional information.
- Participate in events and forums related to your desktop.
- Get back in touch with people you may have met at events.
- Show interest in the work of others.
- Promote your work on social networks.
- Do not speak negatively about other professionals or competitors.
At HUB Ativo you will have the chance to meet other professionals from different areas who are using our space and services. With our cowork service it is an excellent way to increase your range of contacts. You can contact us through our contacts page or come and visit our space and services, we are located in Portimão.