You hear so much about networking.
“It’s just faking relationships to get a job.”
“It’s all about making connections to get ahead.”
“It’s meeting as many people as possible so you have a wider net to cast in the future.”
Nobody ever seems to get it right. Networking IS essential to your career. It IS about making connections and relationships. But it’s so much more. It’s a two-way, mutually beneficial engagement. It’s about helping others as much as getting help.
I recently came across an article titled Networking For Career Development that I believe does a good job of summing up all that networking encompasses: