4 Reasons Why Business Networking Is Important For Comeback
What is the big deal about networking when you are looking to make a comeback? Well, it actually is quite a big deal, and here are our top four reasons for the same.
Business Networking is something that can help you put yourself right back into the saddle. You might have been on a break for a few months, or even a few years, even then the right networking methods will help you find your direction again.
Unlocks opportunities – Networking reveals to you opportunities you never even thought existed. If you are looking to make a comeback after a gap, invest time in networking. This puts you in touch with people who might lead towards exactly what you are looking for. A great deal of networking based opportunities awaits you in the form of social media. So ensure that you invest sufficient time working on your online profiles, especially your LinkedIn profile.
Builds your confidence – If you’ve been out of touch with the world of work for a while, getting back might seem intimidating. Only at first. Networking helps you shed your inhibitions and gain confidence that while some things have changed, they haven’t changed enough for you to not be able to handle them. When you network, you meet people with similar stories. You receive and impart inspiration – the best part about networking.
Brings you up to speed – It is only obvious that because your priorities have been different for the past few months/ years, you feel like a fish out of water. Networking brings you up to speed with everything you need to know, to get back to work. Starting from which job opportunities you need to look out for, to what the professional wardrobe looks like these days.
Improves your communication skills – One of the most important things for you to be work-ready again, is honing your communication skills. If you’ve been isolated from the work space for a while, it is only natural that your skills may have slackened. Being able to articulate yourself, and communicate effectively is a quality which has a direct bearing on your confidence. It is also the quality which helps you make and maintain important contacts. Networking is a great way to work on yourself. You make contacts, and you also get to hone your communication skills.
It is important to remember that networking is a give and take process. When you seek help, make sure you express your gratitude sincerely. You should be able to communicate that you aren’t there to just receive, but also to contribute in whichever way you can. The value of networking cannot be stressed enough. Many of us have already benefitted from this immensely powerful tool (it is only as powerful as you make it).
What are some of your networking success stories? We always love hearing from you!