Discover the importance of maximising and supporting your network – not only as a business leader but also as an individual seeking new opportunities.
They say it’s not what you know but who you know, and, while situations are rarely that simple, there’s certainly some truth in the adage.
The past 18 months have shown us that there are no guarantees in life or work, so it’s always recommended to keep up with your contacts through the good and bad times.
It is important to remember that networking is a two-way street – in essence, what goes around comes around. Since launching Talentheads in a pandemic, I’ve been more adaptable to people’s circumstances and focussed on being there for people and the local community, offering free advice and supporting people individually.
My key to success is all about creating longer-term relationships that are about more than money; I do the right thing and the consequences for a solid business follow.
Working for myself, with businesses who share my values, means I can focus more on my family, because work does not feel like a chore. Thanks to much of my business coming through my contacts, I’ve been privy to that ‘insider information’ on fit – so I know we’re all on the same page.
Getting the inside track on potential leads is just one of the benefits to taking advantage of your existing network. I’ve experienced a lot throughout my working life but there are three key ways to utilise your network to boost your career, firstly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s not a sign of weakness, seeking recommendations and support from other industry leaders can provide you with incredibly valuable knowledge, and you’ll find that most people genuinely want to help.
Keep an eye out for opportunities for others too – it’s a great feeling when you can help someone in your network and what goes around comes back around! And finally, just be yourself with your network – people want to know you and will identify and engage with the real person, rather than a badge or a logo.