Network, network, network. Everyone tells you to do it; few tell you how or why it is important. Yet, getting networking right is the career skill you need to succeed in good or trying times. And networking only when you need a job? Fail.
So what insights can be gained from successful networking people?
Fortunately, UpMo, in conjunction with Pepperdine, did a serious networking study that looked at how networking can help career advancement.
Some of the expected results:
More important to Cubicle Warriors, the study revealed how effective networkers do the work of networking:
The study’s conclusions are available in a 29-page .pdf file report and can be downloaded with your e-mail address as a prerequisite. It is well worth reading as the results can point you in the right direction for building your networking practice.
Networking takes thought, consistency and practice. If you don’t have your approach to this job skill down cold and continuously improve it (and I don’t…), use this study as a first step to understanding networking’s importance and how much time and effort high earning career professionals use to build and maintain their networks.