Effects of Networking on Career Success

Students and new professionals are always told to network, but what does that even mean? And, how do you do it? According to Wolf and Moser, networking is defined as meeting individuals, building relationships with these individuals, and maintaining relationships with these individuals in order to help both parties (you and the individuals) gain work-related advantages. Networking has been linked to higher success rates and growth in the workforce. For example, an individual who networks and knows more people in their career may enjoy work more, feel better about himself/herself, and perform better. This can lead to increased success rates and professional growth. It is used to build contacts that can later help with getting a desired job or a promotion. Networking also helps increase career satisfaction. This means that networking helps you feel better about your job, which may help you perform better. The increased career satisfaction and work performance may be linked to salary increases. Indeed, research has shown that those that network have a greater chance of increasing the money they make at their job over time. Who knew networking could be linked to all of these career advantages?! Edited by: Dr. Mikki Sherwood Other Career Skillet Articles on Networking: Successfully Using Online Networking Sup Doc? Approaching Professionals at Conferences the Right Way Tips on How to Network from Berkeley Additional Reference: How to Network: 12 Tips for Shy People – CIO

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