Networking From Within: Connecting Inside Your Company

networkingNetworking has become an extremely important activity in the business world and the age-old of adage of “it’s not only what you know, it’s who you know” has never been more significant.

From corporate ladder climbers to senior candidates trying to forward their careers, networking has abundance of benefits that positively impact your career.

But with all the emphasis on online networking at place (like LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+), has the act of networking a little closer to home been overshadowed? If you currently hold an executive role, the internal world of your organisation presents ample opportunities for networking and connecting with other executives in your industry.

Go Beyond Your Job Role

Internal networking means reaching out to managers or work colleagues who you don’t ordinarily work with as part of your job function; it means stepping outside of your responsibilities and getting to know others who can bring value to your career and vice versa. Making these connections is also about building rapport and strengthening your relationships over the long term, as opposed to simply connecting with someone for short term gains.

Start With Leaders

The leaders and senior executives in your organisation are usually the ones who can offer the most wisdom and knowledge. If you are unacquainted with the leaders in your company, your manager may be the ideal person to ask. He or she will be able to introduce you to a range of leaders and executives you might otherwise not have access to (this is particularly the case in larger organisations) and can act as the mediator for initial introductions.

Choose the Right Connections

Networking outside of your job scope is important, but it’s also vital that you network with the right people. This doesn’t mean making time for one person and shunning another, but your networking strategies should revolve around connecting with people who are relevant to your goals and who can impact your career.

Do More to Gain More

Getting involved in committees away from your job responsibilities can also be advantageous when it comes to networking. You will not only develop your skill set and earn another credential to add to your executive resume, but you will also meet new people who can become valuable contacts.

Be Part of the Team

Demonstrating to others that you’re a team player and who is company oriented is also a great way to network, since networking from within is very much about integrating yourself into the culture of the organisation.

Simple gestures like congratulating others on their achievements, praising hard work or attending company lunches can go a long way. All of these can open up paths for new conversations and meetings. The more positive and enthusiastic about the company you are, the more others will want to network with you.

Looking for further great networking tips? Resumes Australia can work with you to manage your reputation and build your brand, both within your organisation and outside of it. Contact Us today to learn more about how we can help you network for success.

kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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