You’ve heard how important networking is for your career, and the truth really is, building and maintaining strong relationships is critical for your professional success.
But before you get excited about the number of followers you have on your social media sites, remember that “It’s the quality and not the quantity that counts”. In order to accumulate what researchers have dubbed the “social capital”, and get the most impact for your professional success, you need to build a diverse group of talented people.
So here’s a list of important people you need to know.
The finance guru
Your financial success can sometimes depend on the company you keep. A financially savvy friend who has clear financial goals and pursues them will encourage you to take care of your own financial well-being.
Maintaining relationships with people who thrive on socialising, makes it easier to connect to people who will help you in your career. Nowadays, it’s all about relationships; for each connection you have, you connect to their connection and their connections’ connections. The ripple effect is good for keeping relationships going when you need to reach out to someone.
Building a relationship with someone who inspires your career direction is important in shaping your career path. When choosing a mentor, it is important that you associate yourself with someone who will have a holistic impact on your life. A good mentor will offer a balance between cheering you on and calling you forward and making sure that you don’t settle.
Maintaining a relationship with someone who is always on top of your industry innovations will not only ensure that you are always kept abreast of the latest developments, but they’ll also motivate you to tackle new challenges. Entrepreneurs also have a knack for solving problems creatively which will be of help to you.
They say “success breeds success”. When we see someone we admire obtain success, we too believe we can obtain it. Your four former bosses or industry leaders are important in this case, especially in offering advice about those tough career questions. However, unlike mentors, leaders offer a purely professional point of view.
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