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7 reasons why networking propels career success

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They say there are only six degrees of separation between every person out there. Here are our top reasons why networking is more important than ever, especially in today’s digital world.

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Gathering industry knowledge

Networking helps you get important information, trends, challenges and insights into the industry, keeping you up to date and enabling you to respond to changes more quickly.

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Sharing knowledge

In conversations with your contacts, you can share your experiences, learn from their mistakes and successes, and find out about new approaches and perspectives that help you improve your own ideas.

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Obtaining free career tips

Experienced contacts can give you tips about the next step you want to take in your career and at the same time intensify your mutual business relationship. With their long career history, it’s possible they were in the same situation at one point.

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Acting as a representative

The people you network with connect your name with the company you work for. This automatically makes you a representative of your company, helping to shape its image.

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Gaining added value for your Company

Good contacts can turn into new customers or partnerships for your company. Because people still prefer to do business with people they trust, with people from their own network.

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Improving your social skills

When you approach people you don’t know, you learn how to communicate efficiently. This knowledge helps you present ideas sensibly and convincingly inside and outside of your direct network.

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Meeting interesting people

Smart networking gives you the chance to get to know people you would not normally meet in your day-to-day life. You could meet someone with an interesting career history or someone who works in an exciting industry.