IT Recruitment – Top 7 Career Benefits from a Solid Network
Many IT roles are secured through industry connections. Whilst a strong network may not always produce the career opportunities you are looking for at a particular time, it will provide you with current industry information and a place to seek guidance.
An article by Heather Huhman highlights a few of the advantages of having a strong network:
1) Career and Work Guidance
In order to progress in any career we all need guidance. Building a great network of friends and contacts in your chosen industry provides you with a platform for reaching out and seeking guidance.
In recruitment it’s always a real advantage if you are recommended for interview, by a respected individual known in the industry. Through your network, not only do you hear about roles before the general population but at interview the interviewer is more likely to already believe in your abilities.
Even if you have no plans to change organisation, your network may give you some ideas on how to improve performance in your existing role, and you never know may come up with some information which changes your career plans.
With modern communication it is far simpler to reach out and seek support. Don’t forget though it is a 2 way street, and expect to also provide support at times too.
It’s impossible to further your career without looking to continually learn. A strong network provides a channel to understand and learn about new areas within an industry. For example, this could be through forum conversations on social platforms or from face to face seminars.
How do you know you are ready to take the next step in your career? Your network may provide you with job opportunities. Some of these opportunities may be a little out of your comfort zone, but your network may say otherwise….
Having hundreds of business cards or links to people in one of the social media sites doesn’t automatically mean you have a strong network. It takes time and effort to build relationships with people who make a difference. Normally the most successful people are backed and supported by a significant and therefore influential network of contacts.
Think of your network as building your own personal library of resources. Each person in your network will be able to provide their own unique insights and data. Use your network and be helpful in return.