So much of life isn’t what you know but who you know.
This week do a little professional networking.
- If you work for a company or organization that you want to continue working for, spend time with a colleague from a different department.
- If you work virtually, invite someone to a brown bag lunch or coffee break, then either Skype or chat on the phone.
- If you want a promotion consider setting up this time with a manager – even if it’s not in the department you want to advance in. Managers talk to each other.
- If you’re up for a challenge, invite one of your chronically cranky co-workers that you need to interact with. Sometimes a change of scenery will help you find something in common besides work.
- Networking with colleagues can make it easier for you to do your current job – people like to help people they actually know.
- If you want to change the organization you work for, then schedule a lunch or phone chat with people you know from the industry you are interested working in or at a company you’d like to hire you.
- Your networking may give you an opportunity to help someone else too.
Companies and jobs change all of the time. We never know when we’ll want or need to explore other professional options. If you can, try to do at least one professional networking activity a month. Sometimes you may even discover you like where you are better than you originally thought.