Professional networking for a successful Career Transition

Professional Networking

A network of contacts is made up of all the people you know, starting from the closest relatives to the most distant acquaintances, and networking is simply the process of extending your network, in other words meeting new people.

Your network of contacts will include:

your family and relatives (parents, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc.)

 friends and acquaintances (friends, friends of friends, neighbours, etc.)

work colleagues (people you have worked with or currently work with)

 teachers and professors of all the schools you have been to (from nursery to university, fellow students at school or university)

members of organisations you are or were part of (like sports, cultural and voluntary work associations, etc.)

professionals you use (e.g. your doctor, dentist, hairdresser, plumber, etc.).

Networking is a natural activity that we use on a daily basis in our lives in a spontaneous and intuitive manner. The times when you got someone to introduce you to a girl you liked or you asked someone to tell you about a good restaurant or you asked about a good doctor, were more or less knowingly networking activities. It is something you use every day, perhaps not in a systematic manner, but which, thanks to the information and the precious help of others, allows us to reach our objectives.

In the specific context of a job search and search for information networking allows you to:

increase your contacts in a geometric manner

meet and get to know various people who have a job you are interested in collect information on a company or profession

tell people about your research strategy

discover hidden job opportunities or create new ones.

There’s only one thing in life worse that being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

– Oscar Wilde

You can use your network of contacts in the usual spontaneous and improvised manner or move towards a networking activity that is informed and systematic that will allow you to focus your energy and resources to reach your objectives.

About the author
Cristina Gianotti
For more than fifteen years Cristina Gianotti has been working in Coaching - Career, Executive and Business Coaching – supporting managers, professionals and entrepreneurs that are interested in investing in themselves and their own professional development. She comes from a management consulting, management and entrepreneurial background. In 2016 she published her fisrt book "E' facile cambiare lavoro se sai come fare" (It is easy to change job if knowing how) with bookabook. In 2018 the second one "Connecting Dots: il networking questo sconosciuto" (Connetting dots: the unknow professional networking").

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