Having a well-established network has become an important part of our lives. The easiest way to expand your network is to build on the relationships with people you know; family, friends, classmates, colleagues and acquaintance’s. Actually, we are all expanding our networks daily. Think about it, who would you ask if you needed and electrician, a plumber, a dry-waller, a painter or landscaper? You would likely ask a family member, friend or close colleague if they know anyone they would recommend or maybe you would go to Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau. These are all ways of networking.
Today networking has become an essential aspect of your job search. Even if you are well established in your job and have no plans of moving or advancing your career soon, networking has proven to be a valuable tool. Today, studies have shown that up to 80% of jobs are never advertised – they are filled by word of mouth. So it’s who you know and who knows you that matters. You must develop relationships and connections within your network to have more opportunities to advance your career. Attending meetings and social events hosted by your professional association is a great way to connect with people in your field.
We all have thing were passionate about and special skills and interests. Volunteering is another great way to meet people and broaden your network. There are always ways to make connections with individuals in your professional organization and it could prove to be a great resource for advancing your career. The link below will take you to the committees available through the AAMD: