You’re probably thinking: What are they talking about? Well we mean it when we say forget networking. We think it’s time to reframe the way we think, talk and act in social or professional event settings.
Networking has had a bad rep and that’s why we believe it’s time we call it relationship building.
It’s not about networking, it’s about building your relationships and your community or tribe.
We’ve talked a lot about building a tribe but now let’s talk about building relationships and the importance of building or leveraging relationships especially when it comes to a possible career change.
During a career change we tend to think we need to focus on revamping our CV or applying to as many jobs as possible but in actual fact we need to put all our energy and time in our relationships and reconnecting or building our community or tribe.
Well because most of the time the best jobs aren’t available publicly.
Here are some stats to back us up!
85% of jobs are found through networking - Payscale
It’s even more crucial if you’re shifting into an industry where you don’t have any prior experience in. Referrals, connections and relationships with those within our tribe or community are the fastest way for you to get an in!
But did you know that …
Networking or as we call it relationship building adds value to your life, not just because it will increase your chances of a new position or career, but because you’ll also gain new insights and become a better person. It’s essential not just for the short term effects it can have in your career but especially for the long term.
So let’s get focused on this part of our lives so we can be better equipped in times of change.
If you’re looking for a career change start working on relationship building and re-connecting with your community now. Building your relationships take time so what are you waiting for?
It can be a daunting task but trust us, it’s worth all the effort and you’ll thank us for it later.
At the same time let’s start changing our mindset about networking. It doesn’t have to be slimy, cheesy or boring. If you start looking at networking as relationship building and an opportunity to learn from a broad range of people it can actually be an enjoyable part of work and life.
We know it can be difficult to know how to exactly to leverage existing connections or build new connections when you’re in the midst of a career change. To help you with this we’ve put together this awesome FREE guide where we share 25 Key Strategies To Help You Build Or Leverage Your Network During A Career Change. And the best thing is we’ve even included a Networking Planning Template.