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There are so many benefits with networking it is little wonder that it has become the most highly used tool in Executive and Management job hunting.
Advantages are as follows:
You can be afforded an opportunity not yet advertised therefore reducing the competition significantly.
A job may be specifically created for you based on an employer’s requirement.
You are in the enviable position of focussing attention on the qualities and strengths you possess.
Networking provides social contact and stimulation.
Rather than having to make a cold call or attend an interview with people who are unknown to you, you will have a referral that will make the process easier.
Openings are created for you to be opportunistic and flexible. You must actively listen to the communication that is going on around you.
Networking is a two way process that can enable you to help others.
Networking is a proactive job search method.
Networking puts you in control, setting your own pace and course. It is less stressful than sifting through tons of advertisements and is far more productive over time.
Unfortunately as in all aspects of life, networking has its disadvantages too.
Disadvantages are as follows:
While networking is a very effective technique one must always be aware of the possibility of indiscretion. Choose your contacts wisely and ensure that you maintain confidentiality at all times.
Networking can be a waiting game where you have to wait it out patiently for the right opportunity or the right contact to come available.
To weigh it up you can clearly see that the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. Put your thoughts together and develop a networking contact list and begin this proactive process and take control of your job search.