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The benefits of professional networking

The benefits of professional networking

Professional networking has many known benefits. Research suggests that higher status individuals have larger social networks, and seasoned professionals are most actively reaching out to their networks and pursuing new connections.

Yet many people shy away from it. A LinkedIn survey found that almost 80% of professionals consider networking essential to career success, although 40% admit it is challenging.

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The prevailing wisdom about how social networks are built suggests that people's networks are formed mainly by forces outside of their control, such as the neighbourhood they grew up in, schools they attended, or others' interest in networking with them.

Consider the value you bring to the relationship. The more value you bring, the more comfortable you feel about doing this type of work.

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