Networking. Just seeing the word is enough to make your palms sweaty and your mouth dry. When someone brings up the idea, you begin looking for a way to escape. But networking is essential to advancing in your career.
Despite widespread hesitation toward networking, the benefit isn’t completely lost on professionals. In fact, 80 percent of the 15,905 employees surveyed in the 2017 LinkedIn Networking Your Way Into Your Next Job Opportunity report said they consider networking important to career success–and 70 percent said they actually got hired at a company where they’d made a personal connection.
When you don’t enjoy or aren’t great at networking, it can seem daunting and scary, but the reality is it can be as simple as chatting with an acquaintance. The trick to networking is to make it part of your daily routine.