According to research there is not a strong casual connection between job performance and career outcomes. Instead what is most important is the relationships we build throughout our careers over time which is known as networking.
Here are some ways to improve your networking skills:
• Don’t think of it as networking. Instead of using the term networking, envision people you meet throughout your career as like-minded people with the same agenda and always being willing to help others reach various goals and/or improve careers.
• Do come up with a strong “headline” for yourself. When you communicate with people, whether in person or online, open with a memorable headline that reflects your expertise or what you want to be known for. It’s important to make it easy for someone to recall why you’re relevant to their future outreach.
• Don’t try to make new friends. Remember, your goal is to improve networking skills, not to make new friends. Follow and interact with your network buddies on social media or add them to your email updates. You don’t need to be friends with people in your network to have a good connection.
Regardless of your field or where you are in your career, success is largely determined by your relationships inside and outside the office. Building and maintaining a strong network is key to a successful career. Remember, these various ways to improve your networking skills and you will overcome networking obstacles.