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The Importance of Networking

The importance of networking is important in any field, and the principles provided here could apply to any profession.

In short, networking opens doors and creates opportunities that may not be available without actively networking. Employers often hire a known person, or a candidate who is known by his or her colleague. Advancement is sometimes reserved for those who are within a network. Right or wrong, the most qualified candidate is not always hired. Of coarse, networking does provide you with additional resources and knowledge.

Sometimes you run into an engineering problem that you have no experience in dealing with. The larger the network, the greater the data bank of knowledge you have access to.

How to build your network? Some people rub elbows on the golf course. Professional societies can provide a vast network if you are active in it. Keep in touch with former employers and past co-workers. Build a good relationship with your employer's clients. If you have an engineering problem, or even if you don't, call the most social engineer you know (or don't know) and ask about a specific topic. People would much... much... much rather help you than to listen to how much you know. If he can't provide an answer, he will surely provide you with a name and number of someone who can. You have just added 2 valuable people to your network.


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