The message here is very simple-do something for someone else in the hopes that the favor will someday be returned.
To boost your chance that our networking efforts will pay off,follow these effective steps:
Rule 1 List the relationships you have now.According to experts,there are essentially three main types of business relatinships that most people need:
Task based relationships with coworkers.
Advice relationships with people who receive advice from you or with people who provide advice to you.
Informal socializing relationships with anyone in the workplace with whom you have a comfortable,easy-going relationship.
Your goal should be to build enough relationships to guarantee a strong mix of all three.
Rule 2 Widen your network.While it is not helpful to “collect’ friends just for the fun of it,it certainly helps to have a wide network of substantial relationships with people possessing varying strengths and talents. Then when you do need help, your network will include someone ideally suited to offer the necessary assistance. You can never have too large a network.While it takes more time and effort to maintain a larger number of relationships,the effort usually pays off in times of need.
Rule 3; Build relationships for the long term. People who sense that you are befriending them only because you have a specific short-term need for their support will remember you as an opportunist when,down the road,you ask them to help you get a new job.Focus on cultivating long term relationships. To do this,you must always be prepared to give as much, or preferably more, than you take. Try to prove to the person that you are a valuable companion-that you represent a source of support and assistance whenever it is needed.Be prepared to give of yourself whenever the need arises.