Networking is something I love to do, especially over a cup of coffee. I am a social person and enjoy connecting with others and learning about their careers, hearing their advice, and gaining insight into their expertise. Being a working mom, I think networking is especially important because you can consistently learn about opportunities that benefit both you and your current or future employer. Networking is how I found my most recent job—it’s been a perfect fit for me both professionally and personally.
Networking is great for any mom—whether you work or stay home—because you never know how life can change. Some moms temporarily stop working but eventually want to get back into the work force. Working moms may need a change where they can have the work/life balance they need. The bigger network you have, the better chance you will land something that is a fit. Here are a handful of reasons why I think networking is beneficial:
Networking is all about relationships. There are so many people who can introduce you to someone within their networks. Some of the best people I have met have been through networking. My two cents is to make sure those relationships are meaningful. One of the best pieces of advice I received when I was new in my career was to connect with people who can help you. You do not want your time to be wasted, and you do not want waste anyone else’s time. A simple cup of coffee can help build endless relationships and open multiple doors.
People Want to Help
People love to help people. Everyone likely got to where they are because someone helped them. There is saying that I feel is pretty true: “It is who you know, not what you know.” If someone approached you and asked to learn about your place of employment or to connect with someone in your network, you would probably be more than willing have a conversation because you know what it is like to need help. Networking is two-way street where paying it forward is a must.
Networking is a great opportunity for continuous learning. There are companies, connections, and opportunities that you may have never heard of—or thought of—until you meet with someone to have coffee. The learning is endless. I attended a local blogging event last month and met so many wonderful women and learned so many great social media blog tips—I didn’t realize how much there is to learn on something I do professionally and personally. I am grateful for being able to networking and continuing to learn.
It is crazy to think how a cup of coffee can be life changing. How has networking impacted you personally and/or professionally? I would love to hear any tips or advice.