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Networking is a great way to find a job, but you shouldn't stop once you find one. In fact, internal networking (within your company) makes perfect sense because you already know you have common interests with those in your field. You might even find a way to use your other skills and hobbies as a means to improve the company you work for. Collaborating with coworkers could make you better at your job, while also building beneficial relationships.
You should have different goals and objectives in building a network inside of your company vs. networking outside of your workplace. Networking externally can still help you make connections that could benefit you in the long run. However, if your immediate goal is to find ways to work with your fellow employees to make improvements in both of your current job roles, you need to work on your internal networking skills.
Internal networking and building a network is a great way to exercise skills that might not be part of your everyday role. For example, maybe you work for a tech company as a web developer, but you are also a great writer. You could approach the head of the editorial team with an idea for a blog post and offer to write it yourself.
This type of networking can be a little tricky because you never want to make your coworkers feel like they're being used or that you are just "building a network." The key is to make sure everyone involved will benefit from the collaboration. In the example of the blog post, you are bringing new content to the company's blog without asking involved coworker to take on extra responsibility. Plus, when other people notice your excitement and versatility, they may recognize you as a valuable member of the company.
It might seem a little awkward to approach people you don't know to attain your goal of building career relationships, but if you look for little opportunities, it can feel more natural. Have lunch with a coworker and ask questions about his or her role in the company. That way, you express your interest and learn more about that particular person and how you can work with him or her. If someone wins an award or is the Employee of the Month, use the accolade as a reason to reach out and offer congratulations. By making these small efforts, you put yourself on the radar of others as well.
Internal networking could make your job more fulfilling. It may also help make you an indispensable member of your company. Building career relationships internally and pushing beyond the required tasks of your job can help you, your coworkers, and your employer.
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