Networking is vital to career growth. While it can be confused with selling yourself, networking is about building relationships and getting to know others in your industry. Networking is not just about trying to get a job; rather it’s about meeting others who you can help, and who in return can help you build your career. Here are five benefits of building your network and can it can help grow your career!


Gain Referrals and Opportunities

A clear reason to build your network is that you can gain referrals and learn about career opportunities. Expanding your network and those you know can open doors to more opportunities for business, personal growth, career advancement, or simply new knowledge. Expanding your network can open new doors, which are not always just in the form of new jobs.


Helpful Advice

Another benefit of building your network is gaining the opportunity to learn useful career advice. Networking is an excellent way to tap into career advice and expertise from those you wouldn’t otherwise be able to meet. However, just remember to be cautious of any information you receive. Make sure you take advice from the right person, not just someone who is offering their opinion.


Build Your Profile

Getting your name out there is a great benefit of networking. Being noticed and visible to others is a huge help for building your career. Regularly attending networking events will help to get your name and face known. You can then help make your reputation as knowledgeable, reliable and supportive by offering useful information or tips to people who need it.


Expands Support

Building your support network is another benefit of increasing your network.  Networking opens the door to valuable guidance and suggestions. Not only can you benefit from receiving support, but you can also offer genuine assistance to your network that will set a strong foundation for gaining support in return when you need it.


Increase Confidence

By regularly networking and meeting new faces, you will gain confidence. If you push yourself to talk to people, you don’t know; this will help your personal growth going forward. Networking is especially great for those are not as confident because it helps make conversations and connections. This can come in handy when you’re applying for a new position.


Building your network has many benefits and can help build your career in numerous ways. From getting a job to receiving a promotion, networking is vital to the business world. Don’t forget that maintaining connections is just as important as building them! Be sure to check back next month when I will discuss how to maintain your network!


Nick Zamucen is an awarding winning serial entrepreneur, author, and business strategist. Check out his Twitter or read more on his entrepreneur advice!