As one of the most important ways to build your professional capital, networking is key to taking that next step in your business strategy. Building your network is important, especially for managers. Consider some of these concepts to help strategically position yourself and your government career for future success:
It’s Not About You
Building a network isn’t a one-way street. A strong network is just as much about what you can do for them as it is what they can do for you. When you talk with someone take simple actions to make them feel important, like listening to what they have to say and engaging with them in a meaningful way.
3 Places to Find This Network
Establishing a strong network takes effort. Intentionally develop new connections by:
1. Finding a mentor and/or being a mentor
2. Find an affinity or employee resource group in your agency
3. Find a professional organization
Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember that your network is a two-way street, and there will be times when you need the help of your contacts. Keep in mind that the ratio of times you need help versus being asked for help will change over time.
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