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When the subject of networking comes up in a discussion, quite often external networking springs to mind. But internal networking can be just as beneficial when building rapport with your colleagues and developing trust within departments.
Benefits of Internal Networking
There are many benefits to internal networking including a boost to your efficiency and effectiveness within your role.
Share knowledge – If you’re struggling with something, knowing a wide range of people can present you with various perspectives on how to proceed. Having an extra perspective or two to balance out your own is always helpful.
Insight into job openings – It’s not what you know but who you know, as the saying goes. By knowing someone in each department, you are more likely to be kept abreast of any positions which are hiring before they are made public knowledge.
Build opportunities – Even if a promotion is not on the cards, you may hear about special projects which could boost your experience, enhance your career or provide extra job satisfaction. Being seen in all the right places is the key to making this happen.
Recognising Networking Opportunities
Always be on the lookout for networking opportunities. They could appear as formal or informal events.
Informal networking events are likely to happen more than formal events purely because of the frequency in which they occur. Casual meetings may present themselves in a number of ways, some of which you may not even consider acting upon.
Note that in most cases, informal networking will require a bit of initiative on your part to make it happen. On the flip side, informal get-togethers present themselves with less stress. So once you get over the hurdle of breaking the ice, the rest is relatively easy. Informal networking could include:
- Corridor discussions
- Email interactions
- Coffee breaks
- Water cooler conversations
- Lunch breaks
- Group discussions
Formal networking is entirely different from informal networking and generally occurs during a social event of some kind. There may be opportunities to attend social events through your organisation and outside of your organisation, giving you a chance to get to know your colleagues and peers better. Of course, you may need a little bit more preparation when attending a formal event as conversations tend to be more structured due to the professional setting. Try to muster as much confidence as you can to get those conversations flowing. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
Whether informal or formal, internal networking can really do wonders for your career. If you would like to learn more on the subject and gain a new perspective on networking within your company, visit our website. We offer eCourses on both internal and external networking which you may find extremely helpful. As you work your way through the eCourse, you will learn essential tidbits as common mistakes to avoid, useful networking tools and tips on how to manage your time successfully.