I am often asked for suggestions on how to network effectively to support career development. I have written a free guide which you can download – networking guide 2017 and here is a sample from it:
Within your network it is likely that the relationships you have with people will fall into two main categories – maintainers and propellers.
Maintainers are people who are:
- Keystones – they are the core of your network and key to you getting your job done.
- Experts – people close to you who you respect and value as professionals and may well recommend to others.
- Helpers – people in related fields who help you get your job done.
Propellers are people who act as:
- Mentors – can help guide your career and teach you the ropes.
- Role models – people who have achieved what you aspire to and often have a high degree of professionalism both in their chosen field and behaviour.
- Hubs – people who will refer you to additional sources of information and people and suggest helpful connections.
- Challengers – someone who will cause you to look at your own direction.
- Promoters – will advise you of opportunities and encourage your visibility.