Knowledge is power
In our world of the population increasing at a great rate, the competition is increasing at even greater
rates. It doesn’t matter where you go, you will find many others with the same skills and qualifications as yours, some even better. Who gets the information first matters, now more than ever?
A successful network must be balanced, meaning you should give as much as you take. If you ask for someone’s help or use the contact for your gain, make sure you are ready to give back when called upon. This requires trust from both parties, so link yourself with people whose reputation and ethics you believe in. Chances are good they feel the same way about you.
It is not enough to just have someone on your email list or have them as a friend on Xing or LinkedIn; a true working network requires maintenance. Send your contacts personalized updates every now and again. Offer up your help if you can. Meet for coffee just to catch up and see how the other is doing. Putting in a little effort can go a long way. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help. You have chosen to have these people in your network for a reason.
Take care of your network!