Networking is absolutely key to securing a role in the ANZ market. It’s importance cannot be stressed enough, as. ACCA Members who have arrived from other markets have commented that Australia, in particular, is very much a ‘network-based’ market.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Active networking is vital to career growth.
Often confused with selling, networking is actually about building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist, and who can potentially help you in return. Your network includes everyone from friends and family to work colleagues and members of groups to which you belong.
Being visible and getting noticed is a benefit of networking that’s essential in career building. Regularly attending professional and social events will also help to get your face known. You can then build your reputation as being knowledgeable, reliable and supportive by offering useful information or tips to people who need it.
Expanding your contacts can open doors to new opportunities for business, career advancement, personal growth, or simply new knowledge. Active networking helps keep you top of mind when opportunities such as job openings arise and increases your likelihood of receiving introductions to potentially relevant people, or even a personal referral/recommendation.
Top Tip – Ensure you have an up to date LinkedIn profile and that this is professionally written. LinkedIn is very widely used in Australia and New Zealand and will typically be checked by recruiters and employers.
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