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Why External Networking is So Important

March 26, 2019

Networking. What thoughts come to mind when you hear that word? For some, the prospect of connecting with fellow professionals sends chills down their spines; for others, it’s a welcome and exciting activity. Regardless of where you sit on this spectrum, we can all agree that networking is crucial for career growth and professional development.

In this blog, we’re focusing on external networking – doing so outside your own company – and why it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Broaden Your Horizons

Compared to networking inside your own company, external networking provides fresh perspectives on your industry, on career prospects, and even on your role itself. These professional contacts can often provide a more beneficial perspective, because they don’t have as similar day-to-day experiences as fellow employees would.

Greater Network Diversity

By forcing yourself to step out of your comfort zone and connect with people who have wildly different backgrounds and experiences, you’ll be able to gather much more value than those who work the same type of job in the same industry. You can tap these people for unique advice, learn from their experiences, and use their fresh perspectives to shape and advance your own career.

Unbiased Career Advice

External contacts are often better suited to provide helpful career advice because they likely won’t share the same informed view of your company and specific role as those in your department or small team. Without that lens, they can focus their advice on your interests and goals alone, removing biases from the conversation.

Professional Becomes Personal

One of the best benefits of external networking? When a professional contact becomes a mentor or lifelong friend. What starts as a discussion about careers might turn into a conversation where you discover all the common interests you share outside of work. Now, not only can they advocate for you professionally, but these contacts can be people you also spend time with on weekends!

Career Doors Opened

We believe in personal and professional development here at POA. With the right combination of internal and external networking, each employee has the power to grow their careers as they envision. Come join our team! Discover your next career move at Pacific Office Automation.

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