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Professional networking is an excellent source for getting your career breakthrough or moving up the career ladder. Networking demands excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to move from your comfort zone and reach out to people. This article outlines some of the basic tips in effectively networking. - Jess Potts

Professional networking is an excellent source for getting your career breakthrough or moving up the career ladder.


Networking - communicating with stakeholders on your career objectives, key skills, and preferred opportunities to create a favourable personal brand statement that would be a powerful tool in boosting your Oil & Gas career.


However, the ground rule for any networking effort is “reach out to help others in their endeavour before pushing ones agenda”, this would go a long way in cementing long lasting mutually beneficial relationships.


Networking requires interpersonal skills and the ability to move from your comfort zone and reach out to people – this can easily be developed over time.


Some basic tips to network effectively:


Networking Events


Attending Networking events or Career Fairs are a great way to make some new contacts as their purpose is for people to connect. Put yourself out there and make yourself known – be approachable and don’t be afraid of approaching others. You may even find yourself speaking with someone from an oil & gas company that you long to work for, meeting with them face to face will give you an advantage over those who have simply submitted their CV. Bare in mind that your confidence will naturally develop in these situations once you have attended your first event.


Identify Common Grounds


It is easy to communicate with people if they share a common ground (hobbies, interests, and professional goals). A good start would be to find out which area of the industry they are interested in.


Professional Work Ethic


People would like to network only if they have a favourable opinion about you. Display your eagerness to do well in your career, while also remaining genuine.


Join Professional Bodies


Seeking and becoming a member of professional bodies (people with similar career goals) helps in information sharing, focusing attention on specific target areas, and identifying opportunities. Keep in mind that contacts can be found everywhere, for example: family friends, professors, somewhere you may have previously volunteered.


Follow up


Don’t leave any interaction abruptly. You must take it to the logical conclusion by following up – send a thank you message or an email touching on certain key points of discussion. This would reinforce the fact; you are really serious about the relationship building process.


Social Networking Sites


What is networking today without LinkedIn? Increasingly, more and more recruiters are tapping LinkedIn to fulfil their recruitment needs. Leverage the potential of LinkedIn to expand the reach.


Most of all, enjoy networking! Not only will you learn a lot from it, you will open yourself up to a whole world of opportunities that could benefit you or even kick-start your career.


- Jess Potts


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