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The fear of networking versus the benefits…

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By Kirstie Loft, Operations Manager, Macro

I’ve seen various articles on how to network but have always struggled with finding the confidence to take any action myself. So if you’re thinking of taking the plunge or wondering ‘what’s the point?’ then I hope my story will inspire you to give it a go.  

The idea of networking had always, frankly, petrified me and made me feel uncomfortable. I felt it intrusive to take up others time in a busy worldand despite always helping others in any way I could, I felt too proud to allow others to reciprocate. However, after trying to make the leap from the public to the private sector and struggling to get noticed past a wall of competition, I realised that I needed to push myself outside of my comfort zone if I was going to succeed. 

So I started to network. In doing so I met up with a former colleague who is now working for Macro. After chatting with him, I was fortunate enough to secure his recommendation, which gave me the chance to get my CV in front of the right people, leading to an interview and ultimately a new job within Macro. 

It showed me the value of being brave and actually getting ‘out there’.  In fact, you don’t even need to be brave, it can be as easy as keeping in contact with your current and former colleagues, keeping your social networks updated with your skills and experience, and letting people know about opportunities.  And, most importantly, when someone helps you, repay the favour! 

After a year within Macro I’ve now secured a promotion in a really exciting role and it’s clear to me that this would not have happened without taking the leap of faith in building and actively maintaining my professional networks.  

Remember that the definition of courage is to feel the fear and do it anyway. 

For tips on the art of networking, check out Mark Graham’s blog here.

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