CLEO (Malaysia) - - YOUR LIFE, YOUR RULES! -

et­work­ing has come a long way from its knee-length­skirts-and-court-shoes im­age – and it could be your ticket to ca­reer suc­cess, be­cause these days, it’s not just about who you know, it’s also about who knows you. “Build­ing a strong net­work can help you learn new skills or in­for­ma­tion, dis­cover ideas and find out how to do things bet­ter in your or­gan­i­sa­tion,” ex­plains Karen Adamedes, ca­reer spe­cial­ist and author of Hot Tips for Ca­reer Chicks. Not to men­tion, the more peo­ple who know about you and your spe­cial­ties, the more they might think of your name when they’re look­ing for some­one to fill a juicy role. Pro­mo­tions and/or job op­por­tu­ni­ties? Yes, please! But for­get sweaty hand­shakes and awk­ward small talks at cor­po­rate events. These days, net­work­ing can take many forms. Just ask so­cial me­dia spe­cial­ist Han­nah DeMilta, who ad­vo­cates the idea of “net­work­ing as a life­style”. From your In­sta­gram feed, to that friend of a friend who’s work­ing in that hot sec­tor you’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in, “It’s some­thing which touches ev­ery­thing we do,” she ex­plains. “The peo­ple we meet to­mor­row could end up be­ing valu­able con­nec­tions later down the track.”

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