Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Being an active member of a networking community can make a huge difference in your career, not just in advancing, but also in keeping your finger on the pulse of the latest happenings in your field, meeting people who have similar interests and sharing your own expertise with people equally interested in your pursuits.
If you are already established in your career, you may have a clearer idea of areas you want to get involved to share, collaborate and learn. Consider networking within your career circle through specialty organizations that are aligned with your occupation or objectives. There are typically organizations and associations that encourage and facilitate this type of networking. In addition, social media has made 24/7 access to networking opportunities a reality. Get out there and check out LinkedIn Groups, Facebook pages and the social media content of companies you are interested in, and you are likely to find some great people to discuss your advancement goals and the work you're doing.
As a recruiter, I can tell you with certainty that we are always looking for awesome, qualified candidates who are ready to advance in their careers with our organizations. We work with directly with our hiring managers to find the next great talent and often they refer and recommend possible candidates directly from their networks. These are typically situations where relationships have been built through networking in their field. Best of luck to you as you seek out your next advancement opportunity!