One of the greatest tools for career success is proper networking. Networking isn’t about just contacting people when you need something; it’s about building relationships with others that are mutually beneficial.
One of my favorite colleagues often has said about me that he likes working with me because I don’t just contact him when I need something; there is always a rapport between us outside of the sharing of resources and information about jobs.
Recently, I just picked up two projects from contacts I have nurtured over the years; one with a professor I met 15 years ago and another with a former boss who told me if I ever wanted to work for him again to just let him know. These kind of opportunities would not have resulted if I hadn’t maintained contact and rapport
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