Tip #3: Don’t Be a Salesperson
If you’re looking to network internally for the sake of landing a new role, we recommend refraining from being too vocal about your end-game objectives and instead aim to find common ground with your colleagues.
Networking is, after all, about forming mutually beneficial relationships, and if you approach networking with the mentality that you’re just looking to get something from it for yourself, you’ll likely come off as inauthentic. Thus, you’ll shoot yourself in the foot before you even get started.
To combat this, be your genuine self and avoid too much time in the spotlight - at least at first. With networking your initial goal should be about forming relationships and collecting information – not about showcasing everything you can bring to the table before you’re even sure you have a seat.
Tip #4: Do Your Research
You know back in school when you’d study (or cram) before a big test? Well, it’s worth taking the same approach to those colleagues you hope to build relationships with at work.
If you know that a particular person, group, or team in your organisation is essential to your development, doing some thorough research will prove to be a great advantage to these professional relationships.
If you’re not sure where to start, do a simple Google search or stop by their LinkedIn profile.
Any information floating about online may speak volumes about them - and your company - enabling you to see where you could perhaps fill any gaps, offer your help, or find common ground that could act as a simple conversation starter.
Tip #5: Show Your Commitment
Another way to strengthen and expand your network in the office is to volunteer to help with internal projects, big and small.
This way, you’ll not only show your commitment to the success of the business, but you’ll connect with like-minded individuals who are also looking for ways to showcase their skills and knowledge.
Naturally, as you work together, you’ll collect more internal networking contacts who can speak to your character and work ethic and, in time, create more visibility for yourself in the company and open up pathways to new job opportunities down the line.