How To Leverage Your Professional Network
Updated: May 17
Building a strong network and giving back to your network are both steps to leveraging the power of your network. It doesn’t matter whether leverage has a fast turnaround or takes time to develop. At its most basic, leverage means you’re looking to receive something. However, when your goal is to build and give back to your network what you’re really doing is establishing professional relationships. So, when the opportunity comes along where you would like to tap into your network, the stage is already set.
There are many ways to leverage your network. This may include seeking mentorship or advice, collaborating on projects, and sharing resources. It can also include asking someone to make an introduction.
Many people get jobs through networking. A fact that’s always grabbed my attention is that about 70% of open jobs are not posted or advertised. Which means networking is very viable when you’re searching for a new career opportunity.
Lisa Chubinsky, CTS, CPC
Lisa is a Partner with Philadelphia based New River Search, LLC a National Search Firm specialized in Executive Placements for the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Industries.
Lisa has decades of experience as a nationally known Executive Recruiter, where she’s successfully placed and coached thousands of candidates. She applies her knowledge and expertise at New Career Directions, a division of New River Search LLC where she and her team provide Career Coaching, Resume Writing, Talent and Leadership Development, and Outplacement Services.