Peter Ambrose Merrill Lynch believes that it is more important than ever before to build a solid network. In the age of computers and online marketing, having a reliable group of people to connect with, from friends, family, academic peers, work colleagues to people in the community is key to moving up the corporate ladder. There are many reasons to have a network, like landing a job.
Unlike most college graduates, Ambrose knew that it would take much more than just his abilities, skills and knowledge to build a career. In fact, he started building a strong network of connections while in University. This put him in contact with people from the hidden job market and helped him find employers who just don’t advertise their jobs. Instead of going through tons of resumes, some employers prefer to hire someone through a close contact.
There are many different people that should be in your network. Most important are your friends and family members, the people who are closest to you and know you the best. Then, reach out to acquaintances or those people you just hang out with on social occasions, states Ambrose. Branch out to people in the community that could help you climb the corporate ladder, including community leaders, club members even professionals from different industries.
Peter Ambrose of Merrill Lynch knows that there are many ways to build a network, from just talking to random people or assisting those who have specific problems. Put yourself out there, get involved in a new situation or celebrate others accomplishments, you never know how others can help in the long run.