‘interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional and social contacts’.
The most effective way to develop professional and social contacts is by networking. It’s principals are easy to grasp and can often be the focus of an individuals career search strategy.
Networking and gathering information from different companies and organisations can help your ideas come to shape and will help you clarify in your mind what type of role, industry or organisation suites you in your career path.
If you are currently employed but are looking to change to a similar and/or more challenging role, networking is very useful. It is important to keep in mind however, that if you do not keep your networking confidential, there is a risk that your current employer may find out about your efforts to seek a career change. In most cases, this could lead to an involuntary or early departure from your employer.
Networking is a great way to meet people in your industry, not only to find out about open positions in other companies, but also to improve your skills and knowledge.