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10 Jobs that Require Networking

If you’re one of those people that loves schmoozing, you might be a perfect fit in a job that requires networking. These jobs are built around putting yourself out there, meeting people, and connecting the proverbial dots. 

There is a difference between networking to advance your career and networking because it is your career. The first is about building a professional base of mutually beneficial relationships that help you along your career path. The second is about solving the problems for the people you meet or have relationships with. It is about creating the know, like, and trust factor so that they will choose to work with you. 

These are the top 10 jobs that require networking in order to excel. 

  • Real estate agent

To be a good real estate agent, you need to build rapport with your clients. As a real estate agent, you will represent buyers and sellers. Most of your day will be spent marketing and nourishing your client list. Buying a home is a huge financial decision. Garnering the trust of your clients is important. And, since real estate clients count on referrals and word-of-mouth advertising, building trust and doing a good job is just one way to secure those referrals.  

  • Mortgage broker

Mortgage brokers work side-by-side with real estate agents. Mortgage brokers are very knowledgeable of the financial process of buying a house. Lending requirements are constantly changing. To be successful, you will need to stay up to date on what’s happening in the financial and housing markets to help your clients decide on the best lending options for them. Again, nourishing the relationships you have with your clients and colleagues will lead to more business through referrals. 

  • Financial planner

Managing other people’s investments in just a small part of the financial planner’s job. Most financial planners assist their clients in making decisions about retirement savings, insurance, and investments. Building a relationship around trust is required to be a successful financial planner. To build a clientele, financial planners will solicit referrals, hold classes or seminars, and cold call. 

  • Sales

I’m sure when you think of sales, you can envision a cheesy used car salesman. But sales jobs are available in almost any industry. Some of the more lucrative sales gigs are in medical device sales. Being able to communicate effectively, remain professional, and build relationships are at the cornerstone of being successful in a sales career. 

  • Esthetician, massage therapist, hair stylist

Not only is it imperative to be good at what you do, it is also imperative to build relationships with your clients. It is much more cost effective to have returning clients than to always be on the hunt for new clients. Whether you’re working at a spa facility or small studio, harnessing your connections with your clients will lead to greater success.  

  • Public relations 

A career in public relations is for someone attentive to detail, able to communicate extremely well, and able to manage those tiny little disasters that inevitably come up. Typically, individuals will work for organizations or high-profile individuals. Being well-connected is a requirement to be successful in public relations – and that means networking as part of your job.  

  • Coach 

I’m a career coach. I can tell you that I am successful because I nourish my network. Coaches work with their clients to motivate them to achieve their highest potential. Coaches are mentors, not counselors. Coaches hold their clients accountable to take action and provide encouragement for the small achievements along the way. 

  • Business development manager

Business development managers are responsible for growing the company they work for. Creating business contacts is the core of this position so that they can find new business opportunities or clients. And, you guessed it, building a network of trusted colleagues and business associates will only make them more successful. 

  • Events specialist

An event specialist works with their clients to plan an event such as a wedding with every detail accounted for. Those that are excellent at their jobs can take care of all the last minute “oopsies” that can derail a good time. To do this well, event specialists need to work with a large network of people so that when a table leg breaks, they’ve got a handyman in their back pocket. 

  • Journalism

Journalism is built on getting the inside story. Journalists write investigative reports, stories, blogs, and more. Journalists work for newspapers, magazines, news stations (TV), radio, and online platforms including blogs, websites, and podcasts. A career in journalism is more about who you know over any other part of the business. Of course, you’ll need to be able to write a good story. 

If you’re a real people person, working in the isolation of a home office won’t suit you in the long run. Exploring one of these options might just be the career shift you’re looking for. 

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