Unlocking opportunities: The power of networking

11 April 2024

When job searching, it's easy to get caught up in the traditional notion of crafting the perfect resume, acing interviews, and ticking all the boxes on job applications. However, what if we told you that there's a different path to success, one that bypasses the conventional route and relies on something much more valuable: networking. 

But what exactly is networking, and why is it so crucial? 

Networking is more than formal events and LinkedIn connections; it's about actively engaging with others, seeking out opportunities to learn and grow, and offering support and value in return. It's about being proactive and seizing every chance to connect with professionals in your field, whether it's at conferences, meetups or through social media. 

For Grant Ballantyne, networking isn't just a buzzword — it's been his ticket to success, and now he’s the Director of Technical Solutions at Ausenco. 

Having never scored a job through a traditional application process, for Grant, connecting with people who have shared interests has always been a priority, and it’s through these connections that he worked his way into the corporate world. 

So, what's the takeaway? In a world where connections are currency, networking isn't just a skill — it's a game-changer. Whether you're a fresh grad, a seasoned professional or just someone who's not big on paperwork (can’t blame you!), your network could be the key to levelling up your career. 

As you embark on your own career journey, remember the power of networking. Invest time and effort into building genuine relationships with others, nurture your network and never underestimate the impact that professional connections can have on your career trajectory. 


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