With global development professionals always on the lookout for ways to find new funding opportunities, share resources, bring in extra expertise and partner with other organizations, networking is a skill worth developing. Photo by: pixabay.com

Networking is an important part of any job search strategy. It can be key to learning more about the organizations and people you want to work with, finding out about job openings and meeting the people who make hiring decisions. However, networking isn’t just something you should do when you are in the market for a new job. Maintaining a network can help advance your career in many ways, for example, forging new funding and partnership opportunities or sharing resources and expertise. If you only rely on your network when you need a job, you are missing out on many of the benefits and will likely turn off those who think you are only in it for yourself.

Here are six tips for becoming a networking master.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.