Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Building Your Internal Network

Career development

Building your internal network

Artwork by: Stas Podgornov

  • What is Internal Networking?
  • Why is internal networking critical for career success?

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie

Developing, creating, and maintaining strong internal and external networks involves reaching out to colleagues and professionals in your industry and/or occupation, even if doing so is not required by your job. Networking is more about connecting with others, and helping them to succeed.  Having a “win-win” mindset is key to being effective. Internal and external networking techniques are similar; however, internal networking requires more of a focus on mindset and perception. Keeping your networking contacts engaged also helps to keep you top of mind when opportunities arise.

What is Internal Networking?

Internal networking is looking outside of your immediate, daily activities and thinking about how you can connect with, and create value for, others in your company.

Why is internal networking critical for career success?

Every employee has their own network and key relationships. With an objective of mutual benefit, you can help each other. Networking can help you get support for completing projects, surviving in tough times, making strides in good times, and boosting your career. By improving your performance and that of others, networking benefits your organization as well. Investing in relationships will be invaluable in numerous ways.

Action: Get into the Right Mindset

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee has over 25 years of human resource, outplacement, and career coaching experience. He is also an industrial/organizational psychologist and a certified retirement coach.  Raymond has contributed to SHRM, ATD, and other publications on the topics of the future of work, employee experience and offboarding, ageism and bias in the workplace, and career fulfillment.