Read on, you will know how to successfully launch your networking campaign at the new job:
Why launch from the start?
When you join a new job you will be judged during your early stint by those who take decisions. Introducing yourself to a new crowd of colleagues is the best way to begin your innings on the new turf. So it is important from the beginning to think of networking.
You being a novice, everybody watches you and you must be careful. It doesn't mean you shouldn't go on with your plan to launch your network. It is better you start your work early and you have to make your presence felt.
Networking with whom?
Your networking needs to be taken beyond your colleagues next to you. Start contacting people who made a beginning like you a year ago as they would be able to tell you what care you should take and how you will be judged. Seek the advice of your boss while contacting the people whom you want to be friends with.
Every organization will have a few people with integrity and courage and are always respected by everybody. By virtue of their honesty and self discipline, they are the people with clout. You have to identify them and try to be one of them.
How to make it happen
When you are new at a place, you would like to make as many friends as possible and build your reputation. But you should not be hanging out at everybody's cubicle. You can take advantage of the coffee break or lunch time. Another good time is before the work day starts.
Extending your network
Don't just be satisfied with your department. Your network should have a wide coverage. You must develop strong ties with people who have a say at the helm of affairs; thus you can pave the way for your career growth. Don't leave any opportunity that comes your way. You can even volunteer to work with a cross-functional team. Regularly meeting people from all departments is the best way to network.
Get hold of mentor
A mentor is a must for taking your network upwards. There are always a few people who fine tune the value system of the company. One of them can be the best man to be your mentor and put your network on the right track. While making friends with such a mentor, you must know your manager's equation with him.
All your network building effort should be informal and at a low key. You should not go fast. In the early stages of your stint, many priorities need your attention. So you have to be cautious so as not to trigger any suspicion in the people's mind.