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(From Financial Mail)
Byline: Alita Byrd
Don't miss out Why you should get into networking, how to do it and where to go There's an old saying that it's not what you know, but who you know. Who you know opens doors for you," says Dot Field, chief communications officer at Vodacom. It's really a form of career survival." Field started her career at Nedbank after her father who was a client at the bank put in a good word. Don't be afraid to use the people you know to help you get through the door," Field says. Once you've been given that initial introduction, then it's over to you to prove yourself." Networking is a term that's thrown around a lot, and it's become a bit of business jargon. Collins dictionary defines it as: Forming business connections and contacts through informal social meetings." Basically, networking is a process of establishing, building and maintaining relationships throughout your life. It's not just a means to getting your first job. By creating relationships with the people around you, helping them and receiving help in return, the path toward your dream job, running your own business or moving up toward promotion is smoothed. The …