I recently interviewed Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, about common reasons why people find themselves broke. He said one of the reasons people don't get ahead financially is that they fail to network. He found when researching his book that financially successful people network and volunteer a minimum of five hours a month; whereas, those struggling financially do not. One person Corley interviewed for his book had lost his job but found a new one in just three weeks as a result of relationships he'd developed through networking. Not only can networking help you find a new job, but also it can help you advance in your current career or expand your business.SEE ALSO: How Sharp Are Your Job-Hunting Skills?
If you need help improving your networking skills, a recent post on the Financial Highway blog -- Why You Should Maintain Your Career Network -- And How To Do It -- has some tips. For more career advice, here's what some of our favorite personal finance bloggers are saying:
20 Best Part-Time Jobs With Benefits [PT Money]
"The following 20 employers offer part-time jobs with benefits to employees, leaving you free to live your life, rather than worrying about health care costs."
15 Ways to Improve Your Career Prospects and Reach Work-Related Goals [Money Crashers]
"Whether you're gunning for a promotion or a raise, you're in the midst of a job search, or you want to start your own business, taking a few simple steps can help you become a happier, more employable, more valuable worker."
10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable [Wise Bread]
"It's easy to become complacent, especially if you've been working in the same job for multiple years. But when it is time to find a new job, you may have a lot of catching up to do."
What If You Could Take a Do-Over on Your Career? [20Somethingfinance]
"It's fun to imagine the possibilities, with a little reason sprinkled in."
You Don't Need That MBA Degree: Continuing Thoughts on Higher Education [Man Vs. Debt]
"Much of what you learned in the MBA is going to be obsolete, but the bills will continue arriving. Why don't you start training yourself, instead?"
Overwork and the Illusion of a 'High-Paying' Job [Get Rich Slowly]
"I don't want to simply earn a lot of money; I want to be a high-earner. To me, earning six-figures and working 80 hours a week does not a high-earner make. It just means, essentially, you're working two jobs."
I Chose Freedom Over Money and Benefits. Would You Have Done the Same Thing? [MoneyNing]
"Obviously, when making a career move, your gains should outweigh your losses -- but the pros of a job change look different for each individual."