This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Job seekers are often told that who you know is important when trying to land a job. And while that saying is true, who you know — your professional network — can do much more than help you find a job. Your network can also help you with many aspects of personal and professional development.
Building a professional network can seem like a tough task. Whom should you approach?
Well, the fact is, you should include all kinds of people in your network. People from your past and present, as well as colleagues and people outside of your profession, are all great ideas. Adding all of them to your professional network is important, because you never know who can help you (and who you can help) in your professional journey.