Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Whether you're a jobseeker, an entrepreneur, an investor or a social activist, creating relations and knowing who knows who can open all kinds of doors.
NETWORKING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN ISRAEL
Networking is the key to success in Israel. Whether you're a jobseeker, an entrepreneur, an investor or a social activist, creating relations and knowing who knows who can open all kinds of doors. According to a 2014 survey by a leading Israeli placement company, 65% of all jobs in Israel was found through networking. And in the Start-Up scene, where the distance between investors, entrepreneurs and great talent is usually not more than 2-3 handshakes away, having a great idea is not enough.
In a country of just above 8 million people, everybody are parts of multiple small networks which connects and overlaps, such as: family, army, school, work, etc. Add to that a culture that encourages idea sharing, initiative and advice over a cup of coffee and you get a sense that "everyone knows everyone". At first glance that may sound like a barrier for the newly arrived immigrant or foreign business person, however the opposite is true. Networking in Israel is easy – It’s a way of life. With the right attitude and social skills it's very easy to build a network and tap into the right social circles needed to succeed. Here's why:
1. Israeli culture is supportive and willing to help new immigrants. 35% Israelis are born outside the country. 9 out of 10 are either immigrants or 1st or 2nd generation. So as an Oleh don’t be afraid of reaching out and ask for advice.
2. Networking in Israel is a way of life and an integral part of the culture
3. Israel is geographicall small area. Distances are short and most people will be only a short drive away - making a face2face meeting easy to set up.
However, building a quality network takes time. Networking is a method to reach success, however a method which must be planned, strategized and executed with great patience and consistency. We live in a time, where we're used to instant gratification and quick results. This logic is diametrical opposite to the art of networking. In networking, building relationships with the right people and long-term planning are key-components for success. However, with patience, the right approach and incremental progress, the rewards of networking are efficient and the best way of gaining professional success in Israel. Investing time in networking is a powerfull long-term strategy.