If You're Not Dropping By Your Boss's Office to Chat, You're Missing Out on a Major Career Opportunity

Having a meeting over a cup of coffee

By Rachel Sugar

Everybody agrees that networking matters.

It matters for getting jobs. It matters for being good at those jobs. It matters for finding mentors, sponsors, and general champions. It matters for getting promotions.

But while we can and probably should continue to drink half-priced beers, file business cards, and write follow-up emails, there's one incredibly simple networking trick that can seriously boost your career — and it's not necessarily intuitive, especially for women, says Karen Licitra, Corporate Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Johnson & Johnson.

You should schmooze with the senior people in your own organization.