When you talk with someone else, there is an element of networking involved. Sometimes the connection is evident, other times you may feel like there wasn’t any connection at all. And it isn’t just about job search. You network for a variety of personal and professional reasons as well. I think networking needs a new name!
Networking is stepping outside of your comfort zone, but sometimes you just have to do it…remember how it felt going off to your first day of school each year? Here’s a reminder that sometimes you just have to do things you don’t want to do or are afraid of: You Don’t Like to Meet New People?
Learn about the other person!
Make networking “other-centric”. Hate Making Small Talk? Just Ask Questions
Have a plan and start today!
Identify the people you want to know! Read more about this here: Start with a plan to grow your network
Break the Rules (a bit)
When applying for jobs, studies say that referrals are the number one way new employees are found and hired. So how can you find company insiders? Find the Back Door for a Job Posting Using LinkedIn
You can down play or even ignore networking, however, the majority of job seekers report that they secured their last job due in part if not fully because of networking! Famous Last Words of Job Seekers