Why networking matters so muchIt makes me sad that this reader feels so helpless and hopeless. And I know he isn’t alone. And I also know that there are many people who are not connected to a broad networking community. But nowadays more than ever networking can be your new best friend.A connection can get you to a job that isn’t listed. And it can get you past the often imperfect screening criteria of Human Resources. That’s why, as impossible as it may seem, it is critical to start now to build networking relationships, not just for your next job but for the rest of your career.
What networking isn’tFirst I want to make sure we’re clear about what networking is … and what it isn’t. What networking is NOT:
- Finding someone who immediately and directly has a job for you.
- Contacting a few people and sitting back to see what happens.
- Relying on only people you know. (They are a good place to start.)
- Just talking about yourself and not trying to connect with the other person. (You may even be able to help them with their needs.)
- Begging for a job.