The holiday season is soon upon us. Some may have already started disappearing into out of office messages or the “offline” abyss. If you’re supposed to network to get a job, what are you to do during this time? Don’t worry – the holiday season is a great time to get set up for a productive January. Here’s why, and what you can do.
In the beginning of his Tedx Talk, Christopher Barrat says, “Networking is probably the most important commercial skill for the future, and you can learn it.” There is no surprise that I fully agree with him. If you’re looking for some networking help and inspiration, I highly recommend watching his video called Successful Networking – the ultimate guide. Continue reading
I recently surveyed 100 people in my network and extended network. I asked them one simple question: How did you get your last job?
These were the choices I gave:
- from an online posting
- from someone I know/introduction from someone I know
- promoted from internship or co-op job
- headhunter/recruiting agency
So, you wanna get a job? I bet that without a doubt, someone has suggested that you should “use your network”. Am I right? If you don’t know what your “network” is or even why it matters, keep reading.
Many see networking as an abstract and potentially wishy-washy activity. The idea that comes to mind when someone suggests networking is typically: signing up for an evening event in your local area, paying some kind of fee to go, going alone, putting a name tag on, and walking around shaking hands and handing out your business cards (or explaining to people why you don’t have a business card: “I’m an environmentalist!”).
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