Networking — what’s it all about…

Here I am, look­ing through my port­fo­lio of work, and I notice that I don’t have any­thing that rep­res­ents any radio work. So I think to myself, “Self, what can we do about this.” Self says, “Well, since you’re learn­ing quite a bit about net­work­ing as you devel­op this new career, why not do an item on Net­work­ing?”. Self is a pretty smart guy, some­times. So, here it is, in MP3 format, my (just under) 3-minute item on Net­work­ing. Com­ments?? You know where to post ’em.The full text is in the exten­ded entry…below

Ok, got the email open, scan­ning the pleth­ora of mes­sages from auto-alert-career-find­ing-bot-agent-thingies run by online workfind­ing sites (of course I’m apply­ing to all that I’m remotely qual­i­fied for),

Re-scan­ning my con­tact list for names of folks who may know folks who may know folks who can help me find folks who may have a job,

I’m also research­ing all the industries/companies/workplaces that I think would be funky/cool to work for places with foos­ball tables, lounges and great bene­fit plans.

Then, when there’s time, I check out the industry related online mes­sage boards at Yahoo!, and the groups.

These are just some of the activ­it­ies under­taken in an aver­age job search, in today’s high-tech and con­nec­ted world.

Some of them, such as mas­sa­ging the con­tact list, rely on the concept of the’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

This is net­work­ing strategy is con­sidered the num­ber one job-find­ing meth­od by many, includ­ing Richard Bolles the author of the ven­er­able workfind­ing bible, What Col­or is your Para­chute.

Net­work­ing the key concept for the Not-work­ing. Get out, and find out who can help you out. People like to help, just don’t put your net­work mem­bers on the spot by ask­ing them for a job, they’ll be uncom­fort­able and it’s quite likely that they don’t have one.

Instead, let them help you out. You work your net­work to get con­tacts in the industry you want to work in. Your net­work is large made up of fam­ily mem­bers, friends, co-work­ers, cli­ents, neigh­bours every­one you know and they want to help.

Work­ing the net­work is import­ant it’s how people who want to hire you, find out that you are avail­able. So talk to them. Find out who they know in that industry you want to get into. Want to be in the air­line industry? The odds are pretty good that someone you know, knows someone in the air­line industry. Get an intro­duc­tion to that per­son! Buy them cof­fee, and pick their brains for 15–20 minutes on the industry. Get them to refer you to someone else in the industry, someone who may be bet­ter qual­i­fied to judge your qual­i­fic­a­tions and advise you how best to walk down this career path.

So, you say you don’t know any­one, sure. Start with your fam­ily. They don’t want you liv­ing in their base­ment, so they have a ves­ted interest in help­ing you out!

Did you take a course at a com­munity col­lege? Call up that instruct­or offer to buy them cof­fee, and pick their brain! If they’re any good, they will have a list of people to refer you to. Use them nicely, but use them.

Someone knows someone with that job for you, you just need to be per­sist­ent.

And learn how to become the mas­ter of this pro­cess. You are offer­ing your ser­vices to them they need you. Remem­ber that.

Net­work, per­sist­ently. That’s a key way to suc­ceed.

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Published by Brad Grier geek.hack