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.