So this is the final part of my job hunting series (unless I decide to add to it, of course). Feel free to refer back to Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them. I’m really hoping to start a dialogue about successful job searching.
Networking is important, but I hate it. I love meeting new people when it’s for the sake of meeting new people. I also like meeting new people when I’m the one helping or doing a favor. In general, I feel like networking has a phony/sell-yourself twist that feels disingenuous to me. Plenty of people have told me I’m crazy for feeling that way but I’m going to pull the counselor card and tell you not to tell me how to feel.
That being said, I’ve had to get over it, and the more networking meetings I’ve had, the better I feel about it. I’ve had to shift my thinking from: “I have to talk about how great I am and sell myself and ugh this is going to be awkward” to “I get to meet someone new who’s doing great things in this community.” That shift in mindset has done wonders for my efforts to meet more people – which is good, because at nearly each networking meeting, I’m referred to 3-5 more people I should be talking to, which leads to more meetings.
I started to get more overwhelmed with how many people I had met or was told to meet and was having trouble remembering who had referred me to whom… etc. So, I created a visual aid of my contacts and color coated it, and I love it. Want to see?
I’m a systems girl, so, of course I’m loving watching this web take shape. It’s almost another way to make my job search “me”
Talk to me about networking: What works, what doesn’t work? What do you love and hate about networking? Did I miss anything else about the job search that I should be learning or thinking about?