One of the most common complaints I hear from job seekers today is they hate networking. RELATED: 3 Painless Networking Tips For People Who Hate To Network They say to me, “I know 80% of jobs are gotten by networking, but I just hate begging people for a job.” At which point I say, “If you feel like networking is begging for a job, then you’re doing it wrong.”
Networking Isn’t Begging, It’s GivingWhen you network, the goal isn’t to ask for a job, the goal is to give the other person a chance to get to know you. It’s time spent sharing ideas and having meaningful conversations around industry-related topics as a way to feel more comfortable with one another. Most importantly, it’s your way to do research on a person to determine how you might help them some day with their career. Let me explain...
Why Networking Is A Job Search PriorityWhen you network, you get three things:
- A sense of what makes the other person happy and inspired.
- An idea of the best way to converse with the other person to make them feel appreciated.
- An opportunity to showcase what it would be like to have you as a colleague.