If you ever hear anything
about how to get a job, it's networking
. In job search advice circles, it's the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, and Perpetual Motion, all in one easy step. Only, it's not so easy, and the advice to start networking before you need a job isn't much help if you need a job. So you crank up the phone, send some emails, and head out to networking events.
Before you go to your next networking event, read John Wall's
helpful article on being more effective at networking events
. He has good thoughts about what people are doing at these events, and how they go about it. The section on how to work an event, in particular, is a must-read:
- Fly with a wingman; alone you have no defense
- Don’t be a job hunter
- Be a hunter
- Avoid being The creepy stalker
- Master the handoff
- Crack the power code
- Hijack the event
It's worth your time to read the whole article
before your next event. Good hunting!