No More Networking Excuses

Networking is a critical part of your job search. Often, job seekers will admit that networking is their least favorite part of looking for new opportunities. Networking, like all other uncomfortable tasks in life, can be avoided with a variety of excuses. These excuses need to be addresses, evaluated and then overcome. Networking is absolutely necessary if you want to secure employment within a reasonable amount of time.

The following are a few of the most common excuses given when a job seeker doesn’t want to network:

  • I’m too busy – first define what “busy” means. We can all be too busy to avoid doing things that we don’t want to do. You need to prioritize your day and see where your job search falls in order of importance. If you are seeking employment and need a new opportunity now, then you need to be “busy” working on your job search! If you are unemployed, you should make searching for a new opportunity your full time job. If you are currently networking, one way to drastically increase your job leads is to make increases in your number of contacts. Even small increases can have very positive impact on your search. If you make only one new contact every day, that is 30 new active job leads every day! You are not too busy to meet one new person!
  • I’m too shy – this is a very common statement. The truth is that most people feel that they are not outgoing enough to network. If you attend an event focused on networking, you need to remind yourself that most of the professionals there are also uncomfortable. You need to stay focused on the reason why you are at the event. It is not necessary for you to make friends or to talk with numerous people. It is more effective to watch, listen and then make your move. Attempt to target those professionals who can advance your search! One additional approach is to talk with others with the idea that you might be able to assist them. Keep in mind that quality contacts are better than a quantity of contacts.
  • I really don’t need help from others – this excuse doesn’t really count as an excuse! If you are in a job search, you need help from anyone who will help! It is your responsibility to tell everyone you know that you are looking for a new opportunity. Go a step further and ask them to ask others if they know of any job leads. This is networking, it is as simple as asking others to keep their eyes open for you. Many times resumes are passed on, interviews are scheduled and jobs are offered because a name was mentioned by the “right person.”

While the word “Networking” may initially seem like a lot of work. It may also seem intimidating. The truth is; it necessary and it is extremely effective in your job search.

Once you practice the skill of networking, your confidence will build and your results will positively impact your overall search!