I'm packing up my briefcase to go to a meeting for a State biotech trade association. It's supposed to be a great networking meeting. I've got another one that I leave for on Sunday, a Biofuels meeting that takes place in SFO. In each of these events, I am up against my competitors, other recruiters, who are there in spades, doing their own networking and mingling in the social hours.
And yet, for me, this is like pulling teeth. Or like going off to a root canal. (Sorry about the dental analogies folks).
I have to force myself to network. i'd much prefer to grab a glass of wine and hang around talking to a few friends in the social events. And it's really difficult for me to just introduce myself to someone I don't know. And yet, it's crucial. My business won't grow without it. And it's the same way for you, as a job seeker! You have to do networking, in person and on the phone. You need to be building your contact list. This is an absolute must.
But I imagine you are a lot like me. It's not easy. Can you force yourself to be in the situation? I put my "networking hat" on and go to it -- and I'll bet that no one knows it is not natural. Someone once said that I was a "born" networker. Not so!
In fact, is there any such thing? Perhaps, but a very small percentage of the population -- my guess 10-12%.
Thoughts? How easy is it for you?
"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery." – Fred Wolf