There’s no catchier tune currently on the radio than the song not-so-subtly referenced in my title. And there is just a dead beat for all of you out there who cannot find the rhythm of networking because you are struggling with a sense of interpersonal angst. Well, you gotta snap out of it! And you know that, too, because finding a job, never mind a career where you feel you will make a difference, requires getting into the ‘power pile’ of resumes sitting on any hiring manager’s desk and staying out of their InBox Spam folder. Remember the power pile? It’s the short pile, the pile that gets read.
What’s that you say? You don’t know how to get started? Well, the one sure thing is that you must try because the only other ‘sure thing’ is that ‘you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ (Wayne Gretzky). So, I thought The Ultimate Guide To Networking For Introverts would be a good place for you to start. Olivia Gamber takes you through her journey out of the shadows to networking enlightenment. It may seem a bit long but stay with her on this. You’ll benefit from at least learning one, if not more, traits for self-development, if not self-awareness.
Of course, merely mastering the art of networking (or being a social lion in meet-ups) won’t yield instant results for you. You must provide value to the new relationships that you have cultivated. You have to genuinely, sincerely, engage with the people that you meet who are directly or tangentially part of the career community into which you want to join. When you show your authentic self in conversation, over time, you will earn the trust and mind share of your network base.
The provocative title of Greg McKeown‘s January article in the Harvard Business Review is 99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time. What he is encouraging the reader to consider is to become the 1% of the population who knows what it takes to invest in and grow the value of their network. What I like about it is that his principles of networking are applicable and will strengthen your personal as well as professional growth. And you know that a keystone for getting meaningful work is to build relationships with people in your network to transform a mere contact into a connection.
I recently pointed you to another teaser-titled article and if you read the two together you will see that their career successes and counsel share pretty much the same core principle — know who you are and don’t be afraid to focus on the quality of your relationships, not how many friends or 1st connections you have mustered. If you are ready to be your real self, you’re going to be great at networking.
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I have met many millennial junior, senior and post-graduate students who are so enthusiastic, capable and eager to throw themselves into the workforce. Juniors are anxious to land that summer internship and seniors and post-grads (as well as new alums) are singularly focused on finding a living-wages job. One expects that with such determination and drive our gatherings would be a lively discussion and sharing of networking experiences and ideas for developing industry mentors or employee referrals. (A recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of NY reported that candidates who are referred to the hiring manager are twice as likely to get an interview — the holy grail of the job hunt — with 40% more likely to be hired over other applicants — winning!)
Instead, dead air filled the room and the enthusiasm was replaced by tentative silence. What I discovered is that most millenials think that the invitation/acceptance of connecting or friending someone on LinkedIn or Facebook is all there is to ‘networking’. There seemed to be no recognition that the very term ‘networking’ defines exchange of information, in short, communication. What I saw in the room was anxiety and puzzlement.
Networking is fundamental to the art of getting a job. The silence was ultimately replaced with a question that was, apparently, common to the group: ‘But how do you network with someone in your network?’ So, I thought I would share a post I recently stumbled upon that attempts to answer that very question. Keeping in mind that it is one person’s opinion but I think that it is worthwhile to take it in and use it to introduce some self-awareness toward your next networking opportunity. In fact, it may take the anxiety out of networking.
Your first question about the post title is likely to be ‘Who is Mr. Bock’? The ‘Mr. Bock’ to whom I refer is Lazlo Bock and holds the title of SVP, People Operations at Google. You should check out our first post about What Google Looks For in job candidates if you are at all interested in learning a little bit about that.
His discussion about the nitty-gritty subject of resumes was posted here shortly thereafter in What Google Looks For, Part 2. It’s unfortunate that we decided to give it that title because we had not considered that Mr. Bock would publish a related ‘part 2’ post identifying what he considers are The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, Part 2: Your top 8 questions. The issues raised in his Part 2 came directly from the comments and questions he received from readers. There is real world information here for recent graduates and professionals in career transition alike. It’s worth your time to check it out.
NOTICE: There will be a new version of this video available shortly. However, this version will show you how to upload documents and images to your 225AM Document Library and create tags to easily organize and sort your Library contents.
When you attach PDF files of your cover letter, resume, or bio in an email, you’re protecting yourself from unauthorized tampering of your information when it reaches its destination. Watch here how quickly that can be done.