More on "Networking is Dead" and a Book Draw!

 

In an article about how to use LinkedIn to network I read the following:

"... most jobs are not advertised online. In a 2011 interview with NPR, Matt Youngquist, the president of Career Horizons, says: 'At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published.'"

Clearly learning to "network" is critical in job hunting, and recently I was sent a new publication "Networking is Dead" by its publishing company who asked for my review.

(You may want to first read my previous blog on this title: Networking is Dead I.)
Once the main characters, Meredith and Dan, learned to articulate their "why" with conviction and ease, they were on to more lessons. Networking is not an instant-pudding remedy; it is a lifestyle change. Just like weight loss, there is no magic pill; there are building blocks and stumbling points along the way.
Networking is about giving first. And it's about establishing a series of relationships - some become an "inner circle" and others fit into outer rings within a Five Levels of Exchange format. From tentative beginnings in which you find time, treasures, talents or thoughts to share, to bolder steps  of introducing people to one another, to finally being on the receiving end of referrals from others, this is a process that takes time and purposeful interactions.
Desperate job hunters don't want to hear that there is no way to quickly build a network that will help
find a job. However, job hunters must also keep in mind that desperation of any kind is a job-offer killer! It's best to begin right, build slow, and in the end have the beginnings of a network that will serve you well beyond the job search into your career.
This is precisely what happened to Meredith and Dan. Their networking lessons - and the reader learns along with them - earned them business and promotions.
This approach is about embracing a wholehearted, engaged, "love my job," glad to be here kind of mindset. An honest and authentic desire to be of service, to be well regarded, to feel good and be recognized for productivity.
I do recommend this book, and highly, as it is as close to being "hand-held" through a long process as you can get without signing up for a multi-month course. And the publisher has generously offered a copy! In the next month I will be holding a draw to give away a free book, to be snail-mailed by the publisher.
To submit your name for the draw, send an email with your name and location, and if you are inspired, a sentence or two about your greatest challenges with networking!
- blog written, and now I return to writing a masterful resume, Stephanie