They say that job searching is all about the networking. Let me tell you from a diagnosed introvert, networking really sucks. You really have to put yourself out there, totally out of your comfort zone and start conversations with complete strangers. You have no idea if they want to talk to you or not. Sometimes these conversations go well, sometimes they feel as painful as falling down a flight of stairs. Making that perfect connection that furthers your career can feel like a needle in a haystack. It’s also extremely exhausting, being “on” all the time. When I come home after a few hours of networking, I feel almost as if I ran a marathon. But it is important – applying for open jobs the old fashion way definitely doesn’t get the maximum result. And getting a job can be more “who you know” than “what you know” in general.
I feel it helps to have some sort of ice breaker prepared. Which is why last week, Continue reading “The networking blouse: or how to succeed in business by really really trying!”