Networking is the best way to stay prepared for the inevitable job search. Make it easy on yourself by staying connected to your network!
A big thank you to Jeri for sharing the great strategies in the first part of this blog series! Keep in mind that networking can happen when we least expect it. I attended graduate school at Northeastern University over 20 years ago and became friends with a student who was already established in her career. I was excited to find out that she was the Training Manager at the Gillette Company. I never thought at the time that I would someday land a consulting gig doing career coaching in her department and teaching career development classes for over 15 years. Ann Marie was my first career mentor. We recently met for lunch in Boston, and it reminded me how important it is to nourish the connections you make. We had a wonderful reunion, and I had an opportunity to share with her some of the latest trends in career development since she has been happily retired for many years.
Support is such an important part of career success! My colleague, Pat Schuler likes to use the analogy of a boat. “Who is on your boat?” she asks, to determine who is providing you support. Individuals who have at least four individuals they can trust and meet with for career advice tend to weather the storms much better than individuals who isolate themselves.
Think about the people in your life who have mentored you. When was the last time you thanked them and planned a time to meet? Schedule time regularly with your support team, and you will find they energize and keep you moving forward even during stormy times.
Share your networking stories or connecting strategies with us in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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