Make that a former non-networker… I got this paragraph from the LinkedInPowerForum that I’m on and found it too familiar for me… I think this is where I was at about a year ago before I became something of a networking champion:
I do agree that the ability to conduct a job search is an important part of career management. For me, having stayed with one firm for 22 years, I can firmly say that’s one aspect I have not mastered, and I am now quickly coming up to speed on, out of necessity. However, I always knew it was important for me to network, in case I ever needed to conduct a job search. I never did it. Perhaps because I was busy. But mostly I told myself it was because I felt phony doing it. I mean here I am trying to be your friend so that I may use you in the future. It didn’t sit right with me. But now that I have to network, I see it in a new light. I understand now that even if you are not looking for a job, it is important to have people that you can touch base with for advice. And that even if we all know that we are networking for professional reasons, there is still a very human element to it, and the opportunity for lasting friendships. So I no longer feel phony about it. I guess I just needed to be shoved in the pool. The water is fine!
I loved this paragraph because this pretty much sums up my pre-networking thoughts. Phony, using people, etc. And “I knew I had to do it but I didn’t”… that was me, and probably at least 50% of my current readers (I’m guessing)… I didn’t start networking until I had to, and that was kind of too late. BUT, it really isn’t too late. Perhaps a new years resolution for 2007 for you?
Where do you stand? Do you represent the pre-version of this statement or the post-version of this statement?