Here’s a question from K.G.:
I am crazy busy w/my job. I know I should continue to network (online and in person) but finding the time at the end of the day is a real challenge. At work any kind of online networking is impossible. I come home from work and it feels I used up all my brain-power for the day. I am also in a new relationship which requires some of my time as well.
Appreciate any suggestions you may have.
I’ll take this in bits…
>> I am crazy busy w/my job.
I was too, before I got let go. I didn’t do any “career management” while I had my job because I naively thought the company would reward me for hard work and loyalty. My suggestion is to do something… obviously not a 40 hour a week job search, but do stuff every single day (more on that below).
>> I know I should continue to network (online and in person) but finding the time at the end of the day is a real challenge.
It sounds like you come home from work and then think “okay, what can I do to network tonight?” What if you got plugged into some networking events (you can easily ask around – ask job seekers what events they recommend) and planned for them ahead of time – that way, you know next Tuesday where you’ll be, and can plan for it.
Perhaps more important, what networking can you do at work? I’m not saying to network as a job seeker, but network with your peers. Have lunch with different people. Reach out to new people in your office, or even outside your office. Become well-known, and develop a strong brand.
Networking and branding are not exercises limited to job seekers who have plenty of time … they are career management strategies that should be done ALWAYS. So have fun meeting more people at work…
>> At work any kind of online networking is impossible.
DO NOT DO ONLINE NETWORKING AT WORK. I’d say, in general, LinkedIn is okay, but even that can be scrutinized as a job search tool (which I disagree with). Just stay away… and even be careful how you phrase things in emails, since those can be monitored also.
>> I come home from work and it feels I used up all my brain-power for the day.
I know the feeling… as per above, either different planning or networking and branding at work… and save your evening time for something else, especially if your brain-power if used up.
>> I am also in a new relationship which requires some of my time as well.
I know the guy you are with and I think he’s a pretty cool dude!
What do you guys think? What else would you add?