How To Network With A Complete Jerk

December 27th, 2010

A few years ago I had one of the most unpleasant experiences since my layoff.  It had to do with someone who is a complete jerk.

It’s not a long story but there’s no reason to tell it here.

This person has been on my mind frequently, since they had such an impact on me. I got a birthday reminder for The Jerk not too long ago.

After “the event” I never, ever wanted to talk to The Jerk again.

But I’ve thought about The Jerk frequently.

We talk about job seekers networking all the time.  But what if you have a JERK that is in your way?  How do you network with a JERK?

Simple: YOU DON’T.

Why not?

Because you don’t have to.

How beautiful is that?

Since starting JibberJobber I realized that I was empowered to choose who my associates were.

If I liked someone I could work with them more.

If I didn’t like them I could avoid them.

When you have a job it’s hard to avoid people you dislike, especially if they are a boss, coworker, customer, vendor, etc.

When you are in a job search, or in working on your own business, you have a lot more choice over who you associate with.

EXERCISE THIS CHOICE.

No one will force you to network with a JERK.

Isn’t that an awesome, empowering thing?

Yes it is!

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5 Responses to “How To Network With A Complete Jerk”

  1. You’re talking about me again…

  2. Jason Alba says:

    LOL – Robert, definitely not you. The person I’m talking about is not in Utah… lest any other Utah people think I’m talking about them :p

  3. So you say… now that I called you out on it :)

  4. Jason Alba says:

    guilty conscience?

  5. What recruiter has a clear one?

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