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.
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!