I’ve learned that most job seekers cringe a little when you mention the word “networking”.
They know the stats— that 70-80% of all jobs are gained through networking— yet it feels nebulous & it’s not as “measurable” as applying for jobs online.
Or is it?
How do you actually ensure a feeling of progress in your job search from these meetings? How do you know if they were “successful”?
First, the odds of you walking out of a networking meeting with a job is rare. It’s happened to plenty of people– but don’t let that be your expectation. You will be disappointed if that’s your measure.
A networking meeting is a success if you:
1. Find out about a position that isn’t posted online but will be available in the future
2. Get a referral to someone else you should be talking to (always, always, always ask if there is anyone they recommend you talk to)
3. Discover some language you should be using in interviews that makes you a stronger candidate OR gather insight about what would make your resume stronger
4. Discover new career options that match your skills & interests
5. Meet with someone who believes in you. Who will advocate for you when they learn about opportunities, will send you emails to check in & who will make introduction