You always hear about the importance of networking, and I know to many, it gets annoying to hear this after awhile. Especially if you feel like you do not have a lot of business or personal contacts to approach about potential career opportunities.
I do have a positive networking story though that I would like to share. Take it or leave it :)
I posted a few weeks ago on a sorority email list that we are hiring at my agency.
I rarely keep in touch with any of these women anymore. Having graduated with my BA in 1998, I also do not actually know any of the younger alumnae.
Anyways, I had someone from there who I do not know personally, respond to my listing, that her friend who it appears lost her job due to a layoff this winter, was looking, and would I be willing to hand in her resume?
After reviewing the woman's resume and seeing she had the experience for the position, I did, and my boss ended up LOVING this person and basically hired her on the spot.
As a social worker, I feel like networking is one of the best ways to find new employment in our field.
I also think that if we have the opportunity to help someone out that would like a new job, we should.
I made sure to tell my supervisor in advance that I didn't know this woman at all, in case things do not work out down the road, but I am hoping that will not be the case.
I have gotten some of my best job opportunities, (including current employment!) through networking.
What about you?
Do you have any positive stories to share?
Where are some places or people you have networked with?