Terrified of Networking?
By Martha Vega-Smith, P.Eng. Guest Blogger
Not long ago I was employed, and once in a while I would meet someone looking to re-enter the workforce. When they got in touch immediately after we met, or followed up on a job posting, they stuck in my mind.
I was more likely to consider or recommend them for a job, not because I wanted to get rid of them, but because they showed interest in the company and its opportunities, in other words they cared enough to follow up.
What I admired back then in those fellow colleagues, is the same thing I have felt uncomfortable doing now that I am unemployed.
So why is it that we dread networking, or engaging in casual conversations that could expand our connections, even feel embarrassed doing that? Some say:
- I don’t want to bother others
- I am not good at small talk
- It doesn’t feel authentic or sincere, it’s not me
We may also perceive the loss of our job as a loss of part of our worth.
Real or not, the barriers are there, so how we overcome them?
Let us know how you feel about networking and join us at the upcoming Smart Connections event on September 28th to learn more about how to network for success.
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