So, I might have told you I’m working on a thesis to finally, after a million years, finish my masters in journalism. Just kidding..it’s only been 9 years.
Anyway, what I didn’t mention is the thesis is about networking. Well, I think it’s about networking.
You see I have a theory.
I’ve noticed some of my Klein College graduates at Temple University who didn’t necessarily have the most amazing resume with the best experience or GPA or internships still land some pretty good jobs.
Well, let me back up. Most students who do all of the above get good jobs, so you should still do all of the above if you are a Temple student reading this.
BUT…there are some outliers.
And I’m curious about them. How did they get a great job straight out of the box in media and communication without doing everything I said they needed to do. (How dare they!)
No, really good for them. BUT, I want to know how. And I think the how is NETWORKING.
Networking…it’s WORK people!
My friend, author, speaker Todd Cohen, says Networking is WORK. Networking is really helping others, a “what can I do to serve you” kind of attitude; a sincere attitude and philosophy. And when that’s the way you live, your network works for you too.
My research diving into the sociology academic archives shows those with lots of “weak ties” do quite well. Weak ties are not the people you socialize with. They are folks you connect with along the way, through others.
I’ve often said, if you are looking for a new job, stop networking in the same network. Your network knows all about the same opportunities you do. But, if you can connect with new networks you learn about different opportunities. Make sense? That’s what I’m talking about. That’s the “weak tie” networking theory.
Anyway, media and communications is a pretty tight, hard to break into, business sometimes. What can trump experience, skills, GPA, activities, and everything else?
Heck, I got my current job that I love through networking. A lunch, led to another lunch, led to an interview, led to an opportunity. Almost every speaking engagement? You guessed it!
Did you get your last job through networking or applying blindly for a position? (I rest my case.)
One recent LinkedIn survey says 85% of those polled networked their way to their last job.
Still, you have to consciously work on stepping outside your comfort zone and your regular network of friends, family, co-worker network to make this networking thing work.
Did I tell you about the woman I met on a plane?
We hung out in Nashville. I introduced her to someone back here in Philly who happened to be looking for someone just like her and BOOM…new job. I wish it worked like that all of the time. It doesn’t but if this now friend of mine hadn’t started talking to me on the plane, none of that would have happened. She’s an amazing networker.
Just saying, dare ya. Expand your world. Network outside of your network.
I think I’m right about the networking theory.
I’ll keep you posted on the thesis.
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