When I figured “it” out (it = my job search), everything changed.
The biggest change was in my happiness and excitement. I was jazzed about life and my job search.
Because I had figured out what I could GIVE.
I couldn’t give money, or lunches, or anything that would be out-of-pocket.
Even $10, like what I blogged about yesterday, was out of the question. How could I give $10 to someone when one of my kids needed food, or shoes, or ____ (there’s always something, right?)?
But then I figured “it” out. I could give something to those who needed it most (my fellow job seekers) that would be much more valuable than money, or a free lunch, or breakfast.
This was even more valuable than my TIME.
I could give them an introduction to someone they needed to know.
A networking introduction.
Try this: Go to a job search meeting (you know, the ones that meet weekly) and listen for an opportunity. When someone says they are looking for contacts at XYZ company, or in ABC company, or with this-or-that job title, say “talk to me after the meeting, I have a lead for you.”
If you listen hard I bet you’ll be able to pass on names to at least five different people (I’m assuming you are out networking the rest of the week, and increasing your own personal network). The best I’ve ever seen this was at a network meeting in the Minneapolis area (Lonny Gulden knows all the networking meetings there). There were about 100 people in the room in a big circle. As people gave their 30 second pitch, others in the room would jump up and walk a business card over to them and say:
“Talk to me after the meeting, I have a contact at that company for you.”
It was AWESOME.
When I went to network meetings and started doing this I became happier. I didn’t go to GET, I went to GIVE. And GIVE. And GIVE. And my demeanor changed. And my focus changed. And my relationships at those meetings changed.
And others started to give ME leads.
Don’t worry about not being able to give buck$ and food – focus on giving contacts (what’s better, doing a virtual introduction).
I bet your job search will change.