It’s not all about what you do. Very often, more often than not, it’s about who you know.
Trust me, there are plenty of other hungry, talented people who want the same spot that you do. Having any kind of edge can be the difference between you getting your dream job or that next client.
One of the biggest advantages that you can have is a solid network. If you are able to surround yourself with likeminded people, if you are able to build real and lasting relationships, new doors will open up that you never even knew were there.
Let’s say that you’re applying for your dream job. You may not know this, but there are ten other candidates that they have interviewed, some that they really like and some that have made it to the next round of the interview.
You walk in off the street with a good (not great, but good) résumé. You kill it in the interview, you answer all the questions right, you are charming and smart, but for some reason your phone isn’t ringing.
You call back to follow up and you find out someone else got the job. You don’t know this, but the boss’ son had a friend who was in the field and needed work. Although they wanted to check out other candidates, this kid had the job before you even walked in the door.
Seems unfair, right? Not really. Let’s look at the next scenario.
You walk into an interview for a killer job, just as prepared as Scenario 1. Once again, you knock it out of the park. You’re quick witted, you say all the right things and you let them know how much you want the job. You leave feeling good about what went down.
Two days later, your phone rings. You got the job!
What was different this time? Everything seems exactly the same, right?
Well, what I didn’t tell you about this scenario is that you had a leg up. You didn’t just walk in unknown off the street.
Your friend Chris already works at the company you interviewed with and he made sure to put in a great word. He spoke very highly of you and because he is well respected at the company, they took his word into pretty sincere consideration.
Sure, you nailed the interview, but it was Chris’ word that put you over the edge.
This is a prime example of what a good network can do for you. If you are able to properly leverage your network, you will be able to achieve far more than you would have ever been able to do on your own.
Don’t be afraid to call in favors when you need them. You’ll have your turn to be in the same position later and you can help someone else to achieve their goals by putting in the right word with the right person.
Build your network, talk to new people and make friends. You never know when that network will come in handy!
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