Does networking actually help your job search? | The Tylt
Does networking actually help your job search?
A résumé is a faceless entity. Hiring managers receive a metric crap-ton per day, all stating the same things, all with credentials just as good as the next. How is a PDF supposed to convey just how awesome you are? How’s it supposed to show the world you’re a 3D entity with feelings, passions, needs? It can’t. So buy a couple of business cards and deal ‘em out like the boss future boss you are.
Networking works on multiple beneficial levels. First and foremost is getting a foot in the door, career-wise. Then there’s the overall aspect of socializing and potentially meeting a lot of great people. This world is so flat and digital; why not try making it organic again?
The secret to getting a job is that there’s no secret to getting a job. People who somehow think sidling up to some exec or whomever and faking being friendly is going to get a position are kidding themselves. Your experience and hard work get you a position. Everything else is fluff. We all know people just go to job fairs for the catered lunches, anyway.
Networking is no guarantee you’ll get an offer, or even an in-person interview. You think just because someone’s put a face to a name and took your business card really means they’ll reel you in? No siree, Bob. They all have their own things occupying their brain; they don’t really care about giving some random person a shot at an open role. Just keep plugging, and try not to let The Man get you down.