Thursday, February 26, 2009

Job Searching

Over three thousand people turned out at the Columbus Zoo the other day for a job fair. Looking at a picture, there was one thing that stood out. I can't find one example where someone while networking seems to be exchanging personal information. A card, a piece of paper, a handshake....anything.

In the world we live in today, networking is the key to finding opportunity.

Many in that line probably drilled a dry hole with companies they interviewed with.

But how many people in that line might get hired in the future and remembered talking to a really neat person who could fill a role in a company but they have no idea that person was or how to contact them.

Or what if someone in the that line comes up with their own business idea and needs the talent of the person they just spent two hours in line with and have no idea who they are.

Always, always, always exchange information and stay in touch. That chance meeting could turn out to be the opportunity of a lifetime.


Ben said...

That's a great point.

After reading Seth Godin's latest book Tribes, your post made me think that if all those people in line said, "let's start a tribe" or business, the people behind tables might find themselves stepping out and joining the lines instead - maybe.

Chris Johnston. said...


There probably would have been a stampede.

Jen said...

Putting yourself in the position of maintaining an acquaintance with someone who may or may not become important later on is ALWAYS a good plan. You never know who's watching. I've learned this in my own career, and it's been beneficial.

It's not always easy to bring yourself out of your shell to maintain contacts, so one must always strive to do networking...even when it isn't comfortable.