Networking for Success…Think Being, Not Doing

Today, columnists JT O’Donnell and Dale Dauten of JT and Dale Talk Jobs included a quote from me in their Best of the Month – Career Resources Worth Checking Out:

J.T.: A lot of job-search advice boils down to more and better networking. That assertion always frustrates people who aren’t naturally outgoing. Those who think of networking as mere “schmoozing” will always struggle. Networking is about sharing information, about being genuinely interested in what you might learn from others and what others might learn from you. You don’t need to be a smooth talker or the life of the party to network properly. There’s a great discussion of this in a blog written by a fellow career coach, Miriam Salpeter. Find it at I particularly like this quote: “I try to think of networking as a way of BEING instead of something to DO.”

In light of today’s economic situation, it has never been more clear how important it is to network effectively and with goals in mind. Stay tuned next week for more about how to network well, including a post about people who actually found their jobs using Twitter!

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1 Response to “Networking for Success…Think Being, Not Doing”

  1. 1 Louisa September 23, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I really like how you define networking as a way to share information rather than a way of “schmoozing”. If people look at it this way then they may find it easier to network, especially those who aren’t naturally outgoing. I work for a staffing company, Hollister Staffing ( and encourage my clients to network as much as possible, it is amazing what it can do for you professionally and personally.

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