If you’ve ever gone fishing, you probably have a story about “the one that got away” – the fish that, had you been able to reel it in, would be mounted on your wall, proudly boasting your achievement as a fisherman (or fisherwoman!). But by some stroke of poor luck, it simply slipped away.
Most of us have experienced something similar when it comes to the job search. You know you’re the perfect fit. But before you can even get an interview, the opportunity swims away. And – just like with that darn fish – we can’t stop thinking about it! We obsess. “What did I do wrong?!?”
What it usually comes down to is that we don’t use the right networking techniques and strategies necessary to be successful.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Networking is the key to reeling in the catch of your career. I even wrote a book about it, From Fish Story To Success Story, in which I break down a variety of networking strategies and best practices that will help you make the right connections and maximize your network.
Now, this post wasn’t meant to try and sell my book. Its purpose is to remind you that you have options. Just as a fisherman tries different bait and lures, you must try different approaches to networking. Whether it’s a book, insight from a Career Coach or simply getting your attitude in the right place, a focused strategic networking approach will help you reel in the big one!
How about you? If you’ve been there before, please share what it is about networking that you had to learn before you could reel in your career catch!