If networking makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. But it’s an essential part of the job-search process and it can help you get back to work if you’ve taken time off for treatment and recovery after a cancer diagnosis.
A recent article in Business Insider shared a tip on how to switch your attitude around networking, to make the process easier: “The key to feeling more comfortable with networking is thinking of yourself as someone with something to give.” The fact is, networking can feel more doable and less awkward when you believe you have something to offer the person you’re connecting with. And keep in mind that what you’re “giving” doesn’t have to be something tangible or specific, like a job. It could be valuable knowledge you have about a certain topic or process. For example, those who are younger and just starting to build their careers can provide information on generational trends or new technologies.
The most important thing to remember is that relationships are a two-way street — and networking isn’t a situation in which you’re simply using someone; rather it’s a back-and-forth process in which you both have things to offer.
For the complete Business Insider article, click here.