I got my new job as a direct result of the long-term investments I have made in my career. Specifically, the networking aspect played a big role in making this happen.
Last week, Ted, someone I knew through my networking, referred a recruiter to me. The recruiter was looking to fill a specific position, and Ted told him to contact me because I was someone who knows people. I helped the recruiter identify a couple of people who might be good candidates. Hopefully we’ll find a good match, making the skills holder, the recruiter, and the client company all happy – a win, win, win, win, win scenario. The fourth and fifth wins? That’s me! I get that great feeling from having helped someone (several someones!), and I have people who are grateful to me for helping them and are willing to help back.
Maybe that will pay off directly, maybe it won’t, but that doesn’t really matter. because these people will come away from our interaction with the knowledge that I am someone to go to when they need help locating a candidate or finding a job. And maybe that future interaction will lead to a contact that directly leads to a personal benefit, or maybe it will just help the world to be a better, happier place.
And just to demonstrate that you see what you are looking for, last week also saw a posting to the LinkedIn group for Launch Pad Job Club pointing to a little feature from LinkedIn Labs that maps your connections and their interconnectedness. Here is my map:
Mapping your connections probably won’t directly benefit you at all. Even its indirect utility is not obvious, even to me.
Even so, I found the perspective it gave me interesting. Looking at the map, I can’t help but see it in terms of where I am in all of this. Obviously, since the map is about me, there I am in the center of the universe, the height of hubris. And yet, the muddled mass on the right represents Austinites who network, and the other groups are connected to that region by… me. I am the connector, at the center of that universe. Or, at the very least, there is an opportunity to make myself the center.
I choose to put myself at the center by utilizing my network to help others, making it about them instead of me. I recommend that you reach out to your network and see what help you can offer.
What do you see when you visualize your network? Do you get value from the visualization besides perspective?
How can I help you reach your goals?