Networking - What am I missing?
March 30, 2010 10:37 AM Subscribe
I think networking is the missing element to my rather unsuccessful job search effort. Any suggestions as to how I could grow my network usefully? How much about "networking" is hype?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
In the past almost-year since finishing law school, I have applied to a few hundred jobs. I've had two interviews, and I got my current job by way of the first of those two interviews. It's at a local university, essentially glorified data entry. Not enough money, no room to advance, and it's only temporary. More significantly, I'm not developing any useful skills.
I think that's the problem -- I don't have any specialized experience. I have a liberal arts degree and a law degree (but no law license). My resume is definitely weak, in those respects.
Friends and coworkers have emphasized to me the importance of networking. It's all I have to go on, at the moment, considering that nothing else is working.
The two big questions:
(1) How do I sell myself to someone, despite my lack of experience or particular education? People in my network have verbally offered their help in my job search, but it seems like they can't do much for me, given those deficiencies.
(2) Just as my education and background lack focus (given my disinterest in practicing law), my job search also lacks focus. Truthfully, there are plenty of careers I'd probably enjoy, but I have the credentials for none of them. I've heard of people "stumbling into" a career, and that's probably my only hope for finding a career I like. Most of my contacts are lawyers, unemployed lawyers, or folks in fields in which I don't qualify even at the entry-level. That said, who should I be meeting, networking-wise, and under what circumstances?