How do I network when I don't know what I want
September 9, 2013 4:12 PM Subscribe
I am moving to a new city for personal reasons and I need to find a job. This weekend I will be in the new city and will go to the pub where my school's local alumni club for that city is meeting. I'd like to make a good impression on the people that I meet, and, in doing so, to productively advance my job search.
The problem? I don't know what I want to do. How do I make a good first impression without having a direction?
posted by anonymous to work & money (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I joke that I am a recovering attorney -- graduated law school right in time for the economy to crash, caught up in the legal downturn, hung a shingle and couldn't make that work. Because of very many bad experiences, and virtually no good ones, working for other attorneys and on my own, I'm very hesitant to try to practice again in my new city. My skin crawls when I think about it.
At present, I do a boring desk job, mostly involving excel, for a big faceless corporation, which is generally boring but otherwise a fine job. I feel like I have a lot of talents and skills but no idea how to sum them up in a way that indicates that I'd be a good fit at any particular job or career. My experience has been, as well, that people can't get past the word "Lawyer." Even the career counselor I hired this summer kept pushing me to practice law instead of helping me figure out what I want to do (I paid him a lot of my savings so I can't afford another career counselor right now).
I want to network with people this weekend and find a job. I don't know how to do that. I don't know what to ask for, or ask about. What should I do?