Well, this networking is very much actual, not virtual like what I wrote in my last post. With me is a Roger Eglin article, Charm your way into a job, from UK’s The Sunday Times, in which he says to:
Throw your tired old CV into the bin and network your way into a new position. Research shows that it can work for all age groups..
A lively story it is that urges serious job-seekers to reach out and mix with people and who knows that may well land one a good job he hasn’t otherwise imagined. What are the traits that are crucial for successful networking? Here are 5 of them that I excerpt from the article:
- Strong self-belief with clear life and career goals and a set of priorities.
- Genuine concern for other people and interest in them as opposed to being interested in things. Good listeners who can engage with people.
- Unashamed humility. These people are never afraid to ask for help.
- Persuasive energy. They are able to persuade people to see them in a very positive way.
- Colourful courage. Having the courage to try networking or take a risk.
In his story Roger says that a survey brings out that among those below 35, 25% got jobs through networking. Between 35 and 50 years of age, the success rate was 50%, and above 50 years the figure was as high as 80%.
As in jobs, so in other fields, the success in life clearly depends on well you can network, and how affable and charming you can afford to be. As I write this, it’s a lesson for me to learn and imbibe, as much as I believe it perhaps is for others who happen to read it.