I’m working on a project designed to provide solutions for executives who find themselves “suddenly” back in the job market – if you get my drift. In the course of my research, I was having a conversation yesterday with a former Pitney-Bowes executive, now business owner, who was previously in just that situation. He was living overseas as one of their Directors of European business and, after five years overseas and 16 years with the organization, he was repatriated and unceremoniously released….
Sounds bad doesn’t it?
But it gets worse….
He and his family had relocated to Florida to be closer to their daughter just prior to his expatriation, placing him in completely unfamiliar territory for his job hunt and one in which he had absolutely no contacts.
He was not willing to relocate – “I’ve had enough of that over the past 5 years, thank you very much.” – and he serviced such a specialized part of the market that it was difficult to find a job. He did eventually find one that didn’t work out and hence began his journey to entrepreneurship…
I asked him this question, “If someone came to you today in the exact same situation that you were in, what is the one indispensable piece of advice you would offer them?’
Here’s what he said….
I would tell them to network until they are blue in the face. Networking is like having an insurance policy. He then proceeded to share how different he thinks his journey might have been had he been an effective networking departing corporate America. Of course, now as a business owner, networking is part of his core business strategy.
What would happen to your circle if you thought of your network as your life insurance policy? What if you haven’t yet met the people that could be the most service to you in the event of a career interruption?
Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst.
If you aren’t great at networking, make it a goal to add just 5 people to your network each month. At the end of the year, you’ll have 60 new friends AND as importantly, you’ll have access to THEIR friends and THEIR friends and THEIR friend and THEIR friends…..
Networking not only gets your name out their but it’s an opportunity for people to know your reputation BEFORE unexpected things happen.
You were born to be great.
YES, you can!