I peruse a number of magazines and newspapers every day to get a feel about whats going on in the world. Oftentimes, however, the most interesting things I read are not necessarily on the front page of a newspaper or in the first half of a magazine; they sometimes are buried in the back pages or in brief items. Every once in a while I find something that really catches my attention.
One was in the Wall Street Journal that referenced an article in Forbes magazine. The Forbes piece is about networking while looking for work. In the business world, networking can be essential to climbing the career ladder. Name me a salesperson who doesnt network at various gatherings and Ill show you someone who isnt doing a very good job of selling. Yet there is a little different twist to this whole matter of networking and it has a great deal of significance for all of us.
The article starts off with a question: If humans are inherently social beings, why do most job seekers find networking so difficult? Barbara Ehrenreich, a journalist and advocate for low-wage workers and the unhappily employed, has some interesting insights about networking. She states that job seekers who have problems reaching out to professional contacts arent necessarily socially impaired.