This week I have to tell you a hard truth related to both of those topics. If you want to create a 21-century career — one that is financially fulfilling, intellectually stimulating, and connects you to your purpose and vision— you’re probably not going to find it on a job board.
Regardless of how easy and attractive online job boards like Monster and Indeed might be, and regardless of the number of job seekers using those tools, statistics still show that 74.5% of people get jobs through networking.
I’m assuming this is not news to you. We hear these statistics all the time. Yet, most of us still do very little to expand our networks even when we want a new career. I think it’s because we don’t understand what a network is or how to create it.
As a verb, networking brings to mind large conference rooms with people in suits and name tags milling about, feeling awkward. There is nothing inspiring about career transformation if that’s what you have to endure to get it. Thankfully, you don’t. Instead, you can decide to expand your network, as a noun.
Expanding your network means that you increase the circle of people who know you and what you do and learn about what others do in return. You don’t have to attend a networking event to do that. You can expand your circle by talking to your neighbor or a clerk at the store. The only requirement of networking in this context is that you start to share more of yourself with people. You tell them what you do now and talk honestly about where you want to go in the future.
As mentioned earlier, even though most of us know the importance of networking, we don’t do it because of cultural norms and social conditioning that create mental barriers. Here are 3 of the most common obstacles:
To get past these obstacles, you don’t need a better search engine or job board. You need support and accountability. In other words, you need a coach. Coaching is a tool that helps you overcome the conditioning and social norms that hold us back from the things we really want in our lives. It’s not magic. It’s a strategy that works.
So if you are committed to creating a career on purpose, it’s time to drop the job boards and focus on overcoming your barriers to networking. You’ll get where you want to go a lot faster if you do.
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