Day 3 Stats
Today started off pretty unruly. I woke up exhausted and off my game.
I was up way too late last night working and then chilling out with a little Perry Mason.
Since I knew I was attending an IRL networking opportunity later this evening, I needed to make certain I had plenty of energy to elevator pitch, meet a ton of new people and leave with a hiring manager’s contact information. I was gonna need a nap.
After assessing the tasks at hand for the day, and getting ready to dig in, I receive a phone call from an unknown number. I ALWAYS pick up calls these days because it could be someone calling to set up an interview and I definitely don’t want to miss that!
Unfortunately this was not that type of call….
Instead it was a call that reminded me that I forgot to take care of everyday life stuff that needs taking care of. I won’t go into details about the call but just so you know, it might be time to go to Andronico’s when you have 1 freezer- burned chicken breast in the freezer and some slimy asparagus and a whole lot of expired yogurt in the fridge. My thoughts were…I have coffee and pretzel chips, I’ll be fine.
Anyway. I took care of everything, ran errands, restocked fridge, got the dog her GOOD food and by the time I got started on the Cover Letter Game it was 2pm!
I did not nap, I got to work and managed to kick out 1 application and set up the outline (remember post from Day 1) for another Cover Letter Game that I will do tomorrow, because NETWORKING happens tonight!
I love networking. I’m pretty good at it. I like to network mostly from the comfort of my home, specific Meetups and the occasional Skype.
Let me tell you why networking only from home means you are doing it wrong. It really is true that networking is at least 80% of the job search. And by networking I mean via online social, word of mouth, meeting new people on your errands when people ask what you do for a living say “I AM A WEB DEVELOPER”- You don’t have to shout it but let me tell you I have gotten more quick freelance gigs just saying those 5 words when meeting someone in the street then I ever did posting “I am available for gigs” on Craigslist. You MUST leave the house to get the most out of networking! I like to go to The Park Chalet, I once turned down a babysitting gig there, but I picked up a WordPress role just by being visible and working on my laptop. Bottom line, get out there!! Go to a hiking or biking Meetup, attend conferences, ( I went to Box Dev and it was crazy good!) register for hiring events and connect and by all means go to every hackathon you can, my favourites this year were MBK in Oakland and Girl Develop It (GDI) neoHack15. This sounds so much easier than it is and if I am being honest, it is really hard for me personally as I sit on the edge of introvert/extrovert -so when I am “on” it takes almost every ounce of energy out of me and I actually need to re-energize for a few afterwards-it’s hard work people. If you have this same experience then here are a few like-hacks before attending that in person networking event that will keep you moving forward.
- Practice how you introduce yourself to people by editing your elevator pitch to TWEET-sized.
- Instead of collecting a million business cards, take pictures of cards with your phone and add to Dropbox with a note regarding something you spoke about with that person as a reminder.
- If an event is 3 hours or more, don’t fret, you should be able to get in and out of there and get what you need done in an hour or under. UNLESS of course you are having tons of fun and then by all means stay and make new friends. When I attended Hirepalooza back in June, I did a ton of research on the companies I wanted to speak to and hand carried CV’s and Business Cards. To my surprise very few of the companies I was interested in had a kiosk set-up and it was difficult to find them walking around. I spent about 45 minutes there and moved on. It was a great event, and I would HIGHLY recommend it, however, I realised I had done as much networking as I needed to within 45 minutes and I cut out.
- Wear your favourite interview outfit to any networking event. You will feel confident, comfortable and ready for business. It makes talking about yourself much easier when you feel and look confident.
- Get a good night’s rest the evening before the event.
In the end, networking is defined as whatever you want it to be, and for me, face to face networking events have been the surprise underdog of tools that pushed me above the fold in my job search.
I am super excited about meeting great people tonight at Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem (I don’t get out much so I thought this was a band name and was wondering how I was going to network with a live band playing.) and if you happen to be in the area, swing by and say HI! It would be great to meet you IRL!
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