Hate Networking? Call It Something Else.

1065245_handshakeWhile true networking is about generosity, the term has a sleazy connotation for some people. Many job seekers feel it’s all about “hitting someone up for something.” They may have even been aggressively approached for a favor and vowed never to be “that” person.  Even when people understand how to effectively network – by building long-term relationships and asking AND offering help – they still may resist. And it might not even be clear to them why!

The solution might be simple – try “socializing,” “meeting new people,” or “keeping in touch” instead. I’ve recently seen a few of my clients make a mental shift just by reframing this term. Still not convinced? Ask yourself if there’s anything wrong with:

-sending an email to a former colleague to say hi

-volunteering to serve on a professional association’s membership committee

-asking someone for advice on transitioning into their field

Most would agree these are all low pressure ways to stay visible and establish trust with professionals who might be in a position to hire. But if defining these activities as “networking” is what’s holding you back, experiment with referring to it by another name. It’s worth a try!


Photo Credit: Handshake, by FOTOCROMO

About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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