Hunting for Easter EggsPosted: April 3, 2021 Filed under: Networking | Tags: Job Search, Networking, persistence Leave a comment
Tomorrow is Easter. Spring is here, the pandemic appears to be waning, and there is an atmosphere of hope in the air that we haven’t felt for a long time. Hopefully, you will be able to spend some time with family and friends this weekend, and maybe you’ll get to hunt for Easter eggs.
In my family there is a tradition of hiding plastic eggs in and around the house, supposedly left by the Easter Bunny, and then allowing the children to hunt for those eggs. Inside the eggs might be candy, money, small toys, or maybe stickers. For me, the best eggs had chocolate in them, next came those with money (pennies and nickels), and then toys, and way at the bottom of the list were stickers. I never was much of a sticker kind of kid.
Networking can sometimes feel like an Easter egg hunt. You race around, looking in every corner, under every branch, and under every rock, hoping to find an egg (a new contact). And then you find someone who is willing to talk with you and you arrange a meeting. In your mind, you hope that when you open this contact they will pour out a mountain of chocolate eggs (new contacts). It will be glorious! But, when you finally crack open that egg, you find a wrinkled SpongeBob sticker.
Networking is a process. Every contact you meet will not hold the key to your future. But somebody does. If you work hard enough, there is a high likelihood that someone that you meet will lead you to your next job. Somebody will introduce you to somebody, who will introduce you to somebody, who has been looking for a person just like you. So, if you happen to open a whole carton of eggs filled with stickers, don’t stop. Your chocolate egg is still out there. Keep hunting.
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