While a majority of filled positions are due to “who you know,” connecting is not the point of networking.
How often are you looking for a new job? In 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal, Dan Miller shares that “the average job is 3.2 years in length, meaning the average person will have 14 to 16 different jobs in his/her working lifetime.”
Networking isn’t a 3.2 year occurrence. It’s not a date you can set on your calendar. You can’t attend the local Chamber event once a year to show your face. It needs to be an ongoing process.
So, although every 3.2 years you may need to use a connection to find new employment, what happens during that in-between period?