|Trash Talking Your Way to a Job|
|Career Tips - Supersonic Searching Mondays|
|Written by Abby Kohut|
Although I continue to recommend that you become an active member of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, it is important not to underestimate the power of live networking. That being said, live networking happens when you plan it, and sometimes when you don't.
Of all my years of helping job seekers like you find jobs, the story that I heard this week takes the cake… in fact, it takes the entire bakery!
Did you ever think that taking out the trash can help you with your job search? Well apparently it does. Someone from an online networking group that I belong to posted this:
"NEVER underestimate the power of networking, even when you are throwing out the trash. That's how I found out about what turned out to be one of the best jobs in my career. I was at the trash dump in my condo complex and greeted a new homeowner. Next thing I know I have an interview, and an offer, at the company where she worked."
Anyone who has seen me speak knows that I have been talking about the Never Ending Interview for years. It's the concept that when you are in job search mode, you are always on an interview and should act accordingly, even at the trash can. In her post, this person said that she greeted the new homeowner. I'm sure that she did more than greet her. Rather than acting like Oscar the Grouch, I'm sure she asked friendly "getting to know you" questions that ultimately revealed an opportunity.
Your parents were wrong when they said don't talk to strangers. They should have said, "Once you become an adult, talk to strangers and offer to help them". Strangers are everywhere. They are on the long lines at Walmart. They are the neighbors you haven't had the guts to introduce yourself to yet. They are your bartenders. They are the people dressed up like goblins at your Halloween party. And, they don't have to be strangers forever as some of them might even turn into your new friends.
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Take advantage of every opportunity you have to start friendly conversations with strangers. You never know which one of them might actually have a job opportunity for you, or might pass you to their friend who does. Remember to include in your conversations offers to help them succeed in whatever way you can. One day that stranger may just lead you to the finish line.