Last week I was in an alumni board meeting when an alumnus spoke about networking being an ongoing event and not a quick fix. He compared the latter approach to college students (or anyone for that matter) who show up to the gym the two weeks prior to going on Spring Break. These individuals work out like crazy and expect to see immediate results – and they are only rewarded with pain.
Physical workouts need to be a daily routine within an overall wellness effort in order to see results. Networking needs to be a daily routine within an overall job search in order to generate results. And just like working out for 5 hours and then eating an entire pizza will result in a net “no gain” in physical wellness, networking is also only part of a well-balanced career search along with resume refinement, company research, practice interviewing, etc.
In life there are very few quick fixes. Embrace the concept of a long horizon or journey in one’s career and begin the healthy job search habits now for a lifetime of career wellness.