Learning to network

January 24, 2007

You can be too busy to learn, but should never be too busy to network

Filed under: career, Manage my network, Self-marketing, Social Media — Arthur M. Gallagher @ 9:19 pm

This channel has been quiet recently, as I have spent more time executing than learning. Executing work for clients, executing the enrichment of my network, and executing steps towards my next career move. All very sensible things to do, and they allow one learning curve to flatten out, consolidating into experience, before the next curve launches upwards.

I have actually been doing some family networking, which is quite enjoyable, as I rarely get the opportunity to spend time with my myriad cousins, aunts and uncles. This is how come the family forums we set up have been most refreshing.

The subject for this post, however, is one of those jolts that periodically remind us what are the more important things to focus on. Its all well and good to perform well, keeping our current managers and customers happy with the services we give them, but it critical to keep an eye on that future supply line. Jason Alba talks about how few of the 60 layoffs were actively promoting their own career which might not have been surprising, were they not at at the career management social networking service Jobster.

Virtually all of us – every person employed by, partnered with or serving almost any company – are actually in very similar positions. Any of us could have see our contract to serve withdrawn, or even an entire client company disolve, in the blink of an eye. We would be most likely to have no prior warning at all, and would be powerless to prevent it. However the one thing we can all be doing, even whilst faithfully serving our current masters to best of our ability, is making sure that we are always ready to make our next career move, whether its of our own choosing or not.

  • Know where you most want your career to take you
  • Keep your resume and online career profiles up to date
  • Nurture your network, by being there when your friends need you, so they can be there the day you need them

Some of us are lucky, and major career jolts can turn into great opportunities. Just in case, though, its best to ensure you create your own luck, rather than leaving things too much to chance.


  1. I agree. In particular, it is incredibly important to keep your eye on the end goal, the career you want. Sometimes you can’t control outside forces, but you certainly can control how you react to them. Stay focused and persistent and ALWAYS MOVE FORWARD, don’t allow yourself to get stuck or depressed. Finally, learn from your mistakes. If something isn’t working don’t bury your head in the sand and hope it fixes itself…it probably won’t. Change your strategy until you find something that does work. This is what separates those who are successful from those who aren’t.

    -Christopher Dunn
    Author, “Job Hunting Secrets Revealed – Get Your Dream Job & Name Your Own Salary”

    To read the first chapter of this book go to:

    Comment by Christopher Dunn — January 24, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

  2. Thanks for your comments, Christopher, which re-enforce the points well. Also thanks for the link to your site (even though it’s advertising 😉 )

    I have read the first chapter of your book and found it inspiring, practical and very much in line with my own beliefs. I look forward to finding time to try out your exercises.

    Comment by artemgy — January 25, 2007 @ 2:06 am

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