It’s funny the way we often forget that the people we know best, our close relatives, are a great resource for networking. Believe it or not, they know other people! And some of those other people just might be the person you’ve been desperate to meet…even if you didn’t realize it.
I got thinking about this as I drove home from dinner at my sister’s house last night. My niece and nephew happened to be there…with a plan to take advantage of their uncle Steve it turned out. My niece recently ended a 3 year stint as a super salesperson for Tiffany’s. She figured it’s time to use her degree in communication and her outgoing personality to do something more than sell expensive jewelry.
My nephew just graduated with a degree in journalism with a particular interest in sports. Actually he’s a ridiculously crazy sports nut. Even though he worked for the Boston Globe during college and has articles published in slouchy newspapers such as the New York Times, it’s a tough business to break into.
They were very clever as they took turns subtlety mentioning how I was a great networker and knew lots of people…then building up to some random comments about how hard it is to meet people who might have good jobs available. They mentioned to other people at dinner how they both had these great resumes designed to perfectly describe their excellent skills and work experience…making sure I was listening, of course.
It wasn’t til dinner was over that they actually got around to directly asking me to help them out with some spectacular introductions. I have to tell you, I was incredibly impressed with how they built up to the Big Ask.
While thinking about this on my way home it occurred to me how valuable relatives are for this sort of thing. They know you, they want you to be successful, they want to help you, and most importantly they want you to get a good job so they won’t have to support you or lend you any more money. And if it’s parents they really want to use your room for an office or workshop.
So look around, think about all your relatives, tell them what you’re doing and what you’re looking for. You never know if they just happen to have a friend from the bowling league who was asking them about that very topic while trying to encourage them to bowl a perfect game.
Oh, before I end, if you happen to be looking for an absolutely exceptional, intelligent, educated, experienced, reliable, outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable person to help you out with sales or marketing or communications or publications or most anything along those lines, let me know. I just might have the perfect person for you.