We just had a fabulous Q&A in the CFO–Career–Forum on internal and external networking. While some executives take to networking like a duck to water, it doesn’t always come as easily to those in the finance field.
So when I stumbled across Liz Ryan’s excellent article on the differences between entrepreneurial and coporate networkers, I had to share it with you. Here’s what got my attention, because it validates the discussion we had last week in the Forum …
“The difference between corporate types and entrepreneurial ones was really brought home to me when I attended an all-corporate event here in Denver. I couldn’t figure out why the audience was downright torpid. Finally, a friend of mine pulled me aside and said: "Their companies have sent these folks. Each company bought a table and sent over enough employees to fill it. They don’t see the need to network, and see things like this as an obligation."
“Then I understood why this group was so lackluster—and I couldn’t help comparing them to the entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs were jazzed to meet one another, while the corporate people milled about in their own company groupings, speaking to strangers as little as possible.”
“How can a person read the newspaper and listen to the radio and not realize that what seems like the world’s most secure corporate job could be gone tomorrow? I would hate to be a laid-off corporate person hitting the networking circuit for the first time when I desperately needed a new job.”
I just posted an article on Networking from a recruiter’s perspective at the CMI Blog. And here’s the bottom line: networking is a long–term career management strategy that can position you so you never have look for a job again.
As a finance executive in today’s volatile market, wouldn’t it make sense to devote 5–10 minutes a day in a professional development activity that can help you land your next opportunity … particularly if it meant you never had to hunt for your next position?