“Redefine ‘networking.’ You are not ‘networking.’ You are connecting – sharing your knowledge, resources, time, energy, friends, associates, empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others”
– Keith Ferrazzi
60-70% of job vacancies are filled via networks and referrals.
80% of all career changers find jobs in their new professions via a referral (and not through recruiters or job sites).
90% of freelancers and start-ups find their first client via their network of contacts.
100% of the above stats are hearsay and not scientifically proven. But we know they’re fairly accurate based on what I’ve seen in the market.
Yet most of the people reading this find networking uncomfortable and avoid it as much as they can.
Here are 5 networking myths that need to be dispelled in order for you to re-frame the whole concept of networking.