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The Magic of Networking

June 3rd, 2010

Ironically enough, I was asked to write a brief article entitled The Magic of Networking as part of a job application that I thought I’d share. The challenge wasn’t writing it but rather being concise (230 words). Oh! If any one happens to know someone involved with marketing a movie please let me know.

Liquid Luck is a potion that grants to whoever drinks it unusually good luck. In the Half-Blood Prince, one of the Harry Potter books, Harry uses it to acquire what seems like a near unattainable item.

No, Harry wasn’t looking for a job though I’m sure he experienced some of the same frustrations that the rest of us have felt on a job search. However, there is a magical solution to our job search—it’s networking.

Networking is how the majority of people find a job (between 60-90% depending on whose spell book you believe). The steps needed to be successful aren’t nearly as complex as a Polyjuice Potion but it does take some effort. Just follow the formula below and before you can say Merlin’s Beard you’ll be well on your way to an interview for your dream job.

  1. Decide what you are interested in
  2. Make a list of 5 people that you know and tell them what you’re interested in and then ask, “Who are 5 people I should be talking to in order to learn more about…?”
  3. Then contact the next 5 and say “So-and-so said you’d be a good person to talk with about…” Continue the conversation by repeating the previous step.

 Always let others arrange something or refer you to someone. Everyone likes to be a hero and work a little magic.

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