Old Contacts Are The Best
Bruce is a natural networker, outgoing, center of attention kind of guy. He had not only called me, he had gotten the contact list from our fraternity and called every brother on record who had graduated from Rutgers from 1965 – 1990. (He was able to get the list because he used to be a volunteer advisor to the Chapter in 1980‘s). Bruce called everybody on the list. What brother isn‘t going to answer the call from another brother? One of the guys he called, who was 10+ years older than both of us had just invested in a startup company and they needed a CFO.
To make a long story short, guess who had a very warm introduction and got the job? And what did I do in return, I reached out to everyone I knew for Bruce. No, I didn‘t get Bruce a job, but I did get him some interviews. And when he ended up in sales and had stuff to sell, guess who found a way to buy some of his company‘s products? And after I left that company and started my own consultancy (branded theCFO.com) one of my first clients was the guy who Bruce introduced me to. The one who had hired me as CFO also became one of my first clients when I started out on my own. Life is easier now, and networking is too. Both of those guys are among the 400+ contacts I keep a little closer to now with LinkedIn. This is all networking, like connecting the dots. They are there to connect, if you do the work.
I bet you also know your own Bruce, and he knows the guy who may hire you. I was lucky that time, Bruce happened to be reaching out for my help. I was not smart enough then to reach out for help like he did. Now I know better. You can be Bruce, with your own network because you know more people than you think you know. Or you can find the Bruce you already know. Most people really do want to help, find them and let them. They will be the same people looking for you some day.
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