Laurie Swanson Blog

I'm happily employed. I think I'll look for a job.

Part of what I do to grow my business is network. 

I am a member of different organizations. I pay dues, attend meetings, repost their news and volunteer when I can. 
This particular morning, I had a meeting with a potential new group that someone had recommended I attend.
As I lay in bed, after turning off my alarm, I thought of all the reasons not to attend:  
  • It was raining. 
  • It was early. 
  • I had plenty of groups. 
  • They wouldn’t miss me. 
  • I could attend next month.  
I had a million excuses.
Then it struck me that this is very much like being happily employed. 
  • You don’t have to network. 
  • You don’t need to make new connections. 
  • Who will know if you attend a meetup or just stay home?
  • No need to update a resume that no one is going to read.
  • That new purse at Nordstroms seems like a much better way to spend your money.
Why bother? 

Why I got out of bed

Why I got out of bed, got dressed and grabbed my umbrella is because it was something I did not HAVE to do. 
It was an opportunity.  
  • An opportunity to meet new people.
  • A chance to help someone.
  • A possible connection for new business or future a job 
I was gathering information. It did not mean I had to join this new group.
Similarly, meeting someone for coffee does not mean you are turning in your resignation.


Hindsight is 20/20

I was talking with a coaching client who had recently opted not to relocate with her company.

She took advantage of the outplacement services and felt great about it!

Her resume and LinkedIn profiles were ready to go.

Then, and I am totally behind this decision by the way, she took a couple of months off and traveled on her severance.  Because she could.
Now it was time to start looking for her next opportunity.
About two weeks after connecting with her colleagues from her previous positions, applying for some jobs online and making some new connections on LinkedIn, she realized what she wished she had known when still happily employed.
She was great at building an internal network of connections but had not taken the time to build an external network as well.
And now it mattered.
Now she wished she had bothered.


3 Things You Can Do To Build Your External Network

  1. Call a recruiter who recruits in your industry. Recruiters are a powerful external connection.
  2. Volunteer at an upcoming event where people in your industry congregate
  3. Share your genius-offer to mentor someone new to your industry, sponsor someone at your company who is in need of career advancement advice or speak at a local conference.  
The good news- you are NOT looking for a job. This is the best time to make connections and get to know people. The pressure is off.
The bonus-when you are looking for that next career move-by choice or circumstance-the connections you made while you were happily employed will make the distance to your next career shorter.
Like a recruiter, a coach is also a great connection. I happen to be both so why aren’t you contacting me?

Call me at 630/260-7821 or email at

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