Networking. It’s a thing, y’all. And, if you’re serious about your career, it is the thing that you need to pursue passionately, continuously, and head on.
It’s what brought me to greenlight. As the newest addition to this family, I have to share this valuable piece of wisdom I’ve acquired in my professional career.
Here’s a real-life example. I recently took the plunge and decided to change careers. I knew what I wanted to be doing and the type of company I wanted to be a part of, but had no idea how to get there. So where do you start when you’ve been out of the “job hunting” game for 8 years? You bite your lip and send an email to 86 of your closest friends, family members, professional colleagues and acquaintances seeking help and professional connections.
Fun fact: 85% of all jobs are found via networking.
From that one ballsy email, I scored 18 coffee meetings, six interviews, two job offers, and my final destination at greenlight (insert all celebratory emojis).
I didn’t let it stop there. Why? Because I learned that networking challenges you and forces you to stay sharp when most folks are looking to get comfortable.
So keep connecting, keep learning, and always return the favor by helping others on their career path. As your circle grows, so does your inner peace of mind.
Now get out there and seek new perspectives! I hope to shake your hand one day.
-Cory Elford, Account Coordinator