Career Coach: Life Lesson: You Are Not Your Job
My entire business is built on networking. When I lived in Los Angeles I went to as many animation and visual effects events as I could. I was actively involved in local chapters of Women in Animation and SIGGRAPH, producing the Career Boot Camp in 1998 and 1999. I joined the Visual Effects Society, participated on the education committee, and presented at some of the workshops. I heard about jobs and opportunities from friends I made at these meetings. I told friends I met about jobs and opportunities. I got involved in giving to the community and learned that building relationships for the long haul was the key to my business and to my life. The hardest aspect of networking for me is to keep in touch with all the terrific people I’d like to stay in touch with. Networking is about friends helping each other with resources, introductions, referrals and maybe even jobs.
Networking brings out other facets of your life that you might not have explored before. Networking gives you a chance to learn about new opportunities. When you speak to new people you get a glimpse of different jobs or careers.
You have a lot to offer the world–take the time to discover what that is. It might surprise you and your former employer.
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is a recruiter, career coach, speaker and writer. Realizing she is not her job, she has reinvented herself many times. She contributed to the books Eclectic Collage 1 and Eclectic Collage 2: The Relationships of Life, which you can find on Amazon.com. You can reach Pamela at PamRecruit@q.com.