As layoffs continue to hit a lot of us, it means that even more of my friends and colleagues are feeling the effect. What’s tripped me out lately is the lackadaisical attitude that people have had on networking. Those being laid off are just now creating LinkedIn profiles, wanting to build sites/blogs and joining Twitter. I’m, by all means, supportive and will help them out in any way possible but networking is a thing that doesn’t happen overnight and takes time to build mutually-beneficial relationships/connections.
Shocking to me that people think LinkedIn is a short-term solution.
That’s kind of scary if you ask me but it’s a bit of reality. I’m glad they’re at least being proactive now, but with more layoffs and companies shutting down, the competition out there is even tougher (trust me I know) and setting yourself apart from the crowd is key. Taking the necessary steps before having to go through this and giving networking and building relationships some time to marinate, as it’s not a short-term solution, will ultimately benefit you during your search.
So, please, if you have a job, or not, and haven’t setup a LinkedIn profile or aren’t networking with people already, do it now.