One Way to Lessen the Stress of Networking

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HamburgerIf you hate the idea of networking, think about lunch. Meeting someone for a meal–or coffee, or a drink after work–is a low-stress way to create and maintain a relationship that could pay off for you down the road.

When you ask someone out to lunch, you rarely have to provide them with much of a reason beyond “exchanging ideas” or “learning more about your company.” Those are pretty low-pressure statements, and you’re really not asking for much except their time.

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Of course, no one’s going to offer you a job the first time you meet them for lunch—and probably not the 17th time, either. But one day, they’re going to muse about a colleague who has a problem you’re the perfect person to address. Or how their mentor, now at Oracle, is looking for someone with your skills. Or, how they went to school with the CIO at the company you just applied to.

Getting away from your desk to stay in touch with old colleagues and meet new people is one of the most important things you can do to find a job. If you hate the notion, look for low-stress ways to do it. You’ve gotta eat, as they say, and so does your contact.

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