Wondering whether it really makes a difference if you join several groups while you are in transition?
The latest research says, You had better!
In Fast Company (FC) magazine, in an article by Drake Baer titled "Why Successful People Have So Many Groups Of Friends," University of Chicago professor Ron Burt says, Your network predicts your career success.
FC reports that having diverse "relationships act as an infrastructure through which ideas and opportunities may flow through." It turns out that ideas travel and develop through social networks.
The lesson for job hunters is, Be a connector: "Be the person that is a bridge between clusters" of people.
Be a broker of conversations.
In a nutshell, If you place yourself at the intersection of several social groups, you'll have more ideas and more opportunities.
"Conversation is a catalyst for change and innovation"
I was speaking with a colleague about how many groups a job hunter should join. He said two maybe three. I would up the ante and go for five or six.
Seven years ago, I wrote a blog post (at my main blog, Here We Are. Now What?) about a way to improve your luck. It was called "Change your place, Change your luck."
Inspired by an earlier blog post (from 2004!) by Rabbi Alana Suskin, the idea is actually Biblical: When God says go, you go. So job loss is like the Almighty saying, It's time to go. Shake it up! Change your place and you will change your luck.
The idea was (and still is) that where you sit affects what you see in life. Want to see something new? Change where you sit.
If you want new ideas, new opportunities, and new things in your life, you must "get out of the house" and join some groups.
Note: Here is the article in Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/3023424/why-successful-people-have-so-many-gr...
Note: Here is my blog post from 2006: http://learningvoyager.blogspot.com/2006/08/change-your-place-change-you...
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday December 21, 2013
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon