Second Order Networking

July 25, 2007

Jason had a great post today about what I would call “second order networking” – the concept of using someone you are networked to to network to someone that they don’t know. This is the equivalent of making a “3rd” connection on LinkedIn, because the request goes from you to someone you know, ultimately to a person that they don’t know (through another contact).

From Jason’s post:

In each case I was asking for my network contacts to hook me up. Here’s the interesting thing: in every case they did not know the person that I needed to talk to.

This presents an interesting decision….

But here is what I would do. I would take the opportunity to grow my own network and try and make the connection. Why? It’s easier to go to someone that you don’t know with a purpose…

It’s a great point – not only does this type of networking allow you to expand your own network, but helps your network expand theirs.

I loved the concept so much that I think I’m going to send a few emails… I could use an introduction or two.

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Jason on Security

July 13, 2007

In this case, the Jason I’m talking about is Jason Alba of JibberJobber, and the security he’s talking about isn’t information security, but Job Security. From the post:

Look folks, here’s the deal. There is no job security! YOU need to take care of your career, not just your job! Do you find yourself doing any career stuff, outside of your job? Don’t have time? Fine – you’ll have plenty of time since a job search can take so long. Trust me, start doing a little every day, and it will add up. Do not wait until you are terminated to get moving. A little big-picture career stuff every day will go a long way.

Usually, I’d comment here. But there’s nothing else to say.

(Except perhaps that, if you’re going to Defcon, you should come see my talk with the brilliant and funny Lee Kushner about how to create the real type of job security that Jason talks about in his post… we’re speaking on Saturday afternoon.

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