Most jobs are found via networks.
DH found his new job via networks. At the time he accepted, another member of his network was urging him to come out for an interview so they could give him a counter-offer. People who know DH academically know he does good work and is responsible and amazing. They’re willing to go to bat for him with bosses or to hire him directly as a telecommuter.
Scaring up new, local, networks had been much more difficult for DH. He met people at happy hours and networking events. He tapped linked in and asked former colleagues to introduce him to people. But it didn’t get very far. Maybe that’s because the job market here is different, or maybe it’s because the new people DH has met have no real reason to trust he’s high quality enough to go to bat for him.
But why do our older networks have these opportunities? DH and I both went to elite graduate schools. We also went to an elite high school. (Our colleges were elite too but for some reason we’re not as networked there, not sure why not. I bet my college roommate could get me a job if I needed one… but she also went to my grad school.) Our friends have done really amazing and lucrative things with their lives.
The advantages from our high school, in particular, weren’t as obvious when we were younger. But now many of our friends are millionaires and entrepreneurs (also professors and doctors). They help each other out. Heck, one guy buys up companies so he can hire his friends to work at them.
It makes me wonder about my kids… I have no desire for them to leave home for high school, but perhaps a gifted and talented high school experience will serve them well in their later years. Well, that and DH’s family has a long history of marrying their high school sweethearts. Maybe we should send our kids away to an academically talented boarding school for high school so that their later life will be more connected.
Have you ever tapped a network for job opportunities? Where did you meet those people? How did it work out?