Many ExecuNet members have found their next great job opportunity through networking. Christine Gary is no exception. As a financial services executive, Gary faced a challenging job market, one she faced with trepidation and determination. Her determined networking, along with diligent research, led to a new job as a chief risk officer.
“I met with as many people as I could to discuss areas of opportunity in the market,” says Gary. “I especially focused on industry associations, social or business. I was referred to this bank [the new employer] from a second round of networking meetings with the NJ Bankers Association. I was interviewed for one job, but was not a match. But this other position came up two weeks later, and they asked me back.”
Gary stresses the importance of networking with individuals within your particular industry sector. “Fellow bankers were very helpful, since they understood what was happening in the market and were happy to make introductions,” she says. “You need to ask for the introduction to a specific company; they will not volunteer. Do not be general about your targets.”
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