Friday, November 11

Dig Your Well... Now

We all know born networkers - those people who seem to be able to talk to anyone and who know everyone.

Then there are the rest of us. The ones who wish vainly that life had come with instructions or that we had somehow been born more gregarious, less introverted, better connected. The ones who genuinely don't understand why less prepared, less hard working and less nice people get the internships, scholarships or jobs we wanted.

This is the book we've been looking for. Harvey Mackay's Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty is a friendly, honest book about how to network for those who've never understood the how's or why's of the idea. You don't have to be a pushy creep and you don't have to sit by and wonder why you're getting passed over or skipped by. This is a quick, easy read no matter what your educational background and it will be worth every minute of your time.

And may I make a suggestion? As a former business major who's read extensively, I can testify that books like this are drastically more valuable to a student or new graduate than warm-fuzzy feel-good titles of the Chicken Soup ilk. This one isn't even brand new, so you can find good condition, second-hand copies for next to nothing. Consider snagging a few and keeping them on hand for stocking stuffers, graduation gifts and promotion presents. Your contacts will thank you and who knows... you just might expand your own network in the process!

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