Daisy Chaining Employment

19 May

A recent grad gets a job somewhere and then attempts to get friends/contacts a job at the same place. It’s as if we are immigrating one-by-one, daisy-chaining you and your friends/contacts into a company… I know this phenomenon that has been going on for a long time and probably has a real name, but I don’t know it. I point this out because it works to get a job, as a odd-cousin of “networking.” It’s networking just with people you feel comfortable with and don’t have to feel awkward about interacting with.

But even beyond actually daisy-chaining friends into a company, slightly older friends can be great mentors. You don’t have to have some balding white guy who will tell you about his college days be your mentor. No, mentors can come from all over. Screw the advice that your mentor should be where you are aiming to be in 5-10 years. Mentors can help you in more ways than just your job — think picking a place to live, tips for eating frugally, etc. Since you learned none of that at college, you’ll need mentored help there too, even if you don’t care to admit it (like me).

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