Networking is talking with people and sharing about yourself. It is listening to others and connecting them to other people that you know.
I spent months recently introducing myself to new people and conducting informational interviews where I talked to people about their careers.
I am not against networking. It doesn't come naturally but I have actually learned to like it. But it has not worked for me like it has been advertised. My current job is something I attained because I answered an ad I found on Craig's List. It was a traditional way into a place of work.
It is sort of sad how much time I spent updating my resume and LinkedIn profile, attending job fairs, and meetings, requesting interviews and talking to people. Yet there never was a solid offer to introduce me to someone who could use my services.
I don't know what to say about this. I don't think I am bitter. Perhaps a bit surprised and disappointed. I wonder what the reason for all of this goose chasing was. I would like to find a great fit in a work setting where I am just the right solution for someone.