The power of a professional network

2671066786_696396a8e1_zAfter more than 12 years in the film industry, I’m clearly seeing my professional network come together at a level I never experienced before and it’s exciting!

When I was laid off at the beginning of the year, I started to hustle for a new gig. Many opportunities found me and after much thought (and stress), I chose one. When that job turned sour this summer, I picked up the hustle again. Fortunately, I was able to make an internal move at my company and things are now much sweeter.

What I find so cool is that months later, I continue to see the fruits of my job-hunt labor. It’s clear to me how looking for my next gig while still at my current gig gives me the luxury to be patient and hold out until just the right situation comes along.

Here’s what’s been happening over the past three weeks:

  • A friend of mine heard there was an opening at her animation studio. She knows I’m looking for work closer to home, so she texted me. I interviewed the following day and received an offer within a week.
  • I had emailed a former coworker who’s now working in television animation at a big studio. She got my resume in front of her division’s VP and I interviewed a week later.
  • In March, I went to lunch with an old friend (and former colleague) who is producing at a small television animation studio near my house. She passed my resume on to her boss who is now, seven months later, ready to hire for a new project. She called me last week and I had a great interview on Friday.
  • I was contacted via LinkedIn by a recruiter for an international visual effects company. They’re looking to start a new department in LA and need a manager. I expect he will set up a meeting next week.

While all of these opportunities have the potential to be great for me, they also insight anxiety when so many choices are presented. I’m hard on myself when it comes to making the “right” decision. I keep reminding myself that there is no right or wrong, just different paths! Having my own little network army sure helps that path be long and fruitful.

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