Why do people network so aggressively? How do I get noticed when I couldn't care less about recruiters that don't care about me?
My classmates crawl over each other just to get face time with recruiters for a chance at a 50k salary job.I have no motivation to compete with them. I don't want to look vulnerable for a shitty job.
I have much better offers from other industries but I can't really bring that up during networking. If you're wondering why I don't just take my better offers, it's because I don't want to work in finance anymore
I'm extremely competitive, I'm in the top 10% of my class at a top 20 school that is heavily recruited. Our career services know me by name and often refer me to recruiters when they ask who they should look for. I get invited to our school's networking trips all across the country (canada).
As long as I don't have to stroke my dick in front of others, get me one on one with recruiters and I shine.
I don't want to work for a company that values someone based on how well they can bend over. I want to work for a company that looks at qualifications, accomplishments, and personality. People put on an act during recruitment and it's all bullshit, I know it, recruiters know it. Let's go get drinks in a casual environment and we'll see how we get along.
Then again, I have always considered myself the "arts kid" of the business students. Never really fit in with them. All talk, no substance.
I recognize how cocky I might sound, but I'm just not a fan of this recruitment process. I like developing a network through natural processes instead of attending these "networking events". It's literally just a dick waving contest.
Find a small company that does what you want to do and pursue a career with them. I got so sick of going through the gauntlet of like 8 interviews for some mediocre analyst job in college. I found a small consulting firm (6 employees when I started), got them to give me an internship, and six years later I'm still here and going to become an owner very soon.
Also, don't be such a conceited prick.
That's what I'm probably going to do
And I'm not conceited, in fact I feel overwhelmingly average when I compare myself to my room mates still on the finance route. I'm just disappointed that people that interrupt others are more likely to get a job than someone that is respectful enough not to throw their own brothers under a bus just to get ahead.
I know for certain that I wouldn't be able to work at a firm with that kind of culture.
Yes, thats what you signed up for kid, get used to it. You are probably young enough to change course. Figure out what you really want to spend your time doing, THEN find a way to monetize it.
You do sound cocky, but that is understandable.
That being said, it's not what you know it's who you know. That has always been true and still is. Don't expect your admirers to know all about your fantastic contributions and then reward you accordingly for them. At times you do need to get in peoples' faces and remind them why you have a reason to exist and to get that next job or a salary increase.
>I like developing a network through natural processes
So does everyone else. Being marketable/competitive means exactly the opposite. If you want to minimise your dicks sucked tally then you best have other points in experience.