If you’re not familiar with the role of the Enforcer in hockey, you may want to take a page out of that playbook if you are looking for work in this tough economy. Pounding the pavement is like pounding on the ice, except you are not drawing blood rather drawing curiosity. Enforcers are inquisitive, go-getters who protect their team’s interest.
One of the leading networking geniuses in the world is a former hockey player, who still lives in suburban Michigan. He’s admired around the world for his business acumen and networking strategy. This is not suggesting you knock out the human resources manager or trip the creative manager on your way out, but stand up tall and give your confidence and elevator pitch that punch you need. Employers are trying to score for their team (company). As a candidate, they want to know if you are there to help or harm their ability to score.
Meet Richard Stromback. This Enforcer left the game in 1990 after four years of beating down on the likes of Tie Domi and Bob Boughner. While his career in the Ontario Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League did not last, he ventured into his own domain as an entrepreneur, investor, adviser and the guy everyone in the world wants to know. He’s the “Ultimate Davos”,in reference to the annual meeting of the world’s elite in Davos, Switzerland. Stromback was listed by Crain’s Business in the top “40 Under 40.”
While you may not be bumping elbows with millionaires or world leaders, the same networking principles are useful. Be inspired from every opportunity and everyone.