While the days of running into a former colleague in line at Starbucks, meeting a mentor for lunch downtown, or pitching a business idea over a martini are fewer and farther between (at least for now), we all recall that spontaneous, feel-good moment of reconnecting. Each of us have found ways to adapt to today’s virtual lifestyle, and in some regards, it has allowed us to spend more time with the people closest to us. But it has also created unintentional distance with others, putting the onus on us to stay in touch - and proactively build upon our personal and professional networks.
Even before this physical shift, the majority of our networks have been lost in the abyss of LinkedIn, making it difficult to cut through the noise and to have a voice.
The Power of a Trusted Introduction
What if we told you that a more effective way to navigate your network and regain that feeling of genuine connection is within reach? What if we also told you there is an opportunity to access an elite community of founders, executives, investors, and leaders with similar values, who are actively looking to advance social capital? Well there is.
This is a story about the power of a trusted introduction, and how taking two minutes out of a busy day can help someone land their dream job.
Meet Lindsay Knight: Industry-leading Innovator and Investor
Lindsay Knight, Partner at Chicago Ventures works with the firm’s 50+ active portfolio companies to help grow and scale their businesses. As a master of her craft, Lindsay is constantly finding strategic ways to offer companies cutting-edge value through matchmaking talent, communication and PR, and helping the creme-de-la-creme of startups build community. “A lot can be learned and gained from helping early stage companies connect and learn from each other. They are mentoring, sharing talent, teaching - offering immense long-term value,” said Lindsay Knight.
Lindsay is also one of Hunt Club’s most prominent, well-connected Experts. Hunt Club’s Expert community is designed to connect influential people with the right opportunity at the right time. With the click of a button, Experts like Lindsay, are in a unique position to elevate and impact the lives of others, opening doors to unexpected opportunities.
As an Expert, Lindsay receives curated introduction requests to connect quality contacts in her network for relevant open roles. When an opportunity to introduce a former Chicago Ventures portfolio company contact, and friend, Adam Perry came through, Lindsay’s thoughtful introduction helped shape the next chapter in Adam’s HR career.
"When thinking about hiring or making referrals for startups, the first thing I try to gauge is the candidate's risk tolerance and experience with an early stage company," said Lindsay. "Having worked closely with Adam in the past, I knew he could manage the ups, down, and uncertainties of what it takes to effectively scale a business."
Meet Adam Perry: Passionate, Global HR Executive
Adam Perry, a seasoned HR professional in Chicago was not actively looking for a new role. As most of today’s professionals can relate, constant solicitations for jobs through email and LinkedIn flood his inbox. “I tend to delete them all. But when a Hunt Club email read ‘Lindsay Knight has recommended you for the VP of HR at PerkSpot,’ I immediately took notice,” explained Adam. “If someone I respect and trust as much as Lindsay took the time to refer me - and if she trusts I can do the job, I was extra motivated to take a look, and ultimately, more excited to invest time in the process.”
Candidates Are In the Driver's Seat
Lindsay’s introduction encouraged Adam to put his best foot forward during the recruiting process. While he was genuinely interested in the opportunity, it was also important for Adam to keep his values top of mind. “To ultimately be happy at work at this stage in my career, I wanted to have a seat at the table and trust from my team to shape the agenda and future direction of a growing company,” said Adam. “But I also like to roll up my sleeves - and working for smaller companies under 500 employees allows me to do both successfully.”
With millions of open jobs, and an unprecedented amount of venture capital dollars flooding the technology and startup markets, there has never been a more opportune time to unlock the power of your network. This shift has also granted candidates, like Adam, the upper hand, putting them in control of the recruiting and hiring process. In order for companies to win top talent, their ability to adapt and meet candidate expectations is critical for growth.
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