That may seem skeptical, but unless I was single and on the prowl or in search of a job, I didn't usually go to networking events. When I was in my former dream job, I never would consider going to a networking event. I can't imagine gainfully employed people feel the need to go and be charitable to less fortunate souls such as myself.
I can imagine the scene now. Imagine with me....
Some swanky bar that is dark with elevator music (as to encourage beer goggles and conversations), and there are people milling around aimlessly. I look around the room and notice an authoritative looking man in a suit. I think to myself that he has "management" written all over him. I casually stand next to him at the bar and say, "looks like you're in need of a refill. Should I get the bartender's attention for you?" He says, "ha ha. I'm fine thanks."
"So have I seen you before? At the state bar function they had last month? On Real Estate Law?" he says.
"No. Not me. ha ha."
"Where do you work?" he says.
"Well, I was at G&D and now I'm looking for a job outside of the legal field," I say (with lots of hope that he's my savior and can get me a JD preferred position in his company where he serves as in-house counsel).
"Oh. I'm between jobs as well. Too bad. I thought you may have some leads."
"I was hoping you would too."
Yah.. so my little day dream is just that. But, like I said, I'm not hopeful.
By the way, the first thing I did when I lost my job was email "Every Joe Schmo I Know" [hereinafter, "EJSIK"] to tell them my situation. I'm your long time [or] long lost [or] dearest and/or nearest friend... whatever. I need help. I am looking at imminent homelessness (when my savings evaporates) and if ever I needed a favor--it's now. EJSIK were obviously sympathetic. I can tell that they wanted to help. They all gave me the standard, "We're not hiring here, but I will circulate your resume to everyone I know." And I appreciate EJSIK so much for the effort. But people can only help you if their company/law firm is hiring. And if they aren't hiring--they can't help you. That's life.
So, what's the benefit of networking again? I've gotten a few calls from places I've cold applied too. I think I'm going to go with indeed.com and monster.com and see how I do.