(Closed) Are you and your SO in similar industries, do you network together?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@kmarie719:  My husband and I both work in the agriculture industry and our jobs go hand in hand. We often refer customers to each other. I wouldn’t bring your FI to your interview. However, I would mention that you know somebody that would be fit for the position. I would give the interviewer his information (if he has a business card) and let the interviewer pursue it from there. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Nope. I work in buying for a chemical company and he’s in the entertainment industry. I’m glad we’re not, I don’t see a relationship with 2 people in his line of work ever really working out.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My Fiance and I are both in the same industry, and the company he works for is a client of the company I work for.  We haven’t networked together per se, but when he hears about job opportunities in our field that may be of interest to me, he passes them on or lets me know.  It’s nice because he knows exactly what kind of work I am interested in, so if he sees something that would be a good fit, he can tell me about it.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My Fiance and I are both in the same industry and both work for the same company but different departments. We couldn’t work together, work policy.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Darling Husband and I are in similiar fields.  We met at work, though don’t work at the same place now.  Sometimes I feel weird about it, but if there’s an opportunity that he would be perfect for, I’ll throw his name out there.  I wouldn’t go further than that, but I think its appropriate to suggest someone you know that you think would be good for the job.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Another nope. I work in the legal world and SO is in aviation. I’m trying to get out of the legal world and into accoutning or something along those lines.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My husband and I work with the exact same technology and at one point even worked for the same company (the company that makes this technology). We do a lot of networking together and have a lot of friends doing the same type of job with the same products, so it’s only natural that we share leads on job openings and stuff. But we have a cut-off of sorts, where if one of us is approached by someone we both know, we just kind of tag along as we see fit, but if it’s a third party (like a new manager at my company or a new technology partner with whom we have only a professional relationship, or a headhunter, etc) we are clear about our relaitonships when making introductions.  It is a very small community and to avoid anyone drawing the wrong conclusions about our actions, we are very clear with all professional contacts (other than those we actually consider friends) that we are married, especially when it comes to contract/client referrals or job openings.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

We work in the same industry (insurance), which is very male dominated. I hate networking, so I tend to avoid whenever possible. He’s a lot better at it, and also a lot further along in his career. It’s something I know I need to get better at…

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Sometimes we do, but not always.  I think some people make networking too regimented.  If we’re out at dinner talking with people in the industry a certain amount of networking occurs.  It happens at work Christmas parties.  As undergrads, we both attended industry nights and we sat together for the presentations.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

FH is a tattoo artist and I’m an esthetician who also does tattoo removal. We refer clients to each other constantly! We even work for the same person. Our boss owns 6 tattoo shops and a laser center!

Post # 14
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529 posts
Busy bee

@kmarie719:  I’m also really shy naturally. It’s really hard to force myself out of my shell, but I  know sometimes it has to be done.

 

Best of luck with the coffee meeting next week. Hopefully you’ll hear about some new openings. Companies sometimes create positions for the right people, so fingers crossed. Though they do usually have to also advertise internally and externally first (at least in this country they do).

 

I’ve previously worked in the same company as Darling Husband, and I didn’t like it (we were in the same team, and saw each other every day). Even in a bigger company / different teams, I’d find it a bit awkward e.g. in terms of future career progression, and job stability e.g. if dream company is in financial distress in the future.

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