Monday, July 19, 2010

Networking is a great job search strategy. Improve your networking skills with these seminars.

We like giving job hunting tips on this blog (last Saturday's post was, in fact, about references, just to remind you). We're pretty sure you know what our thoughts about networking are already. Networking is the real secret of job hunting. Why secret? Although it's FREE, it seems not very many are doing it. The purpose of this post is to encourage you to incorporate this strategy in your career. It won't be hard, we'll help. =)

For the sake of those new to this blog, networking can do a lot to your job hunting, but there are two major benefits. Being unemployed gives you a distinct feeling of uselessness and your contacts can be a great source of inspiration and motivation to keep going -- that's the first. The second is quite obvious: your contacts can hand you access to the elusive hidden jobs market.

What we want you to do next is quite obvious: review your contacts list. How is it? Is it bad? Fret not, making phone calls is all it takes to get your list working again. Don't hesitate to phone your former offices to check whether or not you still have the correct numbers of your old supervisors and bosses. If you're a fresh graduate, what you should check are the numbers of your professors and your school's career counselor.

Of course, there's more to networking than that. The goal is to add more professionals into your list, so we encourage you to frequent career events such as career fairs and skills workshops. Needless to say, such events are a great terrain for meeting new people. Where to look for schedules, you ask? You can start @ has plenty in line for this coming months (e.g. Strategic Business Planning & Budgeting, Successful Business Communication Skills, and Creativity at Work). Career Events too.

Hey, Career Events and actually has seminars on networking. Attend these and receive two career benefits: the benefit of learning about making great connections and meeting other professionals (our point above).

With the overwhelming response Career Events received for 'Network like a Professional!' in November 2009, we're pleased to organize it once again for those who have missed the previous session. Sandra Sandu-Reeves is having this great workshop again on August 21. Learn how to INITIATE and SUSTAIN a good conversation with poise, presence and confidence! Mark your calendar. For more information, please call Pei Yan or Linc at 6861 1000 or email us at

When it comes to communication skills, has a lot to offer, really, but you'll get the best tips on networking from these two: Making Great Connections and Professional People Skills. For schedules, please check this training calendar. Need more information? Please contact at 6861 1000 or email to

Career Expo 2011 is another great networking event that you shouldn't miss. We want you to update your planner with this now: Career Expo 2011 : 25th– 27th March Halls, 402 – 403 Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

Just a little note before we end this post: Networking isn't about getting contact numbers of people, but rather exchanging helps. Think this way: you're building relationships. Good luck! Singapore
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