Is your Networking ‘not working’? Useful Job-Search Tips

networkingWritten by Jenny Okonkwo

Job seeking is widely recognized as one of the top 5 most stressful activities – alongside other life changing-events such as planning a wedding, moving house, etc.

As human beings we strive to avoid having to do these things on a regular basis. In a time when many could carve out a lifetime career with a single firm, this also used to apply to job-seeking.

However as we all know,  times have changed. Many professionals are changing jobs more frequently than ever before. The dreaded phrase “In Between Jobs” is no longer a reputation-sinking confession. With increased mobility across worldwide borders the candidate pool is now a global market.

Networking can really help you re-enter the job market, accelerating the job-search itself and boosting one’s morale. Although people need to talk, it is vitally important to maintain focus, professional boundaries and avoid the distraction of overly personal, situation-specific details. Its not easy. These forthcoming articles provide some tips on how to do just that, by treating the networking meeting as a forum for a mutual discovery process.

To follow:

Part 1: Preparing For the Meeting

Part II: The Meeting Itself

Part III: Follow-Up

This important topic will form the basis of a forthcoming ebook where we will be interviewing people to collect their views.

About Jenny Okonkwo

A MESSAGE TO VICE PRESIDENTS IN FINANCE You know how you are continuously frustrated with trying to balance external compliance requirements with supporting the business internally? I solve this. I do this by using my natural talent for detecting and eliminating waste, duplication, inefficiencies. Documenting procedures, streamlining business processes to help define and clarify roles and responsibilities. Automating manual outdated systems, designing and implementing new ways of working, analysing business data to improve decision making. I help companies develop and improve the internal controls over their financial reporting by assisting in the delivery of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX 404) readiness programs. This allows focus to be placed on compliance and knowing that internal business is taken care of, helping to minimize financial risk to maximize commercial opportunity. Even though I am an accountant by trade, I’ll always be a problem solver at heart, which is shown here. I’m always looking for a new problem to solve, so if you’ve got a doozy you need a hand with, feel free to contact me directly at 647 838 9606 or drop me a line at jenny@transform-consulting.ca I have also helped local business entrepreneurs and sole proprietors prepare their voluntary disclosure applications, computerize their manual accounting systems, remove their record-keeping backlogs, automate their processes using both cloud based and desktop accounting solutions, prepare their personal and corporate tax returns. Join my LinkedIn Group now to brainstorm and collaborate from any of these perspectives. Connect with me on Twitter and Linkedin.
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