Recession School: How to Network Successfully

November 3 2009, 10:55 AM
If you had 30 seconds to describe yourself and the job that ideally fits your skill set, could you do it? Kathleen Winsor-Games, principal of the Winsor Group, has coached people for more than 18 years and says many of us have a hard time distilling our message. That's one of the many reasons she has started the 8 O'clock Club, which meets every Wednesday from 8-10 a.m. Each weeks starts with facilitated networking, meaning Winsor-Games helps coach participants on the best way to introduce themselves. Then the group moves on to a changing "hot topic" of the week. Tomorrow's topic: "Your best networking message." "We'll give people feedback on their networking presentation and give them time to polish, refine, and practice," Winsor-Games says. "We want people to come out of it able to paint a clear picture of what a good job would be for them." Winsor-Games has a good track record: In October, seven of her clients got jobs, and she remains optimistic that people can find work in the fourth quarter. "I don't want to see people giving up looking because it's the holidays. There are hiring managers who are desperate to fill jobs before the end of the year," she says. The group meets every Wednesday, and the cost is $5. RSVP by e-mailing Winsor-Games at [email protected]. She'll respond with location info and directions.