Cecil Business Resource Partners to host free networking bootcamp
— In business, it’s often as much about who you know as what you know.
That’s why Cecil Business Resource Partners are hosting a free networking bootcamp next week aimed at helping people make connections regardless of what stage they’re at in their career.
“It’s not just about your skill set. You’ve got to get to know people and they’ve got to get to know you,” said Sharon Pelham, Cecil County business development director for APGFCU and the bootcamp’s facilitator.
The bootcamp will be held next Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Cecil College’s Technology Center in North East. The bootcamp is free but registration is required.
The networking bootcamp is the third workshop in a recent series of events held by Cecil Business Resource
Partners, a group of agencies that includes the Cecil County Office of Economic Development, Cecil County Public Schools, Cecil College and the Cecil County Public Library, among others, who partner together to provide support for every aspect of the business process.
During next week’s bootcamp, Pelham will focus on three main aspects of networking: tips and tricks to network effectively, how to create a LinkedIn profile that will get noticed and what to know before an interview. Though Pelham stressed that the bootcamp will have a little something for everyone, she said it will be especially helpful to those just starting out as well as those who may be transitioning between jobs.
Pelham has had experience holding these types of networking workshops before and in a previous job, she also frequently discussed the importance of networking with recent college graduates she was mentoring. The topic of networking has come up in several CBRP conservations and the group agreed it would be a great workshop idea, Pelham said.
Some of the simple tips Pelham will be sharing at the workshop have been beneficial to her own career. For example, Pelham always encourages people to make connections during job interviews even if they don’t get the job. Pelham was once turned down for a job but called back the interviewer to ask him what areas she could improve upon. They had a good conversation and kept in touch and the interviewer later hired Pelham to do some contract work, she recalled.
“You never know where these contacts might lead you,” Pelham said. “It’s an art form, it’s a skill and I think it can be very beneficial to people.”
People can register for the bootcamp at http://networkingbtcmp.eventbrite.com.