Ce­cil Busi­ness Re­source Part­ners to host free net­work­ing boot­camp

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

NORTH EAST

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.

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