Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Mentor's Advice

I happen to mentor as part of the organization, "New Canadian Centre of Excellence." This group helps newly emigrated entrepreneurs find employment or assists them in starting new businesses. The recipients come from every corner of the world. My current mentee is a bright young woman from Singapore. We had a nice meeting at Starbuck's the other day, to commence our journey.

In discussing job seeking opportunities, we both had our doubts as to the effectiveness of resumes. You are just one of hundreds of sheets of paper. I told her my belief is that get better opportunities networking. You also get to build your personal brand. So, that is going to be our focus. I am currently arranging a meeting with a local Athena Group. Athena is an international organization of professional woman. This will be a great starting point for her. She need only build on this. Networking is the life blood of business and as such a terrific spring board to new relationships.

If you are job seeking and relying exclusively on your resume, you should step out of your comfort zone and meet people who can positively influence your future.

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