Sunday, December 9, 2012

'Tis the Season to be Networking

by Mary Salvino, Career Coach

‘Twas the season of networking, and all through the land

Job seekers and the like were in need of a plan

Their calendars filled in with places to go
Their business cards ready to bring to the show

Invitations were plentiful, promising and planned
The events full of prospects, hand-shakers and grand

The gatherings were formal and informal, too
And provided a venue for mavens to woo

Be they business or social or a mix of the two
Ensure that the ‘mark’ is the industry’s whose who

Be wary of ‘selling’ to the ‘friends’ you’ve just made
Your efforts will fail and your value will fade

Remember your manners, don’t drink, eat or lean
Your mission, your sole goal is to, “See or be seen.”

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” ~ Will Rogers

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