Regardless of an actual increase in the number of “jobs filled” in WA state occurring for the first time in a very long time (according to Jan 2010 stats), I’m amazed by the proliferation of events, sites, programs, webinars, groups and individuals out there offering to provide opportunities for connecting you or teaching you how to connect with that ideal person/class/company/recruiter/connector/coach/guru/innovator or expert that can land you that elusive new job. It’s mind boggling to me, and especially in such a relatively small metro area like Seattle! How do you choose where you’ll focus and/or spend your precious energy and time? What factors go into saying “yes” to an invite, meeting or writing a check?
And, if you take the leap, which do you practice and/or prefer? Quality-oriented connecting opportunities or skills development programs OR quantity-focused groups or events? Please share your comments here or on Facebook and you’ll help me figure out which resources out there I should support and/or refer people to, and, just as importantly, which to avoid if you’re a quality and relationship-focused connector like me. I’m going to include some of the data in an upcoming white paper I’m working on as well as in my next book. Thanks all!