22 October 2009

Job search tales: paying it forward

In this episode of "Anatomy of a job search", Dan Callahan tells us how helping other people, and participating in communities, can yield dividends in both networking and searching for a job. People should be open to helping others as part of their effort to grow contacts, rather than be narrowly focused on activities that have a direct monetary reward.

Dan discusses how the modern employee needs to make a job search a permanent part of their life, always networking and maintaining contacts that will come in handy the next time they are in need of a new job. He also tells us how his varied roles in marketing, finance, and even HR have led him to have a deeper understanding of business needs. Finance people look at business problems in very different ways from product managers, and vice versa.

You can check out Dan's blog for his views on life, business, and gardening (amongst other things).

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