A network, in the true sense of the word, is where people want to encourage each other on their professional and personal journeys.
As a mum working on her own business or thinking about going back to work, Network Cork has been a very welcoming network to join - a network in the true sense of the word, where people want to help and encourage each other on their professional and personal journeys.
'Network Ireland is a progressive, dynamic organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women. Their membership is made up of a very diverse group of women, from budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector.'
7 tips for networking as a jobseeker
3. Get busy on social media. Twitter and LinkedIn are probably the best for business networking online. There are great opportunities to link up with senior people in a company by joining in a Twitter conversation...people will remember you if your exchange is relevant, amusing or helpful.
5. Volunteer. Help out in your local community. Not only will this look good on your CV, but you will also meet people who are altruistic. Use this opportunity to network also and get your message out there.
6. No network that resonates with you close to home? Set up your own. It's easier than you think, particularly with the help of social media. Apart from anything else, if networking does not bear fruit in the guise of employment, you will certainly make friends, acquaintances and future business contacts for building your ongoing growing network of contacts.
7. Do a workshop with like-minded people.Employmum runs Back To Work workshops – check the website for details of a workshop close to you.
Go forth and multiply your network, and enjoy – us Irish are the best networkers in the world!
Helen Walshe is a Senior Recruitment Specialist & Change Manager with flexiblerecruitment agency, Employmum. Based in West Cork and a mother to Leah and Rory, Helen loves exploring the local woods and beaches with her family. Follow her on Facebook.