Summer is here and it’s time to get out.

Stop hiding behind your laptop and get out.  Forget about getting your inbox to zero.  It’s never going to happen.  Monster and Workopolis will keep churning out jobs.  It will be there when you get back.

There are tons of industry events going on.  It’s the season for garage sales and community picnics.  The weekend soccer and baseball tournaments have started.

These are all prime places to talk to people about what you do and what you want to do.

This does not mean pressing your business card in to the hand of every soccer mom you meet nor does it mean you should have a sheaf of resumes in your sock.

You need to be able to say clearly and concisely who you are and what you are looking for.  Mumbling something about being an office manager is not good enough.  Saying that you manage a small group of admin pros that provide support in a major staffing company, now that’s saying something. In one breath, you have identified that you are a manager and that you work in a big company; two nice hooks that might incent interest or even further conversation.

Technology has changed six degrees of separation to only three degrees of separation.  This means that the guy you meet at the ball game could be the neighbour of your next boss.  Really.  We are all that connected.

So practice, practice, practice.

When someone asks you what you do, be ready.

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