NetworkingWayne Pagani (W.P. Consulting & Associates) and Kevin Schafer (Cardinal Career Management Services) are partnering to facilitate a Networking Strategies Workshop for Job Search, September 17, 2014 at 6:00pm, downtown Ottawa.

This is one of a series of workshops designed to equip people for career transition in the Canadian Labour Market.


Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Burnside Building, 151 Slater Street, Suite 500, Ottawa, ON
Investment:   $25.00
Registration:  Contact Wayne Pagani or Kevin Schafer at 613.299.1833 or by email at


Connecting with the decision makers in one’s field of interest is far more effective than sitting at home applying to job boards. Career professionals have noticed, and widely agree, that the vast majority of current job opportunities are found in the “hidden job market”. Most people do NOT find their jobs through postings but rather through their personal and professional networks. Furthermore, thanks to the internet and job boards, the jobs that are posted are often bombarded with applications, making it increasingly difficult for your application to be recognized amongst hundreds, if not thousands of others. We will show you how to create an effective networking strategy.


Workshop Contents

This 2-hour workshop presents advanced concepts to help the participant gain a practical understanding of networking as a job search strategy and connect with decision makers in the hiring process.

Topics include:

  • Advanced Networking Techniques
  • How to use Value Proposition Theory
  • Personal Branding
  • Social Media for Networking


Workshop Facilitators

WaynePaganiWayne Pagani is a talented certified career strategist with over 18 years of service delivery in the career development field, complimented by sound experience in the corporate world.

Wayne helps increase marketability for a broad range of clientele through W.P. Consulting & Associates. He is the recipient of multiple Awards of Excellence from Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) and other prestigious associations for contributions in career development. This includes the 2011 Career Management Alliance Mentor Award recognizing individuals who guide others in tradecraft, entrepreneurship, and community building.


Kevin SchaferKevin Schafer is a Career & Leadership Coach with over 15 years’ experience in high tech and 10 years in the career services industry. Known as a coach who listens and responds to people’s needs, he has enjoyed helping over 500 clients find momentum in pursuing their career aspirations – from executives to students, across all sectors of business.

Kevin is the Founder at Cardinal Career Management Services and a Co-Ambassador for Career Professionals of Canada (CPC). He is an engaging speaker and workshop facilitator, enjoying opportunities to connect with people from all walks-of-life. As a Leadership Coach, Kevin is passionate about helping leaders become better leaders and managers deal with challenging issues in the workplace.

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Job Search During the Summer?

Man with umbrella on beachIn the months leading up to summer vacation time, I hear many of my clients say, “I think that I’ll take it easy on the job search during the summer. People are on vacation, it’s harder to reach employers, etc….”. I would like to argue that while the hiring process can take longer in the summertime, summer is an opportune time to kick your job search strategy into gear! For a few reasons:

1) Companies DO hire during the summer! I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that in the past week I’ve talked to two different individuals who have both found significant jobs during the summertime – and not summer jobs. Many organizations are “tooling up” during the summer so that they can hit the floor in full force during September after vacation time is over. This means that if these organizations need to hire, they would be hiring… during the summer! Hmmmmm!

2) There are fewer job seekers during the summer. Over the years I have encountered enough job seekers who have wanted to stop or ramp down their job search during the summertime that I believe I have an ample sample size for this conclusion: there are fewer job seekers out there who are actively searching during the summer. What this means to the avid job seeker is that there is less competition!

3) Networking is ideal during the summer. One mantra of most every career professional is, “Networking is the best way to find a job”. What a better time to network than over a Venti Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato? (Baristas out there, did I get that order right?)  When I say the word “networking”, the vast majority of my clients succumb to an expression of fear and intimidation. While many fear the idea of networking, networking is NOT the same as “smoozing”. The idea of smoozing causes ME to succumb to an expression of fear and intimidation! I teach my clients how two break networking down into simple, easy steps. A simplified version of my steps: 1) Identify your specific need or questions; 2) Make a list of your friends, family and colleagues who can potentially help you or introduce you to those who can help you; 3) Call in order of “safest” (those closest to you) to the least safest (those you don’t know as well). By ordering your calls this way, you will gain confidence and momentum as you work through your list. If you need some inspiration, I’d recommend reading “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. And while you’re at it, treat your friend to a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino and see if that doesn’t get you somewhere.

It is natural and important to take some time to enjoy the summertime, but PLEASE don’t stop your job search. The summer represents a time to look for opportunities when the picking is ripe, there is less competition and the networking can be more relaxed and enjoyable.


Kevin SchaferKevin Schafer is a Career & Leadership Coach, Principle at Cardinal Career Management Services, and an Ambassador with Career Professionals of Canada. He has 16 years experience in High Tech and 10 years experience in the Career Development field. Kevin has worked with over 500 clients and facilitates workshops for various job search topics.





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