#03: Jerome Laday - "Networking is not just for Not-working"

#03: Jerome Laday - "Networking is not just for Not-working"

In this Episode:

Networking is a misunderstood activity, and is often associated only with job search. But it’s much more than that.  Done well, networking can of course help you land a job, but it can also expand your circle of professional contacts, be a source of referrals, or perhaps allow you to find a mentor or even a friend. However, done wrong, it can be a painful and awkward series of one-way interactions that not only won’t help you succeed but may cause people to run in the opposite direction.

Today’s guest is Jerome Laday, a master networker who has been successfully networking for over 25 years. In that time he’s learned a lot about how to do things right and how to avoid the pitfalls that can derail your efforts.

He’ll share a simple plan of how to get started networking including:

·      How to begin with the right approach & mindset

·      Steps for effective follow-up after the first interaction

·      How to avoid “dive bomb” networking

·      Building relationships instead of having a transactional approach

·      How to handle the emotional roller-coaster when you’re networking and also in job search mode

And most important guiding principle of all: “Networking is not just for Not-working”

About our Guest:

Jerome Laday, SHRM-SCP, has 25+ years of experience as an HR professional with generalist/recruiting STEM experience with Quest Diagnostics, Novartis, Schering-Plough, L’Oreal R&D, Church & Dwight, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Novo Nordisk, and Mitsubishi Pharma. He is currently the Contract Recruiter at Ohm Laboratories, a Division of SUN Pharma in New Brunswick, NJ.

Jerome has been a member of SHRM (both National and local chapters) since 1987 and a current member of SMA and the Central New Jersey Chapters of SHRM.  He is the past Chapter Secretary & Chapter President for the Central NJ Chapter and is the founding member of the CNJ Chapter Alumni Network which is made up of past Chapter officers and members.   

Jerome is the past Chapter Certification/Education Chairperson for the Morris County Chapter and the past Certification Director for the Garden State Council of SHRM.  He has been certified SPHR since 1993 and SHRM-SCP since 2015 and has been an Instructor for the SHRM Learning System since 1993 with Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Jerome was one of the Founding Members of the Whine & Dine Networking Group and is currently the Network Leader for the Edison and Princeton Whine & Dine events. He coined the phrase: "Networking is NOT just for Not Working" which is now used at every Whine & Dine event. 

Show Notes:

To connect with Jerome on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeromeladay/

Insight at work Podcast theme Music:

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About the Host:

Ken Blackwell is a speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach. His signature practice is "rescuing Accidental Leaders and Dysfunctional Teams". His firm, InKlaritas, is based in Princeton, NJ and works with teams and leaders in companies around the world. You can find out more at: www.InKlaritas.com.

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