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Fugro Trinidad Limited., a leader in Offshore Survey Engineering and Positioning
needs an HSSEQ Coordinator.
At least 3-5 years experience in HSE field
All HSE related activities
Assist with miscellaneous duties required by Operations
Be proficient with Microsoft Office products. (Word, Excel, and Power Point)
Must be a team player with good communication/ presentation skills
Must be able to complete tasks with limited or no supervision
Must be very organized and have good planning skills
Applications accompanied by a detailed resume should be submitted no later than
29th January 2016 to:
Manager - HSSEQ
Fugro Trinidad Limited
29 Alexandra Street
Port of Spain
Please note that unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged. 0118042
If you're horrified by face-to-face networking
events, you're certainly not alone - you're probably
not even in the minority. After a decade of ferocious
networking activity, plenty of people are coming
out of the I-hate-networking closet to admit that
chitchatting with strangers is about as appealing
to them as walking over broken glass.
It doesn't have to be that way, of course.
TEST THE WATERS
When it comes to face-to-face networking events, the
event host sets the tone and can have a huge influence
on the tenor of the gathering.
If the host believes in schmoozy, rapid-fire elevator-
speech networking, that's the kind of event he or she
If the host shares my philosophy that the best net-
working happens when a few, in-depth networking con-
versations have time to blossom, the event will reflect
That's why it makes sense to shop networking events
before joining an association, Chamber, or other group.
I went to a networking event not long ago where the
standard practice was to go around the table sharing
rapid-fire (egg-timer-driven) introductions and sales
pitches. I literally couldn't do it - I hid out in the Ladies
room until the exercise was over. I don't think I'm phys-
ically capable of sitting with strangers and exhorting
them to buy what I sell, but plenty of people evidently
are. These events are not my cup of tea, and it's a good
thing I hadn't taken the organizer's challenge to sign up
(credit card or check accepted) as a new member of the
club before that networking exercise was introduced. I
would never have forgiven myself.
Networking doesn't have to be phony and cloying.
Even at a false, back-slappy or air-kissy event, you can
set the tone for your own conversations.
You can avoid me-first networkers who peer over your
shoulder at the other attendees the entire time they're
ostensibly talking to you. You can excuse yourself from
a conversation like that by saying "Oh, I can see you're
engaged" and walking away before Mr. or Ms. Looking
for Something Better has a chance to react.
If someone begins to spit his audio business card in
your face, you can smile and say "How lovely" in mid-
spit and drift away before the elevator pitch hits the
You don't have to be anybody's aural punching bag.
There may be somebody, or more than one, at that event
who's just as turned off by schmoozy networking as you
are.It may take awhile to find that person, as you make
your way through the throng of "Shall we set up a sales
call at your office tomorrow?" Sallies and Johns. Apart
from the strengthening benefit of withstanding these
verbal slings and arrows (in the sense of "That which
doesn't kill me, makes me stronger") you'll also learn
via these schmooze attacks which networkers to avoid
in the future. If you're lucky, you'll eventually find yourself
chatting with a person who's refreshingly interested in
you as much as in him- or herself.
The non-phony networker wants to know more about
you than what you do in your business, and wants you
to know more about her or him than the contents of a
business card, as well. This networker is curious about
what you did before the job you held, and what you like
about what you do, and how the industry works. You
may learn that this person plays the cello in the local
symphony or that her son is currently studying endangered
frogs in Peru. You'll be pleased to hear about the frogs
after fending off verbal blows from Stan and Judy and
Mitchell, the me-first let's-make-a-deal networkers
you've been avoiding all evening.
The funny part is that after having sixteen or twenty
brief conversations, one or two will stick in your mind
as you drive home or fall half asleep on the train. Those
one or two conversations had a spark to them -- informed
not by the fabulousness of the IT consulting services or
promotional items somebody was trying to sell you, but
by the character of the person you were talking with.
Smart networkers eventually figure out -- and plenty
never do -- that networking about people is far more
fun, more interesting and more fruitful than networking
about products and services. The good news is that we
can pick which type of networking we're willing to engage
in, and say no to phony networkers with our conscience
After all, if a person doesn't want to know you before
he starts to sell you, you don't need to know him, either.
Your life will be much happier in the company of people
who value you for yourself, whether you ever buy their
wares or not.
The non-phony networker
wants to know more about
you than what you do in
your business, and wants
you to know more about her
or him than the contents of
a business card, as well.
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