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June Weddings Bring September Jobs   
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May 2013   
My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

We have decided to lighten up a little in this issue, during the popular wedding month of June.

The focus of this month's article is on an unusual networking method. Try it! You may even like it. Perhaps this innovative method will work for you.

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  June Weddings Bring September Jobs  
  by Don Sutaria

April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.

                      -Author Unknown

Then what does June bring, may I ask? Weddings, of course!

Whatever you do, try to stay away from the Sutaria's house on Sunday mornings, before their breakfast! Enter at your own risk! If you get mauled, don't say I didn't warn you!

Pandemonium breaks out as soon as The New York Times is delivered to our door on Sundays.

My wife Elizabeth rushes to get the Sunday Styles section which contains Weddings/Celebrations, also known as "Women's Sports Pages". She has to have it with her "everything all-weather bagel with cream cheese" and freshly brewed caffeinated coffee. Very American!

On the other hand, I am pleased to read the Obituaries section, with my "toasted English muffin with jam" and decaffeinated tea. Very British! Jolly good! Eh!

My wife thinks I am gross to read obituaries so early in the morning. I've explained to her many times that I am inspired to find out what these dear departed people had done with their lives. In addition, I check to make sure my name is not in there! Great escape! So it is going to be another good day in paradise! My wife is not impressed with my logic.

Don't get me wrong! After she is finished with the Weddings/Celebrations section, I read it too, but with an ulterior motive! Shame on me!

What has this article got to do with careers? Frankly, quite a lot in terms of networking information.

Let us look at a recent Sunday's New York Times. There are 48 weddings listed. Let us dissect a few, changing the names for the sake of privacy.

Katherine G. & Mark B.
The bride, 29, went to Yale and is a fourth-year medical student. The bridegroom, 30, is a law student at Yale.

The bride's father, Mr. David G., is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and an editor at large for U.S. News & World Report Magazine. (Those interested in public service and journalism note this contact.)

The bride's mother, Anne G., is a family therapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Here is a lead for professionals in family therapy.)

The bridegroom's father, Steve B., was "until recently" a chairman and head of the executive committee of Sprague Devices, an automobile parts manufacturer in Michigan City, Indiana. (Any mechanical engineers interested? This job may still be open!)

The bridegroom's parents are on the board of the Chicago Jewish Federation, and his mother, Teri B., is a trustee of the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. (If you plan to make a career in the non-profit field, shouldn't you explore this lead?)

Dawn B. & Henry M.
Dawn B. (32) and Henry M. (32) are both lawyers.

The bride is an assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York. (Young lawyer, how about contacting her?)

Her father, Dr. Edwin R. is the chairman of the communications department at Texas A&M University. (Potential communications major, seek his advice if you want to enroll there.)

The bridegroom is a partner in Clark, Gagliardi & Miller, a law firm in White Plains. (Mr./Ms. recent law graduate, shouldn't you take the initiative to explore this law firm for career opportunities?)

Valeria B. & Christopher N.
The bride, Ms. B, 28, is an account planner at Deutsch, an advertising agency in New York. (Advertising majors, please note.)

The bride's father, Herman B. was a civil engineer for the Asian Development Bank in Manila. (Civil engineers and international business majors, make special note! This international civil engineering job may still be open.)

The bride's mother, Giovanna, was a math teacher at the International School in Manila. (Teaching majors, if you want some intercultural and cross-cultural advice before going abroad to teach in an Asian country, here is a fine resource person to touch base with.)

The bridegroom, 32, is a management consultant in the Washington offices of McKinsey & Company. (Business majors interested in consulting, here is a raw lead.)

The bridegroom's mother, Nancy, is a lawyer in Bethesda who provides companies with consulting services on environmental regulations. (Chemical engineers and lawyers in the environmental protection field, note the connection.)

The bridegroom's father, Thomas, is an associate director of the enforcement division at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington. (CPAs, accountants and lawyers, go for it, if you please!)

Networking should never stop, unless you are asleep or in a coma. Then, of course, it will not matter anyway!

Hilary F. & Justin G.
Hilary F., the bride, 28, works at the Related Capital Company, a real estate investment business in New York, where she is vice president for investor relations.

Justin G., the bridegroom, 30, also works at the Related Capital Company, as an executive vice president for property acquisitions.

(It is not unusual for one of the spouses to leave for a different company to further their career. In this case, if your field is investor relations or real estate acquisitions, I would keep a close watch on Related Capital Company for future openings.)

The bride's father, Steven F. of Framingham, Massachusetts, is employed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a manager in optical systems engineering. (Physics and engineering majors, this is worth checking out.)

The bride's mother, Barbara, also employed by M.I.T., is a software analyst for the laboratory that examines weather data gathered by radar and satellites. (Meteorologists and software programmers, where are you hiding?)

The bridegroom's father, Donald, is the director of business development in the asset management division of the Ramius Capital Group in New York. (An ideal contact if you want to find out more about financial business development.)

The bridegroom's mother, Laura, is a senior designer at Medical Space Design, a company in Dallas that creates spaces for hospitals and other medical institutions. (If I were an architect or a civil engineer, I would pursue this specialty.)

Thinking Outside The Box
This article may sound hilarious and ludicrous, but if you examine it closely, it is an unconventional way of networking. I do not have any hard-core statistics to cite for its success rate, but I have a gut feeling that it is high. I would even nudge you, my dear reader, to write to these people, cold! One good way to begin is to tell them sincerely that you saw their lovely wedding or engagement picture in the newspaper and you want to send in your congratulations. In a low key way, you want to ask their advice and network with them. The same goes for the parents of the bride and the groom.

Remember what Dale Carnegie said: "One of the most important ways to make people like you is to make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely."

To that I would like to add: "Networking should never stop, unless you are asleep or in a coma. Then, of course, it will not matter anyway!"


Don Sutaria, also known as "Career Doctor Don", is Founder and President of CareerQuest. He has been quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on radio and television and has taught at various colleges. He is the author of Career And Life Counseling From The Heart (Your Career is a Pathway to Your Soul!).

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