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Focus on Building Networks

By: Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: March 26, 2009, from the April 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

I was reading an article about the economy recently and it stated that, nationwide, community volunteerism is reaching a new level.

When you think about it, this does make sense. Unemployment has soared to an all-time high—7.6%, or 11.6 million people—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these professionals want to keep busy, and feel that they are doing some good with their unexpected downtime.

Community volunteerism increased as much as 16% in January. Laid-off workers are finding that by volunteering within their community, they can network with other business professionals, and it also allows them to network within many different facets of business, potentially opening doors to future job opportunities. In a recent article in The New York Times, reporter Kelley Holland notes that, “More than two million people lost jobs in 2008, and many talented and experienced managers have time on their hands.”

Keep in mind that losing your job is not a requirement to network, volunteer or be active within your community. Some of the personal benefits of networking can include gaining valuable experience, broadening your social network and demonstrating leadership skills that can be showcased to future employers. It has even been suggested that certain health benefits, such as higher self-esteem and an improved sense of well-being, can result from volunteering.

What spas are doing

Actively participating in your community also plays an important role for your spa. It can provide a cost-efficient method of advertising, help get the spa name out in your area, and show that spa team members are a caring and active part of the community. Plus, it allows you to network.