When it comes to job hunting, networking, and career management in general, it usually pays dividends to monitor the local press and stay current on the things that are going on in your local business community.  Not only can a steady news regimen help alert you to important new trends and emerging opportunities, but it also will enhance your small-talk skills immensely, in addition to providing you with a much deeper arsenal of information to “trade” with the people you encounter in your daily travels.

Along these lines, one of my favorite long-time sources of Puget Sound business news has unfortunately gone away, which is Washington CEO Magazine. This excellent publication folded its tent last month and published its final issue.  The good news, however, is that Washington CEO was purchased by another publishing company, Tiger Oak Regional Publications, the outfit that publishes Seattle Business Monthly — and many of the writers and staff from WCEO will be moving over to this other title to help enhance its local business coverage.

The January 2009 issue of Seattle Business Monthly is already out, in fact, and had a great article discussing the power of networking and featuring five of Seattle’s top “connectors” in the business community.  These individuals were Geir Hansen of Silicon Valley Bank, Charlie Hafenbrack of GLY Construction, Eric Liu of Guiding Lights Network, JJ McKay of JJMcKay & Company, and Janis Machala of Paladin Partners (go Janis!).  For those of you who are in transition and aren’t familiar with Seattle Business Monthly, this would be a great first issue to pick up, since this well-written piece does a great job of explaining the mindset of top networkers and the incredible degree of creativity they bring to connecting people and building quality relationships.

The magazine’s website can be found here and subscriptions, if you can believe it, appear to be absolutely free!  So what are you waiting for?  Get on their distribution list today and plug yourself into some GREAT content related to the local business scene…