Help Them Help You!
by Harry Urschel - Feb, 2010
Most people understand the importance of networking when looking for a job, however, few do it effectively. People tell me their networking conversations or meetings are awkward and rarely produce anything meaningful. When I dig a little deeper, I often find that they expect their networking contacts to somehow just know what to do. Most people would love to help you, but have no idea how they can. It’s up to you to help th...
Managing The Trick Question
by Karen Burns - Feb, 2010
A loyal reader writes with this intriguing dilemma: How do you respond when a manager says they understand your job can be a bit boring and repetitive? This conversation was at an informal networking event. I responded by saying it’s challenging in some aspects but there are interesting parts. Is it okay to admit it is boring? Ah, those tricky little “innocent” questions. You can make yourself crazy with them. It’s...
Time to Revise Your "Elevator Speech!"
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2010
If you had only seconds to tell someone about yourself, you'd give what's called an "elevator speech" -- because it's brief enough to deliver on an elevator ride. A well-written (and memorized) elevator speech is an invaluable tool because: • It describes what you do, for whom and how they benefit. • It allows you to introduce yourself, quickly and efficiently. • It emphasizes the Wow! Factors you bring to the table....
Why Office Popularity Matters
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2010
In high school, didn’t a part of you always wonder how the cool kids did it? Popularity remained an enigmatic aspect of human existence that ceased to be relevant once we threw our caps in the air...right? There are scores of research studies on popularity in schools, and most have indicated that popular children are viewed as better students and make and maintain friendships more easily. In 2009, however, organizational ps...
Career Management In The New Workplace
by Leslie B. Prager - Feb, 2010
The work world of today is dramatically different than the workplace was when I began my HR career back in 1980. Those were the days before the social media phenomenon, blackberries, the internet, virtual meetings, etc. The issues facing professionals today include the “new workplace”; fast-paced, on-demand staffing; a multi-generational, cross-cultural workforce; demographic trends such as the aging workforce and baby boomer...
The Value of Your Tweets During a Job Search
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Feb, 2010
How To Tweet Your Way to a Job Lead The value of your tweets. Now that you have set up your Twitter account, what do you tweet in order to get closer to an actual job lead? There are many steps you can take to job search via Twitter but in this blog post, I will focus on your tweets' content because a great tweet can propel you closer to a job--a bad tweet can help you lose the job you currently have...AND QUICKLY! Micr...
Networking Is A Form of Career Insurance
by Beth Wellesley - Feb, 2010
We will be presenting recommendations for building and improving career insurance to reach your career goals for the short and long-term. People who are not naturally drawn to professional networking often tell me they don't realize how important it is until they lose a job. In light of the social networking buzz this topic is in the process of evolving and changing as well. Tools like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are gre...
Using LinkedIn Groups To Expand Your Professional Network
by Tai Goodwin - Feb, 2010
So you’ve uploaded your picture, filled in your work history and added a few people to your LinkedIn network. Now what? You’ve heard stories of how people are using social networking platforms to build wider networks but how exactly does that happen? How can you gain exposure, expand your network, and find opportunities to grow your career? Joining and contributing to LinkedIn groups is a great way to enhance your network....
Network by Volunteering
by Brad Karsh - Feb, 2010
One key networking option is often overlooked: Volunteering. Volunteering isn’t likely to get you a job directly, but it’s a low risk way to expand your network, showcase your skills, and gain some solid experience. Imagine spending 2 or 3 days a month volunteering. It’s not a huge commitment, and it doesn’t matter where you do it. You can volunteer at your favorite charity or nonprofit, or you could volunteer at a priva...
How to Organize Your Contact Network for Success
by Andy Robinson - Jan, 2010
All to often I find that my coaching clients, faced with an impending job change -- voluntary or involuntary -- realize very quickly that their contact network is "stale" and rather shallow. It is MUCH easier to maintain and nourish your network on an ongoing basis rather than play "catch-up" when you find yourself in need of help from others. Your network of business, professional and personal contacts is the most valuable...
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