Building Mentoring Relationships
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2013
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are engaged in a mentoring relationship: 1. Broaden your Definition of the Term “Mentor” Another term for mentor could be “learning partner.” We can learn from people older and younger than us. You should select a mentor who can help you with specific concerns like conflict resolution, etc. Select them based on their knowledge. 2. Build a Board of Mentors Sometimes, yo...
Elevate Your LinkedIn Profile So Your Talents Can Be Discovered
by Linda Dobogai - Feb, 2013
Having a strong profile is only the first step in actively using LinkedIn as part of a strategic job search. Take steps to make it easier for recruiters to find you. Here are some tips that will help: Review your profile to make sure it is optimized for searches. Be sure that: The headline promotes your personal brand. Use up to 120 characters (the limit) to succinctly communicate your career value; incorporate powerfu...
Hate Networking Events? Try This Instead!
by Kim Meninger - Feb, 2013
The thought of attending networking events sends shivers down the spines of many well-intentioned professionals who understand the importance of building a strong network, but are uncomfortable mingling with groups of strangers. While networking events certainly offer convenient opportunities to gather with like-minded professionals, they are not the most effective form of networking. Because of the pressure to network, ma...
Get a Job! Social Networking vs. Resumes
by Rich Jones - Feb, 2013
Did you know that even with a spotless résumé, you can still end up at the bottom of the candidate pool? There’s a group ahead of you, a group that’s gone the extra step in their search. Who am I talking about? The networkers. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is more than a poignant cliché, especially in today’s market. A good number of the people interviewing for the job you know you’re qualified for found a wa...
Career Benefits of a Strong Network
by Heather Huhman - Feb, 2013
What’s your secret weapon when it comes to your career? If you’re feeling unsure, there’s certainly one fail-proof way to impact your career for the long-term — develop and maintain a vast network of contacts. While you may have originally been prompted to build your network during your job search, a large pool of professional contacts has more to offer than just connections to job openings. The benefits to establishin...
Using Social Media to Gain Visibility, Credibility and Maybe Even a New Job
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2013
Over the past few months I have landed several long and short-term projects that I never would have had a shot at if it weren’t for social media. By spending less than 15 minutes a day on an easy and fun strategy for building relationships, I was found by the people who needed someone with the type of expertise I possess. Through my profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, I became top of mind and relevant to people all ov...
Using Social Media for Your #jobsearch
by Samantha Wanie - Feb, 2013
Social media websites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook can be effective job search tools if used appropriately. Creating a strong web presence is important in order to become more visible to employers and recruiters. The following are some great tips to get started expanding your social media presence. 1. Create a professional LinkedIn profile that can be used as your online resume. The more active you are with expandin...
10 Tips to Better Networking for Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
As a career marketing professional, I coach clients and teach college classes on the importance of networking in your job search. Today we recognize networking comes in many forms and includes both online and in-person networking. For the past three years, I have expanded and experimented with my online networking skills and definitely grew a healthy and helpful network. In-person networking in my life has been large...
Inside Job: 5 Reasons You Should Tap Your Friends and Contacts to Get a Job
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
Are you sick of hearing about how important it is to tap your network to earn referrals and jobs? You hear it from your friends, your career coach, and when you pick up a book about how to find a job. If you're spending all of your time pushing out resumes to apply for positions, you're missing a crucial piece of a successful job hunter's strategy. Today, networking opportunities abound and come in many forms: both online...
Tips That Make Networking Easy Even If You HATE Networking
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2013
“Networking”. It’s hard to have a conversation or read an article about how to get ahead in business, how to find a new job, even how to get a child into a prestigious kindergarten (!), without the subject of professional networking being raised. We’re told that career success is built on professional networking which is fine unless you’re someone that considers the time and effort networking takes to be about as enjoyable...
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