Despite the current crisis and limited to no business travel, it also means that people may be more available for a quick call or video conference. Networking is easier to schedule and as business models change, so does opportunity. Where can you be most impactful? It’s clear that these are times that call for flexibility and adjustment to a new normal. I spend hours on ZOOM calls daily and conduct business differently. Each day is a challenge and brings an awareness that we
Whether or not you are currently engaged in a job search, networking is a fundamental activity that should be embraced for numerous reasons. With time at a premium for most working adults, adding more to an already full schedule may feel like another obligation. It’s true that unless there is a clear intention and purpose, attending an event with a general notion of making contacts is unrealistic. It requires a plan and a purpose. We recommend the 3-3-3 approach as a minimum
But what if your style is not so exuberant? Can an introvert still network like a seasoned pro? According to Devora Zack who offers tips to connect with others in large groups, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Creating business opportunities can be a compelling enough reason to get out there and it is an assumption that everyone else has the innate ability to do so with ease. She breaks it down into a three-part process: Pause: Introverts are often good listeners and planne
The women’s networking meeting was minutes from my suburban home in a hotel I knew had adequate parking, spacious ballrooms and standard hotel fare. Refreshments at these gatherings were secondary to the purpose in going; make connections, meet people and in this case, to hear the speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan. She is a well-known Boston based investigative TV reporter who had also authored several books and that made the package complete. This “trifecta” of compelling reasons
Document: • Is your resume up-to-date? Is your LinkedIn profile congruent with your resume? • Keywords, language, and proper formatting are crucial • Recruiters have minutes to review resumes and you don’t want yours ignored • If you have any doubts, hire a professional to create this all important document Connect: • It’s the perfect time to renew old contacts and refresh your current network • Don’t assume people know that you are actively searching for a new position • Sch
“Breathe. Speak more slowly. Notice the quality of your voice. Slow down!” 80% of jobs are found through networking your network Whether or not you are currently engaged in a job search, networking is a fundamental activity that should be embraced for numerous reasons. With time at a premium for most working adults, adding more to an already full schedule may feel like another obligation. It’s true that unless there is a clear intention and purpose, attending an event with a
According to this month’s Boston Business Journal survey, people do give increased attention to their career goals in January.
• 20% – Find a new job
• 17% – Do a better job of setting realistic goals and following through
• 17% – Achieve better work/like balance
• 14% – Get a pay raise
• 12% – Get more organized
• 10% – Delegate tasks more effectively
• 10% – Other Finding a new job may certainly be doable, yet without specific steps, wishing, hoping and praying to be
2. Work to understand your inner critic
Observe thoughts that trap you with fear and prevent you from achieving your objectives. Write these down on a piece of paper, then crumple it up and throw it away to symbolize your freedom from thoughts that interfere with your goals and dreams. 3. Recognize recurring patterns in your life
What makes you happy? What are your recurring interests and social needs? What makes a work environment feel good or not so good to you? Write it
Whether or not you are currently engaged in a job search, networking is a fundamental activity that should be embraced for numerous reasons. With time at a premium for most working adults, adding more to an already full schedule may feel like another obligation. It’s true that unless there is a clear intention and purpose, attending an event with a general notion of making contacts is unrealistic. It requires a plan. We recommend the 3-3-3 approach as a minimum goal for any e
“Business people generally think of networking as a mutually beneficial meeting for both parties. But that’s not usually what it is. Far more often, it is one person asking the other for a favor. I have been a management consultant, business owner and speaker for more than 12 years. Before that, I was a business executive and a trial lawyer. Along the way I have received invaluable advice from others — guidance that educated me and helped me make important professional connec
1. Look at the issues that make you crave change and outline your goals.
What are you satisfied with about your current situation? What are you dissatisfied with? Is it your boss or the culture of your organization? Or do you really want to change careers? Outline your goals- for example, more money, more time off or more flexibility. Write it all down. 2. Work to understand your inner critic.
Observe thoughts that trap you with fear and prevent you from achieving your obje
The best networkers know how to:
1. Introduce themselves confidently
2. Make eye contact
3. Always wear nametags on the RIGHT side
4. Describe their business briefly
5. Describe their ideal client
6. Tell you how you can help them
7. Ask how they can help YOU! We can always benefit from pre-planning by having business cards readily available, however the number of cards you collect is more important than the number you give out. Remember, with their contact information
In business, the opinions of others matter. Business etiquette experts suggest you consider the following: • Do my clothes conform to the company policy or do they push the limits? Too short, tight, low-cut or too loud?
• Are my clothes in good repair? Free of stains, odors, rips?
• Do I dress appropriately for the situation? Is the meeting at Starbucks or a private equity firm?
• Am I prepared for an emergency? Keep an extra outfit in the office, just in case. Body langua
There are no shortcuts and no compromises on using the right techniques at every step of the process. Although the list below may look like a list of choices, it is not. You MUST do them all. You can’t do some and miss on others. At least not if securing your next job faster is a priority. 1. Goal setting: Write down your job goal “script.” Be clear and specific about your desired job title and roles/responsibilities. 2. Tracking: Build a spreadsheet or other useful tool so y
The survey by Right Management, the talent and career management arm of staffing giant Manpower, polled 300 job seekers and 100 people on the hiring side, including hiring managers, recruiters and human resource executives throughout North America. Among the job seekers, two thirds were Baby Boomers and one third were members of Generation X. Some 95% say they are looking for a permanent job, up from 84% in 2010. Just 23% want to be entrepreneurs though slightly more Gen X jo