Don’t Demote Yourself in the Office
by Terri Tierney Clark - Oct, 2014
It was when I called my naval officer father by his first name that he told me I was “bordering on insubordination.” No joke. I wanted to laugh, but even at age 13, I wasn’t that stupid. With my upbringing as a Navy brat, not surprisingly, I entered the work force with as much fear of corporate brass as anyone. At my first job, the new trainees worked mostly with the recent MBA’s. They were pretty approachable, so all wa...
Networking Doesn’t Work
by Bernie Frazier - Oct, 2014
That’s right I said it, networking doesn’t work! For many people that is. The reason why? They don’t know what they’re doing. By now everyone has heard, “Oh, you must network if you want to find a job/find a better job/move up in your company/….” There’s just one problem with this statement. They don’t follow it up with the “hows” behind it. You see, there is an art to good networking and, unfortunately, many people don’...
First Impressions Count
by Carole Kanchier - Oct, 2014
Do you make great first impressions at job interviews or business meetings? Do you present yourself professionally when making phone, fax, e-mail or videoconference contacts? First impressions are critical. Research suggests that people evaluate others within the first minute. Decisions are usually based on appearance, posture, speech, and demeanor. Many business transactions are won or lost in the first few minutes. D...
How to Gain Trust With Your Colleagues
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Oct, 2014
Building and maintaining trust in the workplace is vital to a healthy environment where colleagues feel valued and respected. Attempting to build trust amongst employees has become a major challenge for many organizations and lack of trust often leads to disgruntled colleagues and frequent turn over. Lisa Carver from Associated Content shared these practical tips for establishing and maintaining trust at work. Always be t...
Create A Board of Personal Advisors
by Stacy Harshman - Oct, 2014
Most successful people will tell you their success was due, in some part to the people who mentored them along the way. Having trusted advisors in your life is the basis of what is known as your board of personal advisors. Newspaper columnist John Crosby describes the concept as “a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction”. Below are suggestions of how you can build your board of personal advisors....
Network into Your Next Job
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2014
A job search can feel overwhelming at times. You don't need to do it alone. Your network can help take some of the "work" out of your search. Getting Clear It's important to let your network know that you are in a job search. They can't help you if they don't know! And, without clearly defined job targets, i.e., specific positions, industries, and companies you are seeking, it can be even harder for your network to help....
How Does Networking Fit Into Your Brand Strategy?
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
In a recent blog post, I mentioned how a positive second impression develops a lasting business relationship. When you’re networking, your brand is “on stage.” You’re making connections, focusing on your presence, and collecting business cards. You’re doing great! Now be sure you have a strategy to keep it going. Once you’ve made sure to “Do it Right”— from your appearance, to your behaviors and business etiquette—how will...
The Underestimated Importance of a Mentor
by Corinna Klawon - Sep, 2014
I have been recently faced with some challenges in my personal life but also in my work life (I applaud people who can separate the two). I have found myself just running in a circle in hopes of finding an answer. I am trying to better understand what my personal goals are and how I can close the gap between what I do and who I want to become. I was so close to this issue that I felt like my vision was clouded. I know that our...
Has Your Network Abandoned You? 10 Tips To Win Them Back
by Rob Taub - Aug, 2014
Running out of ideas on how to stimulate your network? Are your one time ‘good contacts’ harder to reach today? Let me be blunter: Has your network abandoned you? How often you can use your network contacts and for how long, is entirely up to you. If you leave that up to them and it becomes “work” for them, expect contact to be infrequent at best and short-lived. FACT: It’s human nature to want to help others (we just do...
Six Simple Summer Networking Tactics That Will Help You Get Hired Quickly
by Michelle Dumas - Aug, 2014
“Summertime, and the living is easy…”. Sure, if you’re settled in a job and perhaps even getting ready to go on vacation. If so, a person could be forgiven for believing that the living is indeed easy. If, on the other hand, you are looking for work or to change jobs, it’s likely that “Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty” more accurately describes your feelings about summer. Summer may act...
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