Tag Archives: Networking Ideas

Don’t Be A Job Search Turkey!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and while most people’s thoughts turn to the annual feast and associated family gatherings, it’s important to remember that for job seekers, their search continues on. For them and anyone else contemplating changing job, it is important to know that there are certain things that shouldn’t be done to avoid being labeled a “turkey.” Here are some tips to think about to keep your reputation intact as you look for work: 1) Always thank those that help you. Whether you get a job or the lead that was provided to you turns out to be a… Read »

The Hidden Gold of Employee Referral Programs

Think of it as a bounty. A price on your head (as it were), and you don’t even know what that price is. But in truth… that doesn’t even matter. What DOES matter is how this program delivers results for you. What I am talking about are the smart and savvy companies that offer incentives to existing employees for referring top industry talent as suggestions as potential company new hires. The adage of “people hire who they know” rings ever true. By being engaged in your industry, building meaningful relationships and connections, and yes, even volunteering within your field or… Read »

LinkedIn Networking #FAIL: Here’s What Not To Do

Yesterday, I was speaking at a business group on the concept of career management, and among the many topics I covered, we discussed networking. Particularly, the do’s and don’ts of how to do it right. Then, ironically, I received the following astounding email shortly after my speech concluded.  As an open networker, I don’t mind connecting to folks, but when any of us get messages from someone we’ve never met or interacted with (like the one below), we totally cringe: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good afternoon Dawn, Thank you for connecting with me via LinkedIn. I’ve been with (ABC Company) for 5+ years. During that… Read »

The REAL Reason So Many People Hate Networking

Aside from the nervousness that comes from having to talk to complete strangers, most people don’t realize the true reason why they loathe networking. It’s about not the early meeting times for many of these events. It’s also not about trying to be cheerful or overly perky. And it’s not the pressure of trying to meet valuable contacts. The real reason so many people hate networking is simple: They are afraid that they won’t have anything meaningful to say. You never know who you are going to meet at these events, or what you will talk about. Topics can range… Read »

Open Letter to Career Industry Professionals

When I first got started in my career (the one preceding this one), I discovered something powerful that had profound impacts throughout my life. It transcended my work. It shaped my thinking. But more importantly, it helped me grow. I got involved in professional organizations.  These memberships truly have a “push-pull” effect on your own professional and personal development. You only get out of it what you put into it.  True: sometimes, they are like a demanding mistress, hounding you to get deadlines done that are critical to the organization but have absolutely nothing to do with your paid “daytime”… Read »

Do Something That Scares You… It Will Change Your Perspective

This past weekend, Brad, my husband, and I were out camping in the very remote northeast corner of Oregon. It was so remote, in fact, that we only saw 10 cars go past on the road the entire day, and even that seemed like a major traffic jam. We had gone hiking one of the days that we were there, and had just returned back to camp only to hear a low rumble growing on the horizon. It grew louder, menacing, like a monster gathering strength. Sure enough, it was clear that a thunderstorm was on its way, so we… Read »

Too Shy To Network? Get Over It.

A week ago, I attended a business mixer sponsored by the Portland Business Journal, and was immediately reminded about something. As I walked into the crowded room of about 200 professionals, I remembered that keeping up the art of networking requires you to keep working at it. Like exercising a muscle, you need to keep flexing it in order to keep it in shape. Not that I have any excuse… I have been (ahem) a little negligent myself lately in getting out into true networking situations where I don’t know anyone.  A heavy client load and multiple projects have kept my… Read »

Mean People: Whaddyagunnadoaboudit?

Last week, I was on the road for business and on one of my flight legs between Houston and Atlanta, I boarded the plane to find someone sitting in my aisle seat.  Long story short, somehow there was a glitch and they had the same seat assignment, and since they got there first, I was told to find any open available seat.  Greatttttttt….. I was one of the last ones on board at this point, and of course, the only ones remaining were the dreaded middle seats. But it got worse… and you probably know what is coming next. As… Read »

Top 7 Survival Tips For New Grads In The Workplace

For most traditional new graduates, moving from the school world into the workplace is a huge culture shock. They are going from an environment where everyone has been the same age and generational outlook to a suddenly diverse social environment with people of all ages and backgrounds present. Learning the ropes of a new job, mastering the social ladder of a workplace, and in general, trying to figure out  business etiquette can be pretty frustrating to new workers. Here are some tips for new grads on navigating their bold new venture in the work world: 1) Be patient.  Today’s graduates are used to the… Read »

Be Specific in A Job Search

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Iwanna. Iwanna who? Iwanna job… any job… I know… I get it…This joke falls totally flat… just like a generalized request for employment you might put out to your friends, colleagues, and network contacts. The WORST thing you can do is say, “Help… I need work… any job will do!”  People want to help you, don’t get me wrong, but none of us are job boards and aren’t repositories or list trackers to keep tabs on every single job opening out there.  We’re human, remember? Your network WANTS to help you. But until you get specific, our hands… Read »