Can You Name 10 Companies You'd Work For?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

02:30 PM

Use this career planning guide to figure out where else you may want to work, and to have a plan if you get fired.

There was a time when you could count on your employer to take care of you for the long haul. You'd graduate college, join a large corporation, stay there for forty years and retire clutching a gold watch. The company laid out your career path, your pension, and your progression through assignments.

Yep, there was a paternalistic moment in American corporate history.

This is not that moment.

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Given upheavals this past decade, you never know when your present employer is going to retrench, reboot, & release you. There's nothing less welcome than an unexpected and involuntary separation from a decent paycheck and a warm cubicle.

So it is far, far better to keep yourself in the driver's seat and do "heads up" career planning: keeping one eye on the future of where you're going is the best way to make sure you stay safe and comfortable in where you are.

You'd prefer a running start should something ever go wrong with your current company, which is why it's smart to have an updated list of 10 companies that you'd like to work for in the future should the occasion require.

Topics: Interview, Networking, Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter, Goal Setting, Professional Development

I Hadn't Realized I Was Doing It Wrong Until They Told Me

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:54 PM

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.  

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Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding: 


When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.

Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

Common Mistakes To Avoid While Networking

Posted by Michelle Hawley

02:58 PM

Get the most out of your networking experience by avoiding these common mistakes. [TWEET]

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Networking is a very crucial step in the job search process.  This is where you make real-life connections that could mean the difference between a job opportunity or nothing.  People want to hire people.  When you know someone who could provide you with the right connection to getting a job, you have the advantage over other job seekers vying for the same position.  Because networking is so important, you want to get the most out of all of the events, seminars, classes, etc. that you attend.  Don’t mess up great opportunities by making any of these common mistakes.

Topics: Networking

11 Icebreakers for Your Next Networking Event

Posted by Guest Contributor

03:30 PM

Connect with other professionals by asking questions that will go further than scratching the surface. [TWEET]

By Samantha Popp

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Amidst the sea of suits and heels at a professional networking event, it can be difficult to make valuable conversation with strangers. But as we all know, professional networking means transforming those strangers into friends, connections, and customers.

Given the fast-paced nature of most networking events, it’s essential to plant the seeds of a future relationship in a matter of minutes.

Be the first to ask an open-ended question and encourage your new friend to open up. After handshakes and hellos, use these phrases engineered to jump start authentic conversation at networking events.

Topics: Networking, Professional Development

9 tips for getting the referrals you want

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:09 PM

Need help getting the right references for your dream job? Try these tips. [TWEET]

By Michelle Kruse

At one time or another, we’ve all been asked to provide a list of references when seeking employment. This request is typically accompanied by a few guidelines such as the number requested (three is standard) and who they don’t want you to list (most notably relatives). If you have an active short-list of people who can vouch for your strengths and accreditations, this is an easy task. But what if you don’t have such a list prepared?

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Topics: Networking, Personal Branding, Job Application, Job Search Process

How networking groups can help you in your job search

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:20 PM

If a few new friends could help you land a job, what's stopping you from joining a networking group? Utilize these simple tips for efficient, effective networking at events. [TWEET]

By Steven Zarch


When it comes to securing your next job title, you cannot rely completely on your education, experience and skill set to win over the hiring manager and land you the position. There is often too much competition. 

To overcome this challenge, I always encourage job seekers to join networking groups and professional associations to align with industry leaders and hiring managers. Whether you are searching for your next job in the finance world, or something in the operations space, what sets many professional job seekers apart from the rest is corporate relationships and industry involvement – all possible to gain through valuable networking.

Topics: Networking

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Next Alumni Networking Event

Posted by Amanda Augustine

06:25 AM

Turn your next alumni event into a networking goldmine with these tips. [TWEET]

There’s no denying the power of a valuable network. Studies show that you’re 10 times more likely to land a job when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. And a survey by Alumnifire, a digital platform for alumni networks, found that 90 percent of hiring managers would prefer to hire a fellow alumnus, if given the option. [TWEET]

Whether you’re searching for a job, building a business, seeking a mentor, or simply want to advance your career, alumni networking events can be goldmines for uncovering important connections and resources.

Here are six quick tips to help you make the most of these alumni events.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

How to network without feeling like you're doing it

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

 

Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding: 

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job. 

Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal. 

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she? 

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably. 

No, instead, ask for a reference. Mention that you're going to be moving on, or you're already looking, or that you're actively out on the street. Let them know the type of positions you are and are not suited for, and what you're hoping to achieve in your next opportunity. 

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

How to Find the Right Mentor to Advance Your Career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

The right mentor can take your career to new heights. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

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The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, whether you’re new to the working world or already well-established in your industry. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely to have mentors throughout their careers than women. [TWEET]

Mentors can propel your career in innumerable ways. They can help shape your professional skills, teach you the ins and outs of your industry, help you navigate corporate politics, overcome adversity, and introduce you to the right people and resources to advance your career. Check out these five different types of mentorship below to find out how you can reap the benefits of professional guidance throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

Network Your Way Through the Holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:42 AM

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a self-proclaimed wallflower, make networking a priority this holiday season.

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Experts agree that networking has become an essential skill for today’s career-driven professional. In fact, networking is the number one way to land a job and advance your career. [TWEET]

Not only are you ten times more likely to land the job when your job application is accompanied by a referral, but by getting an inside look at the company culture from your connection, you’re more likely to fit in with the organization, thrive in its environment and stay with the company longer than the average candidate blindly applying online.

As the holidays approach and your calendar fills with cocktail parties and family get-togethers, remember to make networking a priority this season. To get you started, I’ve collected some of my favorite networking tips of all time.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking