Managers and executives are busier than ever, and networking can sometimes feel like an added task on your calendar. However, finding the right networking opportunities serves an important role in your career and for the growth of your business. When you are a leader, it can be difficult to find a mentor or someone to brainstorm ideas with. A challenge many leaders face is finding others with shared experiences that can provide professional and career insight. Collaborating with peers connects you with individuals who share similar responsibilities and can offer advice or guidance. Additionally, making connections creates opportunities to give back to the industry, to mentor and to support fellow leaders.
Networking isn’t easy but it’s a very important practice for all professionals to engage in. It can be a challenge to navigate conversations and meet new people, while eating and drinking at a networking event and leave a lasting and positive impression with those you meet. What can you do to manage your reputation and ensure networking success? Take some advice from our F.R.I.E.N.D.S when it comes to reputation management at your next technology networking event.
Mimic Monica and Be the Best Host
Feeling a little discouraged with your job search in 2013? Make 2014 your year by looking at your job search in a whole new way. The same way a personal trainer can help you start a healthy and effective workout plan, a recruiter can help get you on the path to a healthy and effective job search. Below are some questions and suggestions to creatively shake up your job search in the new year.
What does qualified really look like?
Several articles in 2013 discussed the issue of under-qualification in your job search. How many times have you looked at a job listing and thought, “I would be perfect for that job” but because you are missing a few, albeit important, qualifications you pass on the opportunity and do not even apply? It’s like going to the gym and seeing the machine that you don’t know how to use and thinking, “I’m not going near that”. It could be the machine to work those muscles you’re trying desperately to find and you just need someone to show you how to use it. If you are already having trouble finding a job while searching for positions you qualify for why would you reach even higher? That’s where a recruiter comes in. They can help you highlight the skills that you already have and advocate for you with prospective employers about your capacity to learn and contribute.