Networking is about meeting people you know who can vouch for your past performance and connect you with people you don’t know.
After writing The Best Job-hunting Secrets of All Time, and reading the comments, I can safely conclude that 20% of job-seekers find networking necessary, appropriate, and comfortable. Another 20% find it necessary, but uncomfortable. The rest are either not doing it, or doing it wrong. (Note: I’ll be hosting a job-seeker webcast on Oct 10th discussing this and related topics.)
As many of you know I wrote a book, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired, attempting to describe the hiring process from all perspectives: job-seekers (active and passive), recruiters (the good and bad), and hiring managers (the fully- and not-so-fully engaged). One theme of the book was to suggest that job-seekers need to take matters into their own hands when they find companies, recruiters or hiring managers using some flawed hiring process. The techniques in the book will not help you get a job you don’t deserve; they will only help you get one you do.
How to Build a Great Professional Reputation
Having a great professional reputation can be its own reward: It’s fulfilling to have people think highly of you. But beyond that, a great reputation can give you tangible payoffs, in the form of job offers, higher salaries, better project assignments and the security of knowing that you’ll have somewhere to go when you’re ready to move.
But what does it take to do that? Here are eight keys to assembling a reputation that will serve you well.
1. Show respect and kindness to everyone. It’s one thing to be warm and polite to the head of the company; after all, most people manage to do that. But pay attention to how you treat others, too, such as the receptionist, the office temps and the guy who sells you hot dogs in the lobby. Make a point of treating everyone with respect and warmth, and others will notice.
2. Keep your word. Do what you say you’re going to do, in whatever timeline you committed to – whether it’s completing a project, getting back to someone about a question, giving feedback on a project or connecting someone to your contacts. People will learn that they can count on you and that your commitments are iron-clad. Read more…
15 Apps to Make You an Awesome Intern
Want to be the best intern, ever? There’s an app for that.
Technically, there are tons of apps to keep you organized, sharp, and constantly learning—everything you need to impress your new boss. And all most all of them are free!
So, grab your smartphone and start using it for exactly what it was meant to do– to help you become an awesome intern!
1. Evernote (Cost: Free)
Evernote is a great way to remember all those important ideas (and instructions!) you can’t afford to forget. Stay on top of your internship duties with notes, snapshots, and recorded voice reminders.
2. Workflowy (Free)
Love making a list and crossing things off? This streamlined app is for you. With hashtags, filters, and great search functionality, Workflowy helps you create the world’s coolest To-Do list.
3. Remember the Milk (Free)
Organize and prioritize your internship tasks with Remember the Milk—or, in your case, Remember the 1,000 Things You Need To Do Before Wednesday. You can set due dates, add notes, postpone or repeat tasks, and even print relevant checklists. Read more…
- How Workflowy Has Changed the Way I Work (mattmazur.com)
- The 10 Best Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You (wisebread.com)
- Using Evernote for High School Visits (wacac.wordpress.com)
- 5 Tips for Making the Most of Evernote (everything-pr.com)
- Remember The Milk Is Still My Favorite To Do List App (futurelawyer.typepad.com)
- 8 Pro Tips for Evernote Power Users (mashable.com)
- 5 Evernote Tips for Your Personal Assistant (business2community.com)
- Lest We Forget! 5 Apps We Use To Remember Everything (refinery29.com)
- Top 6 Ways to Use Evernote for Business (thesocialmediahat.com)
- Take note: Smart classroom tools for tech-savvy students (pcworld.com)
Millennials: Here’s Why Employers Won’t Hire You (And the Fix)
Hey Millennials! Did you know employers are three times more likely to hire a mature worker than they are to hire you?
That’s right. According to a survey of recruiters, 60 percent of employers would rather hire mature workers, while only 20 percent would choose to hire Millennials. Why?
There are apparently several critical qualities employers said many Millennials lack. Let’s take a look at those, as well as what we Millennials can do to overcome those perceptions:
Mature Workers Associated with Increased Professionalism
Mature workers were considered reliable by 91 percent of employers and professional by 88 percent. For Millennial workers, only five percent of recruiters said they were professional and two percent said reliable.
To change this negative perception, you should deliberately focus on emphasizing your reliability. Talk about specific times in your career when others depended on you and you delivered. Additionally, it’s easy to show you’re professional by dressing the part and following up with the proper etiquette in emails and interviews. Read more…
- Millennials Are Judging You by Your Technology (inc.com)
- Diversity & Inclusion Matters to Millennials (business2community.com)
- 5 Tips For Better Management of Millennial Employees (business2community.com)
- Millennials Moving Into Work Force (wctv.tv)
- CIOs need to push BYOD policies to lure Millennials (techcentral.ie)
- Recipe for a Millennial (Written by a Millennial) (thewritingshopaholic.wordpress.com)
- Learning to love working with (and for) millennials (prdaily.com)
- US / Roughly 40 percent of Millennials have tattoos (jobmarketmonitor.com)
- Survey Reveals HR Opinions on Millennial Job Seekers (stafftoday.wordpress.com)