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How to Network When You Aren’t Sure What You Need

Filed under: Attitude, Communication, Confidence, Networking, Professional Development

Networking is something that makes a lot of people cringe—and understandably so. When people think of the word “networking,” images of forced and insincere flattery comes to mind.

But that’s more often the case when networking is an event—a ritual you perform every once in awhile. Practiced as part of a routine, it can be a lot more livable—just another way of building meaningful relationships. The best time to network is not when you need something, but when you don’t actually have a specific ask in mind. Here’s why, and how to get better at networking when there’s no obvious need you’re trying to fulfill.

WHY YOU NEED TO NETWORK WHEN IT FEELS POINTLESS
Many will immediately recoil at the idea of networking outside the confines of specific events, purpose-built for the occasion, and when there’s a clearly defined need they’re trying to fulfill. After all, networking usually requires pursuing people individually, even if it’s on a casual basis and possibly getting rejected or ignored over and over again.

Continue reading the original article on Fast Company…

You’re Invited: Legal Services Candidate Open House

Filed under: Goals, Hiring, Interviews, Job Search, Legal, Networking, Recruiting & Hiring, Temp Work, Your Career

YOU’RE INVITED

Solomon Page Legal Services Candidate Open House
Wednesday, May 17th
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join the Solomon Page team to enjoy light refreshments while registering for exciting upcoming legal opportunities. We have new projects every week, and are eager to meet document review attorneys of all levels. Registering with Solomon Page is an important first step for consideration. Informative group sessions will be held to discuss the benefits and the resources provided to our exclusive community.

Added bonus! Brush up your resume with Legal Services East Coast Managing Director Julie Favetta, who will be hosting Resume Workshops throughout the day. These workshops give you exclusive access to over 20 years of experience working with clients and placing candidates at Top 50 Law Firms and Fortune 500 Companies.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP before May 14th by emailing RSVP@solomonpage.com with your resume attached and preferred time slot: 

1:00PM – 1:30PM
1:45PM – 2:15PM
2:30PM – 3:00PM
3:15PM – 3:45PM
Space is limited and we will only be able to meet with individuals that RSVP with their resume to the email address noted above. We look forward to seeing you soon!

10 tips to master the art of the career humblebrag

Filed under: Networking, Social Media, Your Career

Modesty is the best policy, right? Not when it comes to describing your professional accomplishments. Here’s how to master the art of the self-promotion to advance your career.

In today’s hyper-connected social media-centric culture, there aren’t many topics that are off-limits. People seem comfortable sharing the most intimate details about meals, travel, kids, pets and personal drama, not to mention their feelings and opinions on politics, current events and religion. But there’s one subject that seems to render even the most outspoken people mute: their professional success. And that’s a big problem.

Click here to read the rest on CIO >> 

Your Community Holds the Key to Career Success

Filed under: Career Advice, Networking, Women Leaders

You’ve landed your dream job. You volunteer for assignments, sign up for committees, join colleagues for happy hour. You’ve got that networking thing nailed. Right?

Wrong!

Yes, it’s important to build a network within your organization, getting to know – and be known by – people across departments, disciplines, levels. But it’s just as important to get involved outside your organization.

You might question if you have time for more, but to me, it’s a no-brainer. In my experience, getting involved in the community is an investment in you that will pay long-term dividends.

Here’s why giving back to the community has also been great for my career:

Click here to read the rest on Motto >>

7 Ways To Maintain Your Professional Network Without Annoying Your Contacts

Filed under: Networking

Ever notice how moving forward in your career comes down to networking? Eighty percent of job openings are never publicly advertised, according to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article. That makes all those business cards you’ve collected and LinkedIn connections you’ve made extremely important.

The tricky part, however, is keeping in touch with your network of former colleagues and clients in a genuine way, so you don’t come off as self-serving or stalker-like.

Part of it means maintaining some level of regular contact, so you’re never in a position where it’s been years since you’ve connected, and suddenly, in the middle of a job hunt, you have to send a sheepish “Remember me?” email.

Click here to read the rest on Fast Company>>

The 9 Things Your Online Professional Profile Must Have

Filed under: Job Search, LinkedIn, Networking, Social Media

This is what you need to get noticed

It’s not enough to have just a resume anymore; if you’re serious about your job search or your career, you need to have an online professional profile on a site like LinkedIn.

But you can’t just copy and paste your resume into the profile template and call it a day. Experts say the online format gives you opportunities to sell yourself an ordinary resume can’t provide—if you know how to use it.

Here are their recommendations.

Include a photo.

“You get 21 times more views if you have a profile photo,” said Catherine Fisher, career expert at LinkedIn.

Click here to read the rest on Time.com >>

Build A Network: 5 Tips For Small Talk With Senior Colleagues

Filed under: Branding, Career Advice, Communication, Confidence, Networking, Relationships

Connecting with colleagues at work is among the best things you can do to improve your effectiveness in the workplace. And while it’s easy to lean over to Amy in the next cubicle and ask her how her weekend went, when it comes to a more senior colleague in the corner office, the idea of starting a conversation can be intimidating. So what should you say when you hop on an elevator and find yourself one on one with the managing director?

Ask About Them

Generally speaking, people feel comfortable, and enjoy, talking about themselves. While it might be intimidating to start the conversation, the easiest way to get it going is to ask a question to which you know that senior colleague has an answer. Questions about their commute, hobbies and television shows you know they enjoy, or a recent vacation are all lighthearted, easy, and enjoyable. Who doesn’t like talking about the trout they bagged over the weekend, or the latest storyline on Scandal? The point of these conversations is to build some common ground so the next time you find yourself in the elevator you can see if they enjoyed the Mad Men finale as much as you did.

Click here to read the rest on Edge Work >>

10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking

Filed under: Attitude, Career Advice, Communication, Good Habits, Networking, Professional Development

Do you associate networking with shameless self-promotion and ‘more = more’? Does that make your stomach turn? Me too!

Networking has a bad reputation as a forum for superficial small talk. Yet real networking is about establishing mutually beneficial, lasting connections, one person at a time. And with my modern approach to networking, even you can shine and thrive at a board meeting, convention, or free-floating cocktail party.

The reason so many of us hate networking – and profess to stink at it – is because we’ve been futilely following the wrong rules. Rules that only work for a paltry 15% of the population and require us to be phony – a sure fire way to short circuit.

Click here to read the rest on Careerrealism >>

How to Network with Powerful and Influential People

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Communication, Networking, Professional Development

The single worst thing you can do when you meet a powerful and influential person for the first time is ASK for something. Yet I see people do it all the time. It absolutely drives me crazy. It’s one of the reasons I wrote this article. There is a protocol that you should follow when you network with society’s elite. Here I’m going to share some of those unwritten rules with you. Follow them and you won’t make a complete fool of yourself the next time you wine and dine with the rich and famous.

1. Don’t Use Your ‘Networking Organization’ Elevator Speech.

You know the type of networking organizations I’m talking about right? The ones that meet weekly and have a fixed elevator speech: this is who I am, this is what I do and this is my ideal client. Those don’t work with powerful leaders. You need to be more flexible, authentic and organic in how you introduce yourself, not just press play on your internal tape recorder.

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>

7 Ways To Prepare For Your Next Networking Event

Filed under: Career Advice, Insights, inspiration, Networking

Have you ever gone to a networking event, met a lot of people, and then nothing ever resulted from it? This is a common situation, but when you are seeking to advance your career, you absolutely cannot afford to not take full advantage of networking opportunities. A study by the outplacement firm Drake Beam Morin, revealed that 71% of jobs are filled through networking. Here are 7 ways you can prepare for your next event.

1. Think of topics you like to discuss– How to start a conversation is a common fear among networkers. Tackle that fear by thinking of things that you like to discuss such as movies, books, hobbies, traveling, pets, or kids. This mental preparation helps with conversation starters.

Click here to read the rest on LinkedIn >>