Archive for Networking

NetworkingAny career coach will advise you that statistics show the key to finding a job is through networking. So you find an appropriate event, you dress for success, and you’re ready to network.  At the event, however, what do you do when you meet “the “talker” who only wants to chit-chat and doesn’t add information? If you continue talking, you’ll lose significant time and lose potential networking opportunities. You don’t have to feel stuck.  Simply assert yourself.  When you’re ready to meet someone else, simply say, “I enjoyed talking with you.  I promised myself to meet at least five other people, so will you excuse me? I hope you enjoy the event.”

If you fear you’re being impolite, realize that you may be doing the other person a favor because they can now meet someone else and so can you.  The most important promises to keep are the ones you make to yourself, so prior to any networking event, promise yourself to meet at least five people. Then, when you explain your reasoning for meeting other people, you’re being perfectly honest.  Now you have a new tactic to apply.  Enjoy your next networking event!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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In my latest YouTube video I offer some critical networking career advice for the new year. In this video I share how to be a connector not a “user.” Here are the five things you must do! Start today and incorporate these steps into your career plan for the new year.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Check out my latest video as I discuss sounding desperate during the interview process. I hear this question often from career coaching clients and did again last week at Agnes Scott college in Atlanta. “When I’m in an interview or at a networking event, how do I tell them I’ll take almost anything – without sounding desperate?” Check out this video to find out how to handle this understandable job search concern, which by the way, is easy to manage!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Many our clients are still hesitant to dive into online networking and actively use LinkedIn as a tool in their search for their dream job. Find out what to do about it in this career advice video:

Hallie Crawford
Job Coach

 

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First ImpressionWhether it is a job interview, networking event, career fair, it does not matter where you are meeting someone in a professional way, you can’t have a cold fish handshake. I always notice this when I meet someone, especially if their handshake is not firm. You have heard it before, that first impression is critical and how you shake hands with someone says a lot.

Here’s some advice from our job search coach, Terry Wynne, reprinted with permission from H2O magazine:

Whether you’re applying for a job or meeting an interviewer, you want to ensure that your first impression is a good one. One way to do so is through an effective handshake.

When you shake another person’s hand, lock the area between your thumb and first finger with the same area on other person’s hand and press your palm into the other person’s palm. Imagine grasping a tennis racket so you grasp firmly, but not too hard.

Shake hands two to three times. Either a male or female can extend a hand first – gender does not matter. Do, however, avoid putting your free hand on top of the other person’s hand that you’re shaking. You’re meeting a person – not consoling them.

No one likes the wimpy handshake, the “shake your arm off” handshake, or the “I’m afraid to touch you, so I’ll just touch your fingertips” handshake. Show your confidence with a firm handshake while looking directly into the other person’s eyes and say something memorable or appropriate with your most sincere voice, such as “How nice to meet you.” If the other person truly shakes your hand effectively, be sure to add, “You give a good handshake!”  Since not everyone shakes hands gives a good handshake, that person will be receiving a rare compliment.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Career IdeasI was talking with my associate career coach, Stacy, recently and it reminded me of something I wanted to share with you. One of her career coaching clients has been in banking all her life. She sees herself as a banker and others do as well. As a result, she could not brainstorm career ideas outside of banking because she couldn’t get past that filter. Here’s a quote from Stacy’s client about her experience:

“Stacy’s coaching process shook me out of that filtered approach so I could really see that my talents and passion could be applied in ways I had forgotten. I am really excited and tremendously grateful about the possibilities I’ve rediscovered through this process.”

Stacy had to take time during coaching with her to break that mold so she could help her think outside the box. She helped her jog some memories as well of past work experiences. In college her client was a docent at a museum. First, she had not thought of that as a possible career path (working at a museum). Second, she almost had forgotten about that experience even though she loved it at the time!

This happened to me recently at a meeting with Barb Henry who is the director of alumni services at Oglethorpe. She gives students the advice of asking their roommates parents for networking connections. These students don’t think of that because, they are just their roommates parents – not someone who works! But lo and behold, when she mentioned this to a student recently they realized, their roommates’ father works at Coca-Cola and she was off and running.

Remember to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your industry, or how you perceive the people you know, and how you walk down memory lane. This will help you remember past experiences that you may have forgotten or not considered as  viable career options.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Check out my latest video as I discuss the importance of networking for recent graduates. You have to learn how to network. In this video I share why it is important and places you can look for networking opportunities.

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

Work ProjectsI was excited to be featured in this recent career article on the Work Reimagined website, How To Pick Projects That Will Boost Your Career. I wanted to share a couple of additional thoughts with you:

1) Diving into something new to boost your talent in your career, or beef up your skills, is also a good way to network. You can meet new people in the firm that you may not have, or clients you’re working with who you haven’t interacted with before. This can increase your list of networking contacts in this new area of skill for you.

2) Remember to mention what you accomplished on new projects in your resume and on your LinkedIn profile. We often don’t update our resume for years if we’ve been in the same position for a long time. Keep your resume fresh. Make a task to update it every 6 months so you don’t forget anything. Updating your resume doesn’t mean that you want to leave your job. You can also use these stories or examples in a performance review. It helps you remember to keep track of your performance.

3) Be willing to say “No” as well. If a project isn’t going to directly boost your career and may end up being a drain on your time, say no and be confident with that decision! Realize your time is valuable and that you want to spend it on productive activities.

If you’d like more help with your resume, contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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