Career Networking Does Not Produce Instant Results

Are you expecting instant results from your networking? If so, you may be disappointed. Networking is not a one time activity. The most successful networkers are consistent and network for life.

As a business and career coach I ask my clients about their networking plan. Some clients tell me they tried networking once and it did not work. I spend a good portion of each day talking with people. I talk to all kinds of people including corporate professionals, small business owners, strategic partners and other regular people. It is very rare for these discussions to immediately produce sales or new clients.

What does happen is that I develop on going relationships with people. I look for ways I can add value to their career and personal life. I follow up after the initial contact with an interesting article, a referral or note just to say hello.

There are times when I meet a person several times before I even talk about my career. It is not unusual for me to get a call from someone I met 6 or 12 months earlier with a coaching referral or public speaking request. Everyone knows other people. You never know when one of your contacts will connect you to the perfect job opportunity, strategic partnership or new client.

If you are looking for networking to drive huge changes over night, it is time to reset your expectations. Slow and steady is the way to develop and nurture networking relationships which are mutually beneficial to both parties. …

Dumped Into Adulthood, What Now?

Image Grads: Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Unfortunately for many, the answer is a resounding "no." Hordes of college grads have not acquired any skills that will enable them to get a decent job. And if that were not bad enough, they're saddled with a mountain of debt that will be an albatross around their neck for decades to come.

With no prospects for the future, is it any wonder that so many college grads feel lost. This is not the way it was supposed to be. Higher education was supposedly to be the best investment one could make to guarantee a solid future. Any wonder that they feel cheated?

What now? Dumped into adulthood, with no job prospects, many decide to double down on their education. Go to grad school. Get an advanced degree. But will more education pay off? Or will it simply dig a defect debt hole? No guarantee. Even many with graduate degrees are unemployed or underemployed.

The importance and value of a college education has been sacrosanct for many years. But things change. Remember when owning a home was the guaranteed path to building financial security? Paying rent was supposed to be throwing money down the drain. Then came the housing bubble. And we all know how that turned out for scores of homeowners.

Might it now be time to open question question the value of a college education? With the walloping non-stop increase in tuition costs, it sure seems like we've entered an education bubble that will leave many in mega debt with no prospect for even an ho-hum career. Latest reports indicate that 53% of recent college grads are either unemployed or working at a job that does not require a college degree. There are more than 100,000 janitors in the US with college degrees and 16,000 parking lot attendants.

Many families would do well to consider other types of post-secondary education for their kids. Perhaps learning a marketable trade is the way to go. There will always be a need for auto mechanics, electricians, carpenters, beauticians, make-up artists, and workers with other hands-on skills. These jobs will not disappear and can not be shipped overseas. Or, one might consider investing in a small business or franchise. Become an entrepreneur. Pursue your culinary skills. Follow your artistic dreams. Or, attend college not as a four year vacation with beer parties, drug parties, hooking up and easy courses as the main attraction. But pursue your degree with the primary goal of learning marketable skills.

But what about the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčeducation for education's sake? Is not that what college is supposedly to be about – making you smarter, more savvy, more cosmopolitan? Ideally, yes. However, in today's world, anyone who wants to become smarter and savvier does not need to attend college. The Internet can provide you with an amazing low cost or free education.

Several companies, including Coursera and Khan Academy, offer lectures taught by world-class professors. You …

Climbing the Career Ladder Takes Savvy

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, with companies continually assessing ways to reduce their costs, advancing your career is going to take planning and savvy.

Here are some tips you should consider:

Does Your Company Give You Room To Grow?

This is actually something you might want to consider prior to accepting any position. Consider the size of the company.

Bigger companies offer more opportunities.

And, most companies worth their salt will hire qualified employees from within.

Be the Best Employee You Can Be

Being the best employee you can be begins with paying attention to some of the basics…

o Punctuality

o Always dress for success… even on “casual” day

o Willingness to take on additional responsibility

o Willingness to work as a team and help out your co-workers when needed

o Going the extra mile, working the extra time, and going beyond what’s expected of you

o Volunteering to work on committees and extra projects.

Broaden Your Horizons

Consider your weaknesses – we all have them. Then, consider what you’ll need to do to turn your weakness into strengths.

For instance, many people in middle-management find themselves having to do presentations, either to groups of employees or to visitors. And, perhaps you feel uncomfortable speaking in front of groups of people.

That’s a relatively easy fix. Join your local Toastmasters. It’s inexpensive, and the group helps you to overcome your fears.

Continue your schooling. Additional training in your particular field is highly beneficial. As is, training to improve your leadership and supervisory skills.

Even if the courses you are taking don’t seem relevant to your position – it’s all good. Employers like employees who are continually working to improve themselves.

Whether it’s coaching your son’s little league team, or organizing a 5K benefit run for a charitable cause, consider volunteering to gain additional experience in leadership and organization.

Applying For the Right Position

Chances are you have your dream position in mind. Keep your eye on that position, and don’t be tempted to apply for a position just because it pays a little more.

However, if making a lateral move from one department to another gets you a step closer to that position, then go for it.…

Is it Time for a Career Change?

Are you finding yourself smack-dab in the middle of a corporate downsizing ? Are you fed up with your current job and just want to try something different? Or have you simply decided to get involved in an industry that really excites you?

Whatever the case, there is a tool you've got to use to be successful in your transition. It's called a Career Change Resume . This is a little understood but very powerful tool in the job search arena. Done correctly the Career Change Resume opens doors and gets you in at a higher level (meaning higher pay) than a regular resume.

The trick is convincing employees to give you a shot at the new job and not start you out on the bottom rung! The secret is being able to show the employer that even though you are new to the industry, you have valuable skills and abilities that will benefit him and his business.

The biggest mistake I see people make is using the same old resumes in applying for new jobs.Those Resumes will not work! The next big mistake is to write a resume that makes them appear to be completely new to the work-place , a resume that does not even show one ounce of applicable, valuable skill. That type of resume simply screams entry level pay-scale .

Here is a drill, take a good hard look at what skills and abilities you already possess. Are these skills and abilities valuable to a new employer, even in a new field? You probably have tons of applicable experience, and schooling that will translate to the new career. Do the drill, you will surprise yourself! You are a valuable person.

Now write the resume in a format that will really show off these skills and abilities and show the employer that you will be an extremely valuable member of his staff. A key to doing this well is to show how your experience at job A will translate smoothly over to job B. Be precise and clear.
Know what you are talking about.

Your Objective should clearly state what you bring to the table as an employee and give the employer a spelling reason to call you for an interview. And the body or your resume should back up your objective, Selling your transferable Skills and Abilities .

You should also send a cover letter that stresses how excited you are about the new field and focus on experience, training etc. that translates to the new field. Show your motivation and enthusiasm and sell yourself as an ideal candidate.

In this particular situation I recommend you use a resume writing professional. The reason is that you can easily lose thousands of dollars in salary with an improperly written resume yet, you can hire an incredibly skilled and talented Resume writer for only a couple of hundred dollars, does not it make sense?

Good luck in your New career! …