New Economy: Career Q & A

July 29, 2020
9:45 am - 11:00 am




Register for this talk here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

To round out the New Economy series, career coach Win Sheffield will be available for an hour to answer your questions about how to manage your career as we approach the Fall.  Join in to share what is working and what is not.  Win will address managing your time, how better to use technology, how to convey your value with stories and the new normal for networking in this strange time.

 

But the bottom line is:  The call is for you and what you make of it.  Share your issues and you will find you are not alone.  Please send any questions you want to be sure to be addressed when you register.



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2 Comments on “New Economy: Career Q & A

  1. What’s the best way to develop promising new relationships in the virutal space?

    How can you best use social media to attract the right opportunities?

    Is Linked-In all it’s cracked up to be? How do you best organize your time for such social platforms?

    • * What’s the best way to develop promising new relationships in the virtual space?

      Because of the scale that it makes possible, virtual space is rightly recognized as a powerful medium. What is not focused on as often is that that scale is only half the equation. The bottom line on relationships in the virtual arena is the same as the bottom line for simple in person human interactions: What is your connection? What common interests or connections give us access to this person’s attention?

      So, the best way of developing promising new relationships is not such a mystery. It is the same as it was when we were drawing pictures of bison on cave walls: reach out to people with whom we have something in common. Start with people you know; they may not know your industry, but they know people who do. Then talk to people in any virtual or live industry groups you belong to. Other people who you share an affiliation with like fellow alumni can also work well; you may not know each other, but your common connection can open them up to a conversation (and if not, move on).

      In addition to getting the conversation, you also want to make sure that conversation is one they enjoy. I don’t know about you, but I like it when I can answer people’s questions. Don’t ask people for what they don’t know or don’t have: no asking for jobs! That does the opposite of developing a relationship.

      * How can you best use social media to attract the right opportunities?

      However you present yourself in social media is what you will attract. If you present yourself as something that interests you, that’s what you will get. If you present yourself as interested in something that seems likely to have jobs, then do not be surprised when you get that.

      * Is Linked-In all it’s cracked up to be? How do you best organize your time for such social platforms?

      For those who are not prepared to provide regular comments or articles of interest on social platforms or who do not want to take the time to follow up on the input that something like LinkedIn can provide you about who has been checking out your profile, I can suggest two uses of LinkedIn, one passive and one active.

      The passive action is to complete your profile with at minimum a description, jobs held and a picture. This will allow people to find you. If you are unsure how to do this, there is ample advice on the internet.

      The active action is to learn how to find alumni of any school you attended. Many alumni are happy to talk to other alums. This requires a simple three step process:

      1- In the search box type your school name and look for a listing with that name followed by ‘school’. For instance Yale University school or Faber University school)

      2- On the school page towards the left side bottom click on Alumni.

      3- Use any search criteria you like (e.g., Marketing, analyst, or a company name) to find people who might want to talk to you.

      Like many other things, the value of a social platform is directly correlated with the effort you put in.

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