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How to Work the Room Like a Pro

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In my last post, I revealed my deep-seated fear of networking in person. I’m also afraid of sharks and Alex Trebek, but I’ve bodysurfed in the ocean and taken the qualifying test for Jeopardy, so overcoming networking jitters is definitely doable.

If you’re like me, and you don’t like meeting new people at networking functions, consider trying some of these techniques at your next event:

Career Advice: Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Eleanor Roosevelt advised all of us to do one thing every day that scares us. As a naturally risk-averse person, daily thrill seeking isn’t necessarily in my cards, but the theory does have some merit for planning a solid career. Whether you’re searching for a new job or looking to spice up the one you already have, here are 5 ideas to get you outside your comfort zone:

1. Say YES: In Enchantment, Guy Kawasaki encourages everyone to become a yes person. Don’t hesitate, don’t weigh the pros and cons, don’t think about how much extra work you’re adding, just say yes. Getting involved in new projects, offering expertise, and putting yourself forward will make you more visible and help you grow your reputation. This is extremely important if you are looking to advance your career, and just as important if you want to maintain the status quo. With companies downsizing and restructuring, you can no longer afford to sail under the radar because when it comes time to eliminate roles, who are they more likely to cut: the highly visible integral team member they can’t live without or Whatshisname?

Passions or Paycheck?

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Of all the career advice I’ve encountered over the years, “do what you love and the money will follow” makes me sigh the most. I agree that you should let your interests guide you toward professions and jobs, but I will never promise anyone that the money will follow. Depending on your interests, you may absolutely love a profession that has a statistically low pay scale, like teachers. They may be passionately invested in their craft, but most of them won’t be gracing the cover of Fortune anytime soon.

So if you’re supposed to be engaged with your profession, but you’re not supposed to blindly “follow your passions” then how exactly does this work?

Find the answer, and strategies for combining passion and career development in my guest blog post at Integrative Academic Solutions

 

 

 

 

Building Bridges: How to Be a Better Networker

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Lots of people tell me they don’t like networking. They say it feels fake and disingenuous. If it does, you’re doing it wrong. Networking is nothing more or less than building relationships. A good networker is a bridge builder, someone who makes connections for others without expecting anything in return.

This week I met with two clients for appointments, and I had coincidentally connected them for an informational interview. The interview seeker was energized and excited about the experience, and the mentor was happy and grateful that I had given them an opportunity to “pay back” the help I had given them. As Guy Kawasaki writes in Enchantment, when you help someone out, give them the opportunity to repay the favour. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

5 Simple Resume Mistakes

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In our digital world, we devote countless hours to submitting applications online. But most resumes contain simple mistakes that remove them from ever being considered, especially if the employer is using an Applicant Tracking System. Here are 5 simple mistakes you can easily correct:

• File Format – Many employers use an applicant tracking system like PeopleSoft or Taleo, and those programs can’t read pdf files. If the computer is the first gatekeeper and it can’t process your resume, then you’re out of the competition before you’ve even started. Use .doc instead.

• Email Address – Sounds like a no-brainer, but you need to have a professional email address from which you are submitting your resume. According to statistics compiled by BeHiring, 76% of resumes are ignored if the email address isn’t professional. name@whatever .com will do just fine.

Who are we?

Catherine Maybrey Coaching Services provides comprehensive career coaching packages to help clients move forward in their transition through action. As the principal and owner, Cate believes in “telling it like it is” and helping her clients to reach their goals through a combination of education, information, and collaboration. She also works with employers to provide custom training and organizational effectiveness solutions, believing that people should work smarter, not harder.

Our Services

For individuals seeking assistance with their careers, we offer support for everything from resumes and cover letters through growth and advancement, specializing in clients with graduate degrees and mid-level careers across all fields. We also offer client group coaching programs and custom designed solutions for organizations.

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