This article from Entrepreneur.com by Mel Carson ties into my theme for the week on mentoring - it is so important to identify mentors for any type of career and even for entrepreneurs.
When I was at McGraw-Hill Education, there was a women run mentoring group called "WINS" - Women's Initiative to Networking for Success and I was lucky enough to run the initiative for the 2 Penn Plaza location and we really had a wonderful group of women dedicated to both being mentors and being mentees. We invited girls from a local high school to come onsite and get partners to find out more about careers in publishing. We also had a corporate run initiative linking women to mentors in the organization to help grow careers and take next steps. I loved helping with WINS and it fit in well with my belief that mentoring helped so much in my career. I am lucky to have had great mentors and I do hope I have been and continue to be a great mentor to others.
Something to think about is that even though technology makes being in touch "easier" it can actually be harder to build these types of relationships where someone has a true vested interest in seeing you succeed for no other reason than to just know that they were some small part of that success. To have these relationships, it is important to also be invested in the success of your mentor and to try to provide help to them as well. We are all human and today's environments in Corporate America and even as entrepreneurs is 24/7 so we can use the help and the support of others most but we do not always want to be asked to do something for others - it has to be a two way street.
This article talks about not being afraid to ask and just as important is to provide support for your mentor, too. And to mentee others - so take on some mentors, too.
What do you think about having mentors in your career? If you are an entrepreneur, do you have a mentor? If no, do you think you could use one? Happy Hunting!
5 Tips for Finding and Keeping a Good Mentor
The first time I heard the term "brand" in reference to a person was back when I was in college, believe it or not. It sounded weird and bizarre and I could not wrap my head around how a person could be a brand - even as a Marketing major it made no sense. So for my second original blog post, I thought I would talk about how to build your own brand from my perspective - a marketing major/professor for whom it did not come intuitively.
I would say that even for my students and clients, the idea of being a brand is just not always an intuitive one. There are some people, though, who can run with the idea and successfully execute managing themselves as a brand from day one. I think that I am finally at that level of branding myself but it took me a long time, a lot of sweat and some major fears to overcome to execute on that plan. So here are my tips on how to build yourself as a brand.
Tip 1: Identify what you are great at
Know your sweet spot. What can you do better than most others? For me, this is teaching. I was always a teacher even when I did not know it - I used to tutor other kids in college on statistics and other subjects and when I did my MBA in Italy, I led some seminars on how to interview well and always had the most students vying to be in my groups - oh and led some late night Black Schole Model Training in the offices of the Rome Campus of St John's University (wow, la bella vita, huh?). Yes, I guess I am a nerd...
But I still did not realize or know how much teaching would become my passion. So how did it come about? I had a mentor (see Tip 2) who helped push me to be an adjunct - he was instrumental in me getting to Italy for my MBA and continued advising and helping me for many years after that. He encouraged me to keep applying to be an adjunct at St John's University even though each time I applied I was told that I was too young, too new out of Grad school and not the right fit. Until finally in 2003, I got the call. You see, an economics Prof had fallen and broken their neck (not fatally, thank God) but could not teach and as it was last minute, they needed someone, anyone and that person was me - what a way to begin my teaching career, right? At the time, I was working full time at Standard & Poor's but got special approval to work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I could embark on being an adjunct professor. I taught a micro and a macro class to college freshman - could it be any more "boring"? But, I loved it and I was hooked and luckily was asked to come back to teach at nights in NYC campus and even a few super early classes on the Staten Island campus that fit into my work schedule.
Tip 2: Surround yourself with mentors and mentee others
It is important to have a team around you - people who can help you identify what you are great at and people that you can help do the same thing. This is a step deeper than networking - though networking should also be about what you can give and help other people with more so than what you will get back (because by giving, you will get back). This is having people who know you, people you rely on and trust their advice. This is a level of networking that is more focused on helping and creating long term relationships. My mentors have all been in my life between 5-18 years. But I also mentor others - and this is where I feel I truly learn and grow the most. Always work on building a team and giving back to others, too.
Tip 3: Do not be afraid to put yourself out there
I have said before that though I have been an entrepreneur since 2002, this is the first time I have taken my thoughts, my image and even videos of me and used them to communicate my thoughts and more around the business idea that I have to help people achieve their next steps. I have a vision in my head and heart for what this business is and how to execute it and this is the first time I allowed myself to be authentically out there and share that these thoughts and visions are mine. This has been the key to the success I am experiencing with this iteration of my business, in my opinion. It is because I was brave enough to write that first blog post, to send that first tweet and to be out there.
This is something you can do, too. Take something you know about, some business news you have a professional opinion on and write about it and/or use LinkedIn to share an update or to comment in a group. You can start with baby steps. You do not need to create a blog right away - but you should create a blog. Based off of Tip 1, you can create and share with the world that which is your passion. Just be careful about sharing professional opinions only and not personal opinions - that is when you can get into trouble. I would caution to avoid real hot topic issues like religion, politics, etc. Focus on building your brand out based on your skills and capabilities.
Tip 4: Never give up
I think this is important in terms of brand building for both entrepreneurs and corporate career path folks. If you do not get the promotion or the dream job you want, keep trying. Keep learning. Keep trying to espouse and represent the values you want to be known for - but make sure you followed Tip 1 so you know what those values and skills are you want to highlight.
What do you think of my quick 4 #proftips on how to build your brand? Do you think of yourself as a brand? Was it easy for you to think that way or not? Happy Hunting!
I was lucky to attend an event hosted by the New York Small Business Development Center on Thursday of last week. The event was called "The Encore Entrepreneur: Your Second Career" and it was chock full of awesome information and wound up being a great networking event for me, my company The Next Step and for my upcoming Entrepreneurship course with Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning.
The Small Business Development Center for New York has offices locally on Staten Island and the representatives from there were all knowledgeable, helpful and willing to help all of us business owners take our next step. I have a meeting set up to go over my own business plan and a few other helpful things in a few weeks - see, even the teacher can be helped by others. One thing I have to say is that you can never know how to do everything and that is why it is so important to build that network and to have help or even a fresh pair of eyes to review and help you, too. No one is too advanced to not need help.
The speakers were excellent. Hands down - excellent. Ms. Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, the founder of Six Figure Start, really shared how she runs her business and other great hints on marketing, networking and more. She spoke to us about the decision she made to become an entrepreneur 8 years ago despite being the head of campus hiring at Merrill Lynch and also about how happy she is to have made the jump to being an entrepreneur. She really was an inspiring speaker. On a personal note, I really felt a connection to her and look forward to seeing her again and to hopefully count her as one of my mentors in the future.
Mr. Solomon Chemo spoke on behalf of his own business as a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and he spoke about the things entrepreneurs need to know re financial management, retirement planning and even exit strategies and insurance policies. I loved hearing him talk about his dad who built a business from scratch as an immigrant to this country and how at one point his dad did not see eye to eye with Mr Chemo re his decision to go into business for himself as a CFP.
At this point, we already got so much but there was still more - a panelist group including the speakers and a representative from the Small Business Administration Ms. Teri Coaxume and a few more financial services representatives from Santander Bank, a small micro-lending organization and a franchise attorney. We all were able to ask questions and get honest, well-thought out answers. For instance, my question was about how to allocate marketing dollars (which are limited, of course) to get the most value. All of the panelists had awesome answers but especially Ms. Thanasoulis-Cerrachio who gave me wonderful advice about using tele-seminars to help build out my business reach, which I will be doing soon. And Ms. Coaxume talked about blogging and sharing, which made me feel great because that is a big part of how I drive both traffic and clients to my site.
The event was well-run and super informative - and when it was over, there was time to network and meet new people who are all entrepreneurial whether they were just beginning or it was their second or third iteration of being in business for themselves. There were a lot of young people there who had spent 5-10 years in Corporate America and now were moving into being their own bosses with new technology innovations and other super exciting ventures and ideas. I wish them all luck and I hope to see some of them in my class on Entrepreneurship.
What do you think about events held by agencies like this? Have you ever gone to such events? Would you go after hearing my positives about it? Happy Hunting!
This article by Rosemary Haefner should make everyone quake about social media and how we use it and how hiring managers, human resources and others use it to weed out potential interviewees based on social media missteps.
CareerBuilder.com Think Before You Post Your Online Presence Can Cost You A Job
This article by Milton Kiang is a handy list of do's and don't's of networking. Read them, follow them and you will see an improvement in your professional life.
The rules are simple and should be easy to follow. The one on always keeping business cards on you is a great one. To maintain personal connections with your network, follow up with your connections individually to say "hi" but also to share something important to them either their industry or something you know they like. Joining a group and/or attending monthly events are also great ways to build your network. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is active and up to date, as well. This can help you connect with people and to just find out about events and groups in your area and/or in your industry that you can join to build more personal contacts in addition to online ones. I will say again that I think people under-utilize their LinkedIn profiles. Check out my product page for information on the LinkedIn improvement I can do to help you position your profile to get you the most out of LinkedIn.
This leads naturally to the don't's of networking - do not rely on social networks alone. You do need to connect in person with your network. Please do not only connect with people when you want or need something. We all have horror stories of getting a call from a connection and thinking it is all so nice and then getting hit with the pitch or the request. I equate it with the equivalent of getting called by your old high school friend and you think it is just a catch up call and then getting asked to host a makeup selling party or something at your house for them to see their stuff to your friends (not that this has happened to me or anything...). You get the idea.
Just make that call(s) periodically to keep cultivating your relationships, try to share and promote other people at all times and then when the time comes that you do need to rely on your network, they will be there for you but please do not ask us to host a make up selling party...
What do you think about the advice in this article? How do you network? Does it work well for you? Do you help others network? Happy Hunting!
CareerBuilder The Dos and Don'ts of Networking
Kimberly King has great insight on being a change agent and Monster.com's Jon Simmons addresses handling workplace conflict.
The most important thing to remember is managing emotions in the workplace. We are all human and make mistakes, get upset and sometimes even get angry but the most important thing to try to remember is to balance our emotions as evenly as possible. Especially as women, you run the risk of being called "emotional" and/or worse if you show too much at the office. It is a tough balancing act to smile and be professional if you are angry or upset. However, I think it is best to try to be on an even keel each day in the office. Save the reactions for when you are alone, write up a nasty note and then rip it up (I would say draft an email but this is too dangerous - I have heard of many people who have used their email to draft a nasty response or sound off and then accidentally sent it so be careful with the email drafting).
Kimberly King's advice is stellar about being a change agent - I have filled that role before and it is one that is treated by others as the harbinger of death, doom and destruction. Being a great communicator is so important for these types of roles and being a planner because you do have to plan for the worst (and expect the best, definitely, but just plan for the worst). Organizations resist change more than a five year old boy resists bath time - there is so much that is scary about change and people will reject it and /or try to undermine it in the hopes of the change being rejected. However, organizations need change and innovative ideas to survive and thrive. If you are a change agent, be prepared to grow a thick skin, try to handle workplace conflicts with grace and great communication. And definitely keep planning for the worst.
Jon Simmons talks about the 4 most common workplace conflicts and he talks about how NOT to react and he mentions being in 6th grade - as an educator from K-12 in addition to a college-level professor, I can agree with this. Younger students are always honest and reactive with their feelings but as we get to the older groups, there is a general consensus that you cannot yell and scream about what bothers you - there is a way to communicate that does not involve raising your own blood pressure.
A good piece of advice in the article is, âManagers don't like to get involved in workplace drama unless absolutely necessary, so only resort to this if talking to your colleague on your own isn't bringing fruitful results.â Instead, try compromise with those who do not agree with you and see if you can find common ground. For dealing with a competitive teammate, try to learn from them and see how you, too can learn to work faster and/or smarter. This is a big one - dealing with a "lazy" coworker - I agree that you should not take over doing their work because that will lead to resentment. However, this is a tricky one because as project based employees, you might need those pieces done and this is something that maybe should be escalated tactfully especially if you are dependent on that piece being done by said lazy employee before you can do your work.
What do you think about the advice in these articles? Are you a change agent? Have you had workplace conflicts? How did you handle them? Happy Hunting!
Fortune Get Buy In for your Idea
Monster.com How to Handle Most Common Workplace Conflicts
Mark Stuart wrote this awesome piece of advice using LinkedIn Pulse publishing and it really spoke to me. He talks about how GPA is not the most important indicator or the most interesting thing about candidates.
I always tell my University level students that it is okay to have other interests and passions and to hopefully be able to weave those interests/passions into their interviews. I often tell them that the GPA they have is not as important as being well-rounded and knowing what will make them motivated and happy. I feel that doing well in school is not really the same thing as doing well in life. It can definitely help prepare you for life and work and deadlines but it is not all it takes. In school, you have a "boss" but it is only for a semester or two - there is a requirement that you do the work, and you get a good grade. In real life, you have a boss or a team that is with you for years and years (hopefully) and that you need to be able to adjust and work with every day over a longer amount of time (post coming soon on what to do if your colleagues make you mad). And if you do not get along or fit in, you will not last.
So having other things to talk about is important and being able to take that next step. Mr Stuart says, "The main thing I looked for was cultural fit, and their attitude and approach to different scenarios." This is so important - the culture of the company along with encouraging diversity is the way to build effective teams.
Please do keep working hard in school but also make time for other pursuits that can be including in your elevator pitch about yourself and can help differentiate yourself enough to get the job for your next step. What do you think about this advice? What are you interested in that can be used to help you get your next step? Happy Hunting!
LinkedIn Pulse Doesn't Matter What Grades You Got in School
All great advice in the StrongSocial.ca article. Researching your market is a big one and although the cost is $0, you need to know what you don't know in order to research. What is your offering? To whom is it targeted? Where is your target market best reached? What is the price-point for your product or service? And so on and so on. I definitely like to do this as if it were a project and document my results - it is something my entrepreneurship course will be doing at Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning. This piece of the business plan is so important and can so often be overlooked. You get an idea and you just want to run with it and stopping to do this can feel like "work" - it can feel like something you might have done as an undergraduate but that does not make it any less important - it must be done. Severe missteps can take place if you do not do this research plus having it done adds value to your business because if you spent the time to think and plan, you will be that much more closer to success.
Turning email into a marketing campaign is something I am looking at building out - when you are a new company, you do not have always have a list of customers (potential or otherwise). I am building out my email list by offering some premium content to people if they register and other ideas to help build this out. Constant Contact offers a free 60 day trial and they also have some awesome tools you can use to create material to help build out your database of potential customers and people who just want to hear from your company.
Also having a mobile version of your website is important and some web hosting services automatically will make a mobile version (such as Weebly). And a great tool I have on this website is the chat feature - it is integrated into the site and can be used by any visitor to reach and chat with either me or my delegate.
SEO (search engine optimization) is also so important - having that research to know your keywords and to have them in place on your page will help and there are services out there to help (for different budgets) to make sure your business shows up on search pages. This is something I did with a lower-cost provider recently to make sure my business page shows up and that my contact information is there. I will let you all know how it goes.
This article talks about advertising on Facebook and LinkedIn. For me, I love using Facebook and Twitter marketing campaigns - it is super easy to do and quantifiable for end results - in addition, the budgeting for it is easy because you chose how much to spend per day and over how many days. It helps create some buzz for my new company and it does not break my bank / budget for advertising.
Informal (or formal) partnerships are another great way to build your business marketing plan. I am so happy to be partnering with Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning to offer a course to teach you how to execute on these and other marketing and entrepreneurship plans via the course Entrepreneurship: Building Your Own Business. Find out more below.
What do you think about these ways to market your small business for less than $100? I have used some of these techniques and I am happy with my marketing plan - have you? The best thing I ever did was the initial marketing research to identify and manage my plan. Happy Hunting!
StrongSocial.ca 6 Ways to Market Your Small Business for less than $100
This post is based on the NPR morning edition story I happened to hear recently with Steven Inskeep and Shankar Vedantam. The link to the audio and the transcript is below. Everything is spot on in terms of women and entrepreneurship and a little bit about differences between the genders. The fact that overconfidence can be a good thing in terms of being an entrepreneur is interesting. The tie in re gender men appear to be overconfident more than women and that might lead to the ability to be successful as an entrepreneur.
The research focused on here is of Kickstarter campaigns used by male vs female entrepreneurs and hits on overconfidence meaning if you failed to raise $10,000 for your goal by like $9,950 that maybe you should be discouraged and give up but that most men will just think they have to re-try, re-tool and come up with another idea, which then subsequently will succeed. Women, on the other hand, when they do not meet the goal of $10,000 by any amount - they will feel this just is not for them and give up without trying a second time.
I get this - I really do. I can speak personally here about the challenges of balancing the commitment it takes to be in business for yourself and the rewards that come from making that choice. When you have something that you feel passionate about and that you truly feel your product or service or even just the words you type/share can help others, it is a wonderful sense of accomplishment. My insights on how to interview, how to write your resume, how to take your next step is what I love to share -but at the same time, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post, it can be hard to share and you do worry about embarrassing yourself by putting yourself out there.
However, I do think I fall into being an "overconfident" person and that is why, even as a woman, I am an entrepreneur and have been since 2002. Being an entrepreneur means that you might fail but failure can happen in any choice of job or career and if you keep an open mind and are brave enough to share yourself and your commitment to your product or service, you will definitely be more likely to succeed than fail. I believe that as an entrepreneur if you stay committed and learn every day, you can have a successful business. That does not mean you won't ever make a mistake - we are all human and mistakes are part of life - the key is to learn from our mistakes and then never to repeat them. At least, that is what I try to do.
I have tooled and retooled my offerings and really taken my passion for teaching and helping others take their next step to a new level this year by finally sharing me and not standing behind a company called "Business Tools 2 Go" or any of my other iterations. In the past launches of my entrepreneurial pursuits, I did not publicize me and my thoughts and advice as the face and thoughts of the company. I have to say being brave enough to really brand myself as part of this company is what, I think, has made all the difference to the success of The Next Step and will make me an even better Professor to help you become an entrepreneur, too.
I thank you all for being on this journey with me and look forward to making more people just a little bit "overconfident" and able to launch their own businesses through my partnership with Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning. Check out the link below for my course information and let me know in the comments what you think about being out there as an entrepreneur and balancing the commitment? How do you handle your mistakes? Happy Hunting!
NPR.org Why are Women Less Likely to Become Entrepreneurs Than Men
Don Goodman on Jobhunt.org has some good advice on connecting with the interviewer and how important that is to getting your next step. It is interesting to try to do this via other mediums as discussed in the Why we all need media training post I put up yesterday. For a traditional in person interview, it is much easier to identify and work with body language. Through the computer or video screen, it is much harder to do that but it can be taught to compensate for body language cues that are missed via a video connection. For in person interviews, which you should hopefully be having if you are a serious candidate for the position to the interviewing company, you can use these tips in the article about body language.
I have mentioned here a few times about the importance of telling a story around your accomplishments - it is engaging and less boring for everyone involved. This is a time when if you can use some humor, it is nice to have a nice laugh - but be careful with humor because it can fall flat and/or be controversial if you are not careful. Asking questions is so important and that goes hand in hand with knowing the interviewer and the company - try to have these questions already identified in advance of the interview but also be prepared to think on your feet and truly listen to the interviewer to come up with new ones that are relevant and come up during the session.
What do you think about the advice in this article? Do you have any tricks for connecting with the interviewer? Do you think it is important to build a connection? Let me know in the comments or via tweet or even through the chat function below. Happy Hunting!
Jobhunt.org Ace Job Interview
I am so happy to announce that Wagner College Office of Lifelong Learning has partnered with by business, The Next Step, to provide an adult certificate course called Entrepreneurship: Building Your Own Business (click here to see the course information and my promotional video - http://wagner.edu/lifelong-learning/entrepreneurship/ . )
This is not your typical course. As you have been seeing if you read my blog, I am using some new software with video and audio enabling posts and more to really bring my teaching to life. Also, if any of my former students are online and paying attention, they will tell you that I am not a typical teacher - I am infectious, energetic and (usually) wicked smart.
I have launched and re-launched over a dozen companies over the last few years. I know the ins and outs of how to get stuff done as cheaply and yet as effectively as possible and I am so excited to share my passion of entrepreneurship with you.
This course is a course that makes you work - you will be (with my help) preparing and executing on an actual real-life business plan. If you do not have an idea at this time but know you want to be an entrepreneur, I can help you hone in on your specific market offering. If you already know what you would like to do, I can help you bring your dream to life. Just read through my blog post category of Entrepreneurship to see how much I research and keep an eye on in terms of marketing, technology and more for the small business. This is not even the tip of the iceberg of the work and knowledge I have to share on this topic - that is for my 12 modules that I am currently putting the finishing touches on and that will morph and change based on input from YOU my potential future students.
Please check out the course and I do so hope you register for it because I cannot wait to help you achieve your dream of becoming a small business owner. The course begins on 10/19 but it has a rolling admission so you can join us at any time to realize your dream. Happy Hunting!
This is my first off the cuff post without using an article to discuss. I have been thinking more and more about how both my career and entrepreneurship endeavors have benefited from the fact that I am comfortable with public speaking and communicating through various media - such as the written word, audio and video. A lot of my comfort has come from the fact that I have been a professor for over 12 years and practice definitely helps make close to perfect. Shooting the promotional video for my class up at Wagner College for the Office for Lifelong Learning on Monday made it clear that I was pretty comfortable communicating my enthusiasm and passion for this project - in fact, the person who made the video said that after hearing me she wanted to register for the class, too!
Today's job market is a tough one - there are many people who are qualified and looking for their next step. Something to set yourself apart is the ability to speak/present - I can say with authority that all of my work experience with Corporate America was as successful as it was due to the fact that I could present. When a company I was working at needed training done for senior management at a conference, I was the one asked to do it. When a project in Singapore was struggling, I was the one on the plane. And that meant exposure, that meant more opportunities and that meant great things for my resume and my planning for my next step.
So, why do I think media training is important? Of course, the most important first step is your resume - it must be as close to perfect as possible to get you to the next hurdle to pass - those of the interviews. Your interview might be done over the phone with just audio - how do you convey your enthusiasm, interest and capabilities using just your voice? Or your interview might be done using Skype where you and the interviewer(s) can see each other - how do you use the video medium to connect? The worst type of interview is one that I have only recently heard of and it seems to be a weeding technique - the one sided video interview. You are given a teleprompter via your computer and you are taped by your webcam with a certain amount of time for each question and then the videos are sent straight to the company interviewing you - you may or may not get additional takes. How can you be prepared for something like that? When the video is going for this type of interview, there is no preview screen so you do not know how you are coming across or if there is spinach in your teeth.
Media training is something I am considering offering training on to help prepare my clients for their next step. This would help you practice your phone interview skills as well as prepare you on how to present yourself on screen - it is different being on video than being in the room. You have to sit a certain way, you have to try to make eye contact seem possible (though it is very hard to do so because you cannot always clearly see who is speaking to you) you have to speak clearly and not too quickly and most importantly, you have to not fidget or do any of the things you might do when nervous like bite your nails or tap your foot.
What do you thing about media training? Is this something you think job seekers of today need? What about for those of you considering being an entrepreneur - do you think being comfortable over various communication mediums is important? I am including the link to the video I made this Monday - what do you think? Am I equipped to provide media training? Happy Hunting!
This article by Steve Cartwright hits on some major points on what I consider to be growing your brand - he refers to it as "how to be an expert" - expert can be a heady word. Who truly thinks of themselves as an expert in anything? That being said, you do have knowledge and insight based on your life and career experiences that differentiate you from others and can, just maybe, make you an "expert" in that niche.
This advice from Mr Cartwright is not just for entrepreneurs but for everyone. In this new digital economy, you can differentiate yourself from the competition by establishing yourself as an "expert". What does that mean? Maybe you have something to say about trends in your industry. Maybe you have a unique hobby that ties in to or gives you lessons about management (e.g., you are a runner and equate running a marathon with managing your career).
When I first relaunched this company, I was hesitant to use blogging and social media to put myself out there. It was hard the first few times I sat down and wrote a blog post - but now, I see that weaving in my background as a professor and sharing the tips, advice and insights I have been sharing with my students and my clients can be very helpful in building my brand with my unique #profadvice on careers and more. And, in fact, having this blog has led to some very exciting opportunities that I will be sharing soon.
So check out this article and see the great points on how to begin the process of setting yourself up to be an "expert" - what it really means is building your brand. What do you think about promoting yourself using the advice in the article? What do you think about blogging? What can you be an "expert" in for your brand? If you need help or advice on setting up a blog or your social media, let me know in the comments or contact me via the simplechat icon on the site. Happy Hunting!
Website-designs.com How to Position Yourself as an Expert
Dr. Hossein Eslambochi put together a great Pulse post for LinkedIn. Before I discuss his points (all excellent), I want to mention how using LinkedIn can be so beneficial to your next step, even if you do not own your own business. Find something you are passionate about or that you know about and make some posts - try it out slowly at first, have a trusted mentor or friend make sure it is something worth sharing (please do not make a post about how much you like to play a video game unless it has some underlying lesson to it about business or something) and watch your network grow based on positioning yourself as an expert. I will be making more posts about how to position yourself as an expert over the next few weeks but I do think LinkedIn can help you take the first step - it is a great way to test the waters of writing a blog post.
The article talks about how to impress your boss and it is both simple and excellent. You got the job, so obviously the boss was impressed with you but that was just your resume and your few meetings (maybe two or three in person interviews, depending on the job / industry / etc). Now, you are there. What to do?
His last piece of advice it, to me, the most important. "Teach, teach, teach" - YES! Every job I ever had, the first initiative I took on (on my own time) was to document the job, the processes, the procedure - and this is something that is a great way to pave the way to your promotion because it creates a training document for the person who comes in to take your old job so you can move up. By teaching, you will learn. Trust me. You can find a new way to do something that has never been identified before by sitting down and mapping out the process flow of your main tasks - if you want to know more about how to do that, let me know in the comments. The software I used to use to do that was Viseo. Maybe that is a future vlog post...
Other tips include being on time and building a rapport with your boss. Make sure you also have a relationship with your colleagues and coworkers, too. That being said, beware of being too chatty, though - especially if you are a young professional - no one wants to know about your weekend shenanigans (though they might enjoy living vicariously through you - it will not help you in the long run). Take initiative and notes - both great things. It shows you are paying attention by taking notes and it will help you come up with new ideas - you really will see things in a new light if you have notes jotted down and you look at it during your commute or something. This will also help you innovate.
What do you think about his advice? How do you impress your boss? Let me know in the comments! Happy Hunting!
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Happy Saturday! I have created a quick tutorial on how I am using Camtasia. I have the free 30 day trial and this software has revolutionized the way I can share, teach and learn. I made this almost 5 minute video showing how to create a screen recording with audio. I will be making a web cam enabled video tomorrow on the self promotion blog post and I wanted to share with you how easy this software can be to make basic online tutorials and more. I am still learning the functionality of Camtasia and if you have any hints or tips, please let me know. You will notice how awesome the audio sounds and how wonderful it is to really share a quick how to taking only like 15 minutes to create...
As I mentioned in the video, I am using Audacity for the audio. The Audacity link is below and if you have any questions on how to use that, maybe that will be my next training video.
Let me know in the comments what you think! Happy Hunting!
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