5 Articles About Networking Worth The Read

23 11 2011

With the hectic holiday season approaching, and all the opportunities for socializing and networking that go along with it, I wanted to share 5 articles I’ve come across that are definitely worth the read (yes, one is mine).

1) Here’s one about networking as “lifetime career insurance”

2) Quality versus quantity is always the way to go

3) Here’s one that discusses the difference between how men and women approach networking differently

4) The holiday season is NOT the time to pull back on your job search and with so many networking opportunities around them, it’s no wonder

5) What NOT to do while you’re out there networking this holiday season

Hope your takeaways from these help you enjoy the holidays just a little bit more. 🙂

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Last Chance to Register for Oct 5th 12 Rules of Effective Networking Webinar

3 10 2011

Being a strong networker can mean the difference between getting a great job offer and remaining unemployed. On the job, your network can help you stay employed when the lay-off cycle comes around. Register today to learn how to further develop your networking skills!

Yes, it’s your last chance to sign up for my FREE, thanks to UnitedHealth Group, webinar on Oct 5, 2011 for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates:

12 Rules of Effective Networking – http://ow.ly/66NHD (To register.)

The webinar is hosted by Out & Equal’s LGBTCareerLink, a great and supportive resource, and is a repeat of one I did for them last year – they have over 500 sign-ups already! (Last year they had 200!)

Here’s what some of the attendees said about last year’s webinar:
“She breaks down networking, a process that used to mystify me, into practical steps.”

“Frankly, networkers turn me off with their pushiness. I prefer Sandy’s approach which shows how networking is actually sharing in the spirit of community service.”

“I’m not outgoing naturally and I often don’t know what to say to people I don’t know. Sandy changed all that for me.”

“I work for a high-profile company where people are always trying to network with me to get a job. They go about it the wrong way by being in it for themselves and even pestering me. I will be recommending Sandy’s “12 Rules” webinar to them!”

Hope you can join us! Register here.





Networking defined and why it matters

27 07 2011

Find out how I define networking and why I think it matters by watching the interview I did with Steve Piazzale, Ph.D., the host of  “You’re Hired!”

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How NOT to leave a job

8 07 2011

I’ve been wanting to write a post about how one should NOT leave a job for a while now, but I’ve been too busy at my new job. And then, what do you know? Glassdoor went ahead and shared a blog post from @myfootpath for me! It’s titled, “How To Resign On Good Terms,” and they did a fine job of it.

I especially like the emphasis on giving more than 2 weeks notice when you’re in a higher level or key position. Believe it or not, I know someone that after 8 years actually gave what amounted to less than 2 weeks notice and left when their only back-up was on a planned vacation. It was very sad.

All too often, what I don’t think people consider is just how many bridges they’re burning when they leave without enough notice, don’t help find a replacement or thoroughly document the status of their projects, accounts or work. And, I’m not referring to the bridges in management because, unfortunately, and all too often, they just move on quickly since they don’t typically “do” the person’s work anyway. I’m talking about the bridges that will really matter…those that connect you to your co-workers. Now that’s the group with which you need to be concerned because you never know where they are going to turn up again or how you might need their help in the form of intel, contacts, a reference or a referral from them down the road.

Today, reality is, our 6 degrees of separation are more like 3 or 4 degrees, and more often than not, you will bump into each other again. Don’t let the last thing people remember about you be how you left them high and dry to clean up the mess you may have left behind. Besides, it’s just seriously bad karma, so please take heed people and read the Glassdoor post!

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Help Me Help You: Tell Me What You WANT To Do Next and WHERE You Want To Do It

22 04 2011

Now that I’ve wrapped up my first 2 weeks in my new role as a full-time employee for FILTER, a digital solutions agency for staffing and creative services in San Francisco (and Seattle, LA, Portland), it’s finally time for me to put this request in writing because, quite frankly, helping people connect with employers in my new job pretty much depends on it. JessicaMillerMerrell.com birds

When I meet you out and about at an event, on a BART train, in line at Specialty’s or at a board meeting, please tell me NOT what you’ve done, but what you really WANT to do next and WHERE you want to do it. Give me a few titles or roles I can remember and a few company names I can latch onto so I can keep an eye out for them when I’m out there doing my thing.

And for those in both Seattle and San Francisco, be sure to tell me where you DO NOT want to work as well. We all have our lists of both, so don’t be coy and act like you’ll take any job because, even as bad as things have been, we all know that unemployment has been a much more desirable option than taking a job at a place with a commute that’ll kill you and/or destroy your relationships, or at a place like “the Death Star” (don’t ask).

If you’re worried that you’re limiting yourself by this, when you go to your next event, or send your next “I’d like to meet for coffee to reconnect” email, be sure to tell that person 2-3 different roles and/or company names so you can plant a variety of seeds in your garden. Help them help you! 🙂





Sometimes you just need a recharge

10 03 2011

Sometimes your job search or career progression can get stale and stagnant and a full-on recharge may be the only solution to getting it moving again. How do you start? My advice is to ponder the answers to the questions below and you’ll likely find some specific things to revisit.

-Does the “brand called you,” aka your personal brand, reflect what you want it to online as well as in person?
-Are your resumes the best they can be (plural intentional)?
-Are you organized?
-Are you clear about what you want to accomplish this year or in the next 5 years?
-Have you identified your specialty?
-Are you flexing your networking muscle?

If you realize that you could use some help after answering the above, feel free to contact me. I’ve always been eager to share what I’ve learned from the years of management responsibility, executive team experience, hiring (and firing), and even having to fight for my job. I enjoy helping people with transitions, goal setting, career changes, professional development and even retooling a personal brand and/or online presence.

Using a healthy sense of humor and my experience as a mentor, cheerleader and adviser, I can help restore anew your focus and determination. Plus, I LOVE helping others see and realize what’s possible and 1:1 coaching is one of the best ways I know how to do so.Hire Sandy Jones-Kaminski to help recharge your career Did you know I even offer a career recharge coaching program? Well, I do! 🙂

Ready to start? Check out my Career Recharge Special:
6 individual coaching sessions for only $499!
Save over $250! Recharge your job search or career today!

If you are ready to get started, please submit PAYMENT INFO in advance here. Call 415.613.8508 or email me to schedule your first consultation (via phone or Skype).

(I’m happy to set up a time to talk via phone to briefly discuss what you want to accomplish and so we can determine if I truly am the best person to help you. And, if I’m not, I’ll likely have a referral for you.)

Recos:

“I went to Sandy for consultation on career and business matters and got more great advice from her in two hours than most people could give in a month. Sandy is very savvy with knowing how to effectively network and use numerous digital and social media platforms to full advantage. She also gave me encouragement and suggestions in pursuing my passion for photography. I now have a beautiful website that features my photos as well as some great advice on how to market them.”
-Heather R.

“Sandy is simply a networking rock star. She has a gift to help each person on their hunt on an individual level and does not do a one size fits all approach whatsoever. She not only gave me terrific advice (which I used) but helped me chose the right job and even followed through after to make sure I was happy. There are few people out there like Sandy. If you are searching for a job or looking to make a change, she will help you get to the right job for you.”
-Teresa G.
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Learning to Love LinkedIn Tip #10

29 11 2010

My #10 and final tip for 2010?

Read this blog post titled, “20 LinkedIn Case Studies for Personal Branding” from Kyle Lacy. I spotted it on the Personal Branding Blog. I’m grateful that Kyle culled these stories and saved me the trouble! I think my favorite is #11 because it mentions that Jeff Ragovin of Buddy Media “..found success with quality not quantity.”

I’m certain reading this motivating post will generate some new ideas for career as well as business development activities for the new year. Enjoy! P.S. If you need help developing a strategy for applying any of these to your 2011 goals just email me!

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