When faced with competing priorities in today’s busy world, responding to everyone who reaches out to you is a challenge, but responding noticeably late (or not at all) is detrimental to job and business opportunities. More broadly, a poor response time reflects negatively on you as a professional, and in turn, on your personal brand. By not acknowledging communications, you impress upon senders a lack of respect for them or their business, indicate that you’re not on top of your workload or that you don’t pay attention to detail –- undesirable conclusions all around.
So, you’ve pushed back your keyboard and attended events to make new connections. Great start, since networking is the #1 way to find a new job and build professional relationships! But, what’s the most effective networking strategy for following up with those who can help you land your next role or grow your business?
Your potential employer has determined that you’re a finalist for the position, and has requested that you submit professional references. Choose wisely; your professional references provide one of the final pieces of information an employer needs to make a hiring decision.
Hiring managers and recruiters increasingly use the video interview format with candidates for entry-level through C-suite positions. Opting for a video interview expedites scheduling, reduces travel costs and helps hiring managers and recruiters fill positions more quickly.
Whether you’re five months into your career or 15 years deep, everyone faces resume writing problems and struggles with how to put their best foot forward. Resume writing best practices aren’t always black and white, so it can be difficult to identify what will work best for you.
Congratulations, you got the job offer that you were waiting for! But, the employer offered a lower salary than you expected. The offer doesn’t reflect the value you will bring your new employer, but you may lack the nerve to negotiate for a better compensation package or worry how you’ll appear if you try. Arm yourself ahead of time with the right information and strategies to negotiate with confidence. Negotiation is a skill, and like any other, you can improve your game with practice.
Your body language, or non-verbal communication, may unintentionally convey a different meaning than the words you say. In any professional situation, your posture, hand and arm gestures and tone of voice affect your message and may impact business and job opportunities.
Communicating a consistent, strong personal brand is important — whether you’re looking for a new job, seeking a promotion, cultivating new business or advancing your career.
Your personal brand is a holistic representation of who you are personally and professionally. It is not a single statement or tagline; rather, it encompasses your strengths, expertise, the results and impact you achieve and unique methods you employ to produce quality work. It also includes your character, ethics, principles and behavior.
The end of the year is a popular time to take stock of where you are in your career. If you determine that you are ready to make a professional change and embark on a job search, it’s important to stay in your current position while you look. You are more attractive to potential employers when you are employed than when you are between jobs. Read More