5 Networking Secrets to Steer Your Career to Greater Heights! by Connie Hampton

Guest Post by Connie Hampton, www.networkpolishkit.com Contact Connie at: connie[at]networkpolishkit.com SECRET #1: Most open positions are filled through personal networking.

SECRET #2: Companies hire only if they have a problem they can’t solve with the people they already have.

SECRET #3: The person trying to solve the problem and do their regular job knows about . . . → Read More: 5 Networking Secrets to Steer Your Career to Greater Heights! by Connie Hampton

Discouraged by your ideal job search?

I’ve noticed how frustrated and disheartened people can be by the results of their search for their ideal job. Recently, this conversation has come up again and again.

“I am so passionate about doing this kind of work. And I know my strengths and skills make me great at this kind of work. I am . . . → Read More: Discouraged by your ideal job search?

Can you talk about your strengths?

“My boss doesn’t value me or my input.” How many times have you had that thought? How many times have you griped to your friends or coworkers, “This company just won’t let me do what I’m capable of!”

I’ve been there. I’ve been frustrated and angry that I wasn’t truly seen for what I offer, . . . → Read More: Can you talk about your strengths?

Are you surviving or thriving?

When someone asks us what our dream job is, what is the career we’d love to have, 9 times out of 10 we will name a job title, and then proceed to describe all the things we’d get to do, our responsibilities and assignments. Maybe we’ll describe the type of person we work for, our . . . → Read More: Are you surviving or thriving?

Even a Calling Needs a Plan

I have been writing about a really powerful way to find a career that feels more like a calling than a job. There are 3 stages in this process: 1-Unearth, 2-Imagine, and 3-Create.

We have talked about Stage 1: Unearth, where you get to the truth about what you want, and what you offer. Things . . . → Read More: Even a Calling Needs a Plan

Want a career that feels like your calling?

Mike said, “I’ve been an architect all my life, and I hate it. I went to school to be an architect; I’ve only worked jobs as an architect. I don’t know anything else. I hate it, and I don’t want to start over.”

I then asked Mike, “So what if we were to wave a . . . → Read More: Want a career that feels like your calling?

Too late? Or perfect timing?

Does this sound familiar?

I’ve been at this career so long, it’s all I know.

I’m not sure I can do anything else.

I wish I knew then what I know now.

I’m afraid it’s too late for me.

I’ve always wanted to . . . → Read More: Too late? Or perfect timing?

Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

This blog is generally awesome (yes, I said awesome). It is practical, insightful, actionable. Someone sent me this post (link) recently – and it applies all new and scary situations. Including – Job Interviews, Performance Reviews, Presentations, Networking Events – your Intro, etc., etc. Practice – Practice – Practice. Not just in your body, but . . . → Read More: Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

Establishing Trust for Success

“..the most essential tool [mgrs] have in getting quality performances is a trusting relationship w/ the ppl who work for them.” S. Culbert (as tweeted by @estherderby earlier today)

If a trusting relationship is key for the manager, it is also key for the reporting employee. Therefore, I conclude that trust is foundational for success . . . → Read More: Establishing Trust for Success

Friday’s Links for Career Mastery

Here are this week’s finds.

How do you use LinkedIn to find a job? http://www.sonnyahuja.com/2010/13-class-tips-to-get-work-through-linked-in/

Please don’t make these “Big Blunder Job Hunters Make” – from WSJ.COM: http://ht.ly/25j9a

Often overlooked – but still important – non-verbal skills for success. When do you use these? At the interview, at the first day of work, when you . . . → Read More: Friday’s Links for Career Mastery

Client Stories

Lori took my old, tired, out of date resume and transformed it into a resume which got results.  In transitioning from owning a business back to the corporate world, Lori asked the tough questions to dig out all the relevant skills and accomplishments which would catch the eye of a potential employer.   One of the first employers to receive my new resume and customized cover letter (created by Lori) called me for a phone interview, followed by a face to face meeting, and finally offered me a job twenty-four hours after the interview.  I'm convinced I would not have even been able to get my foot in the door without my new resume created by Lori.  As I told my wife, retrospectively, spending the money to work with Lori was well worth it.

Howard Kier, Evanston, IL