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

 I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city.  I was a happy midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job.  This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.  

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams.  It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:
  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus.  My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one.  I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball.  Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.  

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.

Pat Christopher, Intelligence Engineer, Seattle, WA