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Career Success: Make Sure People Remember You After Events
April 30, 2010 at 11:19 am 2
For most women it's fun to go to events, meet new people and find new connections. It's all a part of the career game - expanding your sphere of influence and building a solid network of connected people. This can help for anything from finding inspiration from other successful women, meeting new people in high places that can help when you are job hunting, or even meeting people that can help you fundraise for your favourite charities. If you look at almost any successful person, they are surrounded by a network of other successful people. But how do you get these people at parties and events to remember you? Here are a few tricks to make sure you stick in people's minds: fun_hat Accessorize with something different This may sound silly, but it works. Wear something that sets you apart and is a good conversation starter with strangers. At a recent event I wore this crazy feather and lace hat, because I wanted to wear something that people could talk about, but also if I contacted them later I could mention that I was the lady with the feathered hat and they would remember me. It worked too - everyone I approached and introduced myself to commented on my hat and everyone responded to my emails when I said hello from the lady with the feathered hat! Wear bright colours When you go to events take a look at how many women and men are wearing black or dark colours. Probably more than 75%! So if you want to be easy to find later at the event wear something bright. It will make you stand out and you will also be noticeable in any pictures that are taken. When you contact the people you met again you can mention how you were the girl in the yellow shirt and everyone will remember. Ask about your new contacts hobbies, interests, or anything slightly different If you can start a conversation and somehow tap into your new friends interests, passions, or hobbies you might find that you have something in common, and can develop an emotional connection...which is the best way for people to remember you! Even if you don't have much in common you can ask questions and learn some cool new stuff that you didn't know before! Smile, and look like you are having a good time People like to surround themselves with other people that make them feel good. So when you meet people smile, nod, laugh (not fake though), and loosen up. It's more likely for people to remember you if you leave a positive impression in their minds. Introduce the people you just met to the people you already know If you seem like you are connecting people and can offer something to others they will appreciate it, and think more fondly of you...therefore remembering you. If you seem like someone who is dominating a conversation, won't introduce your new friend to others and don't really offer anything the person will likely forget you...or worse yet, avoid you in the future!
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Starting a New Job: Getting Your Groove Back
March 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm 0
When Donald Trump utters the words “Your Fired”, it makes for must-see t.v., but when your boss says, “We no longer require your services”, it’s a whole different ball game. This is exactly the situation Heena found herself in five months ago. But what now? Since her last post Heena has secured a great job in a company that's just perfect for her. Here's the story on what it's like to go back to work after a few months out of the work force. Starting a new job after being out of the workforce for a period of time can be quite daunting. Much like your first day at a new school, you face the same anxieties as a sixth grader – ‘what do I wear, am I smart enough and the all important – will people like me?’ On my first day on the job, I admit I took special care to look my best – professional but not overly stuffy, choosing my outfit the night before and setting the alarm clock a half hour early to ensure I had enough time to have breakfast and the necessary jolt of caffeine. Trekking to the subway in the morning I felt as though I was in a time warp – as if I had not been out of work for a period of months. It seems funny that when you are looking for work you feel as though the rest of the world is moving on without you. But as soon as I heard the familiar subway chimes and squeezed onto the overflowing car, I knew that the old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” couldn’t have been truer. As I made my way to my new office I felt a nervous flutter in my stomach and started to sweat under my tweed jacket and wool skirt. I took a few deep breaths and made sure my hands weren’t clammy for the round of introductions and handshakes that were sure to follow. As I stepped off the elevator, I felt like a little girl, excited by the prospect of something new and filled with the desire to fit in…. Two months later, I can safely say that I am really enjoying my job. As with all things new, there was a learning curve and you’ve got to accept that it will take some time before you reach the top. The more important thing, in my view, is building a solid foundation of professional relationships to navigate the curve and make it easier to climb. Of course, you will have to prove yourself in the initial period with both your hard and soft skills. This stage is crucial in your career, as this is when you will build your reputation. The following are a few tips on how to successfully navigate the pitfalls of the corporate jungle. - Always act in a professional manner, whether in one-to-one interactions, over e-mail or the telephone; - Don’t get involved with office politics – it is important to be aware of them but do not engage in them; - Be cordial and friendly with co-workers but don’t over share – boundaries are important in working relationships; - Make sure you understand expectations early on – you don’t want to be surprised when you fail to meet them; - Exercise a high degree of honesty and integrity in everything you do – take responsibilities for failures and live up to commitments; - Understand the corporate culture – view on coffee breaks, jean Friday’s, involvement in team social activities etc. Work is a very curious thing, while we all need to work to support ourselves, in many cases, a large part of our self worth is derived from what we do. If you don’t like what you’re doing and you don’t enjoy the people you work with, it may be time for a change. While the grass may not always be greener, you’ll never know if you don’t dare to look.
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