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We are happy to announce that WCS has partnered with Montgomery County Libraries to provide a series of free Career Development workshops, the first one is this month and listed below. You must register on the MCPL website, only registered individuals will be able to attend. We look forward to seeing you!
What: JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
Event Type: Special Event-Free
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Looking for employment in today's job market can be challenging at times. Understanding and becoming clear about who you are, why you like to work, what you want to do and where you want to work are i...
Age(s): Adult, Seniors, Teens
Status: Openings-click on the Job Search Strategies link above to register. Only Registered individuals will be able to attend this event.
Great article by Mark Leary professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University in North Carolina. He is the author of The Curse of the Self (2004)
Article edited by Pam Weintraub
Below is the link and article:
Learning to be kind to yourself when you (inevitably) make mistakes could have a remarkable effect on your happiness
Human beings are the only creatures who can make themselves miserable. Other animals certainly suffer when they experience negative events, but only humans can induce negative emotions through self-views, judgments, expectations, regrets and comparisons with others. Because self-thought plays such a central role in human happiness and wellbeing, psychologists have devoted a good deal of attention to understanding how people think about themselves.
For many years, the experts have focused on self-esteem. Research has consistently shown that self-esteem is related to psychological wellbeing, suggesting that a positive self-image is an important ingredient in the recipe for a happy and successful life. Seeing this link between self-esteem and an array of desirable life outcomes, many parents bent over backwards to ensure that their children had positive views of themselves, teachers tried to provide feedback in ways that protected students’ self-esteem, and many people became convinced that self-esteem should be widely promoted as a remedy for personal problems and social ills. The high-water mark of the self-esteem movement occurred in the 1980s when the California State Assembly authorised funds to raise the self-esteem of its citizens, with the lofty goal of solving problems such as child abuse, crime, addiction, unwanted pregnancy and welfare dependence. Some legislators even hoped that, as a side benefit, boosting self-esteem would enhance the state’s economy.
On one level, this emphasis on self-esteem seemed well-founded. Psychological research shows that success and wellbeing are associated with high self-esteem, and that people with lower self-esteem suffer a disproportionate share of emotional and behavioural problems. Yet, self-esteem has not lived up to its billing. Not only are the relationships between self-esteem and positive outcomes weaker than many suppose, but a closer look at the evidence shows that self-esteem appears to be the result of success and wellbeing rather than their cause. Although thousands of studies demonstrate that high self-esteem is associated with many good things, virtually no evidence shows that self-esteem actually causes success, happiness or other desired outcomes.
Despite the failure of the self-esteem movement, no one would doubt that certain ways of thinking about oneself are more beneficial than others. We all know people who create a great deal of unhappiness for themselves simply by how they think about and react to the events in their lives. Many people push themselves to meet their own unreasonable expectations, berate themselves for their flubs and failures, and blow their difficulties out of proportion. In an odd sort of way, these people are rather mean to themselves, treating themselves far more harshly than they treat other people. However, we all also know people who take a kinder and gentler approach to themselves. They might not always be happy with themselves, but they accept the fact that everyone has shortcomings and problems, and don’t criticise and condemn themselves unnecessarily for the normal problems of everyday life.
These two reactions to shortcomings, failures and problems might appear to reflect a difference in self-esteem but, in fact, the key difference involves not self-esteem but rather self-compassion. That is, the difference lies not so much in how people evaluate themselves (their self-esteem) but rather in how they treat themselves (their self-compassion). And, as it turns out, the latter appears to be far more important for wellbeing than the former. Of course, people prefer to evaluate themselves favourably rather than unfavourably, but self-compassion has the power to influence people’s emotions and behaviours in ways that self-esteem does not.
To understand what it means to be self-compassionate, think about what it means to treat another person compassionately, and then turn that same orientation toward oneself. Just as compassion involves a desire to minimise the suffering of others, self-compassion reflects a desire to minimise one’s own suffering and, just as importantly, to avoid creating unnecessary unhappiness and distress for oneself. Self-compassionate people treat themselves in much the same caring, kind and supportive ways that compassionate people treat their friends and family when they are struggling. When they confront life’s problems, self-compassionate people respond with warmth and concern rather than judgment and self-criticism. Whether their problems are the result of their own incompetence, stupidity or lack of self-control, or occur through no fault of their own, self-compassionate people recognise that difficulties are a normal part of life. As a result, they approach their problems with equanimity, neither downplaying the seriousness of their challenges nor being overwhelmed by negative thoughts and feelings.
Kristin Neff, a developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, first brought the construct of self-compassion to the attention of psychological scientists and practitioners in 2003. Since then, research has shown that self-compassion is robustly associated with every indicator of psychological wellbeing that has been investigated. People who are higher in self-compassion show greater emotional stability, are more resilient, have a more optimistic perspective, and report greater life satisfaction. They are also less likely to display signs of psychological problems such as depression and chronic anxiety.
People who are high in self-compassion deal more successfully with negative events – such as failure, rejection and loss – than people who are low in self-compassion. Whether the problem is a minor daily hassle, a major traumatic event or a chronic problem, people who treat themselves with compassion respond more adaptively than people who don’t. Just as receiving compassion from another person helps us to cope with the slings and arrows of life, being compassionate to ourselves has much the same effect.
In one study, we asked people to answer questions about the worst thing that had happened to them in the past four days. Although self-compassion was not related to how ‘bad’ participants rated the events they reported, people who were high in self-compassion had less negative, pessimistic and self-critical thoughts about the events, and experienced fewer negative emotions. Self-compassionate people also indicated that they tried to be kind to themselves in the face of whatever difficulties they experienced, much as they would respond to a friend with similar problems.
Self-compassion was particularly helpful for older people who were in poor physical health
Self-compassion might be particularly useful when people confront serious, life-changing experiences. For example, a recent study showed that those who had recently separated from their long-term romantic partners showed less distress about the breakup if they were high in self-compassion.
Getting older brings undesired changes, many of which involve lapses or failures, as when people can’t remember things or have trouble performing everyday tasks. Even though they would treat their friends’ struggles with kindness and compassion, many older people become intolerant and angry, criticising themselves and bemoaning their inability to function as they once did. Others, meanwhile, seem to take ageing more in their stride, accepting their lapses, and treating themselves especially nicely when they have particularly bad days.
Our research shows that people who are higher in self-compassion cope better with the challenges of ageing than those who are less self-compassionate: they had higher wellbeing, fewer emotional problems, greater satisfaction with life, and felt that they were ageing more successfully. Self-compassion was particularly helpful for older people who were in poor physical health. In fact, as long as they were high in self-compassion, people with health problems reported wellbeing and life satisfaction that was as high as those without such problems.
Likewise, we found that self-compassion was related to lower stress, anxiety and shame among people who were living with HIV. Because they were less self-critical and ashamed, those who were higher in self-compassion were also more likely to disclose their HIV status to others. Something about being self-compassionate led individuals confronting a serious, life-changing illness to adapt more successfully.
To understand how self-compassion works, consider how people respond to negative events. When we are upset about something, our reactions stem from three distinct sources. First is the instigating problem and our analysis of the threat that it poses to our wellbeing – what psychologists call the primary appraisal. Whether we are dealing with a failure, rejection, a health problem, losing a job, a speeding ticket or simply a misplaced set of car keys, a portion of our emotional distress is a reaction to the negative implications of the event.
Second, people analyse their ability to cope with the consequences of the problem. Those who think that they cannot handle the problem emotionally will be more upset than those who think that they’ll make it through.
Third comes blame and guilt. When problems arise, we often think about the role that we played – the extent to which we were responsible and what, if anything, this says about us. People often experience additional distress when they believe that the problem arose through their own incompetence, stupidity or lack of self-control. Of course, assessing one’s responsibility is sometimes useful, but people often go beyond an objective assessment of their responsibility to blaming, criticising and even punishing themselves. This self-inflicted cruelty increases whatever distress the original problem is already causing.
Treating oneself compassionately helps to ameliorate all three of these sources of distress. One can reduce some of the initial angst by soothing oneself, just as one might soothe another person’s upset through concern and kindness.
In The Compassionate Mind (2009), Paul Gilbert, a British psychologist who has explored the therapeutic benefits of self-compassion, suggests that self-directed compassion triggers the same physiological systems as receiving care from other people. Treating ourselves in a kind and caring way has many of the same effects as being supported by others.
When people do not add to their distress through self-recrimination, they can look life more squarely in the eye and see it for how it really is
Just as importantly, self-compassion eliminates the additional distress that people often heap on themselves through criticism and self-blame. Again, the parallel with other-directed compassion is informative. I might not be able to make my friend who lost his job feel better, but I certainly won’t make him feel worse by telling him what a failure he is. Yet, people who are low in self-compassion talk to themselves in precisely such discourteous ways.
One central feature of self-compassion that helps to lower distress is what Neff calls common humanity. People high in self-compassion recognise that everyone has problems and suffers. Millions of other people have experienced similar events, and many are dealing with similar problems right now. Although recognising one’s connections with the shared human experience might not reduce our reactions to the original problem, it does remind us not to personalise what has happened or to conclude that our problems are somehow worse than everyone else’s. Viewing one’s problems through the lens of common humanity also lowers the sense of isolation people sometimes experience when they are suffering. It helps to remember that we’re all in this together.
Importantly, self-compassion is not just positive thinking. In fact, self-compassion is associated with a more realistic appraisal of one’s situation and one’s responsibility for it. When people do not add to their distress through self-recrimination and catastrophising, they can look life more squarely in the eye and see it for how it really is. Self-compassionate people have a more accurate, balanced and non-defensive reaction to the events they experience.
Most research on self-compassion has examined its relationship to emotion, but it also has implications for people’s motivation and behaviour. Strong emotions can undermine effective behaviour by leading people to focus on reducing their distress rather than managing the original problem. If unchecked because a person lacks self-compassion, negative reactions foster denial, avoidance and a difficulty or unwillingness to face the problem, leading to dysfunctional coping behaviours. To the extent that self-compassionate people respond with greater equanimity, they respond more effectively to the challenges they confront.
For example, in one study, university students who fared worse than desired on an exam subsequently performed better on the next test if they were high rather than low in self-compassion. Presumably, students low in self-compassion beat themselves up and overreacted, which led them to avoid the issue. Students high in self-compassion surveyed the situation and their role in it, and took steps to improve in the future. Similarly, in our study of people living with HIV, participants who were low in self-compassion indicated that shame about being HIV-positive interfered with their willingness to seek medical and psychological care, whereas those high in self-compassion took better care of themselves. Self-compassion was related both to better psychological adjustment and more adaptive behaviours.
Some people resist the idea that they should be more self-compassionate. Many people assume that self-compassion reflects Pollyanna-ish thinking, denying reality or, worse, self-indulgence. In this view, self-compassion means ignoring one’s problems, shirking responsibility, having low standards, and going easy on oneself. People who believe that being tough on oneself motivates hard work, appropriate behaviour and success worry that self-compassion will undermine their performance.
These concerns reflect a lack of understanding of what self-compassion actually involves. It is not indifference to what happens or how one behaves. Nor is it a blindly positive outlook or an excuse to be lazy or shirk responsibility. Instead, self-compassion is based on wanting the best for oneself. Just as compassion for other people arises from a concern for their wellbeing and a desire to relieve their suffering, self-compassion involves desiring the best for oneself and responding in ways that promote one’s wellbeing. Self-compassionate people want to reduce their current problems, but they also want to respond in ways that promote their wellbeing down the road, and being lazy and unmotivated is not likely to help. Self-compassionate people realise when they have behaved badly, made poor decisions or failed, and they are sometimes unhappy with themselves or with events that occur. But, paradoxically, taking an accepting and compassionate approach to oneself at such times can help to maintain motivation and improve performance.
In one study, inviting people to think about a negative behaviour in a self-compassionate manner led participants to accept more personal responsibility for that behaviour. Viewing one’s problems with a gentle, caring perspective allows people to confront their difficulties head-on without minimising them. They know that a certain amount of self-judgment is needed to maintain desired behaviour, but they are no more critical toward themselves than needed. People who seek what’s best for themselves recognise that they don’t need to punish themselves to know that good behaviour and hard work are important.
Self-compassion is a teachable skill: people can learn to become more self-compassionate. Studies have demonstrated that even brief exercises instructing people to think about a problem in a self-compassionate manner can have positive effects. Other studies show that when psychologists help their clients to master the techniques, their level of anguish abates.
The first step in cultivating self-compassion is to start noticing instances in which you are not being nice to yourself. Are you telling yourself harsh and unkind things in your mind? Do you punish yourself by pushing yourself too hard or depriving yourself of pleasure when things go wrong? Would you treat a loved one this way under similar circumstances?
A self-compassionate person recognises the problem, fixes it if possible, and moves on without making a dramatic production out of it
If you catch yourself treating yourself badly and increasing your distress, ask yourself why. Is it because you think that being hard on yourself helps to motivate you, makes you behave appropriately, or increases your success? To some extent, you might be correct: negative thoughts and feelings do help us to manage our behaviour. The question, though, is how badly you need to feel in order to motivate yourself. People who are low in self-compassion often make themselves feel far worse than needed to stay on track. A little bit of self-criticism can go a long way.
When bad things happen or you behave in a less-than-desirable way, remind yourself that everyone fails, misbehaves, is rejected, experiences loss, is humiliated, and experiences myriad negative events. That doesn’t mean that these events are OK, but it does mean that there’s nothing unusual or personal in what happened. A self-compassionate person recognises the problem, fixes it if possible, deals with it emotionally, and moves on without making a dramatic production out of it.
Finally, learn to cultivate self-kindness. Treat yourself nicely, both in your own mind and in how you behave toward yourself. Many people are surprised to see that they are often much nicer to other people than to themselves.
Fortunately, people can respond self-compassionately no matter how they feel about themselves at the time. Unlike self-esteem, which is based on favourable judgments of one’s personal characteristics, self-compassion does not depend on viewing oneself positively or liking oneself. In fact, self-compassion is often most beneficial when events undermine one’s sense of competence, desirability, control or value. It is much easier to treat oneself nicely than to evaluate oneself positively.
Self-compassion is hardly a panacea for the struggles of life, but it can be an antidote to the cruelty we sometimes inflict on ourselves. Most of us want to be nice people, so why not be as nice to ourselves as we are to others?
By Jeff Haden of Inc. @jeff_haden http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/7-inspirational-steve-jobs-quotes-that-will-change-your-life.html
He came, he saw, he conquered...and he left behind some words to live by:
1. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”Everyone says they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who do go there think, “Wait...no one else is here...why am I doing this?” And they leave, never to return.
That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place.
That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities.
Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment.
Don’t wait to be asked—offer. Don’t just tell employees what to do--show them what to do, and work beside them.
Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do, especially if other people aren’t doing that extra thing.
Sure, it’s hard. But that’s what will make you different. And over time, that’s what will make you incredibly successful.
2. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but usually not in a good way. Most people given two weeks to complete a task will instinctively adjust their effort so it actually takes two weeks—even if it shouldn’t.
So forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Tasks should only take as long as they need to take. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then, use your “free” time to get other things done just as quickly and effectively.
Average people allow time to impose its will on them; exceptional people impose their will on their time.
3. “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”Some of your employees drive you nuts. Some of your customers are obnoxious. Some of your friends are selfish, all-about-me jerks.
Stop whining. You chose them.
If the people around you make you unhappy, it’s not their fault. It’s your fault. They’re in your professional or personal life because you drew them to you—and you let them remain.
Think about the type of people you want to work with. Think about the types of customers you would enjoy serving. Think about the friends you want to have.
Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Hardworking people want to work with hardworking people. Kind people like to associate with kind people. Exceptional employees want to work for exceptional bosses.
Be the best you can be, and work to surround yourself with people who are even better.
4. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”Ask most people why they have been successful. Their answers will be filled with personal pronouns like “I” and “me.” Only occasionally will you hear “we.”
Then ask them why they failed. Most will revert to childhood and instinctively distance themselves, like a kid who says, “My toy got broken...” instead of, “I broke my toy.” They’ll say the economy tanked. They’ll say the market wasn’t ready. They’ll say their suppliers couldn’t keep up.
They’ll say it was someone or something else.
And by distancing themselves, they don’t learn from their failures.
Occasionally, something completely outside our control will cause us to fail. Most of the time, though, it’s us. And that’s OK. Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than we have. That’s why they’re successful now.
Embrace every failure. Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently.
5. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”Don’t know what you’re passionate about? No problem. Pick something interesting. Pick something financially viable—something people will pay you to do or provide.
Then work hard. Improve your skills, whether at managing, selling, creating, implementing...whatever expertise your business requires. The satisfaction and fulfillment of small victories will give you the motivation to keep working hard. Small victories will motivate you to further develop your skills.
The satisfaction of achieving one level of success will spur you on to gain the skills to reach the next level, and the next, and the next.
And one day, you will wake up feeling incredibly fulfilled—because you’re doing great work, work you’ve grown to love.
6. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”Ideas without action aren’t ideas.
Every day, most people let hesitation and uncertainty stop them from acting on an idea. (Fear of the unknown and fear of failure are often what stop me, and they may be what stop you, too.)
Think about a few of the ideas you’ve had, whether for a new business, a new career, or even just a part-time job.
In retrospect, how many of your ideas could have turned out well, especially if you had given it your absolute best? Would a decent percentage have turned out well?
My guess is, probably so—so start trusting your analysis, your judgment, and even your instincts a little more.
You certainly won’t get it right all the time, but if you do nothing and allow your ideas to become regrets...you will always get it wrong.
7. “Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”Money is important. Money does a lot of things. (One of the most important is to create choices.)
But after a certain point, money doesn’t make people happier. After about $75,000 a year, money doesn’t buy more (or less) happiness. “Beyond $75,000...higher income is neither the road to experience happiness nor the road to relief of unhappiness or stress,” says a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And if you don’t buy that, here’s another take: “The materialistic drive and satisfaction with life are negatively related.” (In layman’s terms, “Chasing possessions tends to make you less happy.”)
Think of it as the bigger house syndrome. You want a bigger house. You need a bigger house. (Not really, but it sure feels like you do.) So you buy it. Life is good...until a couple months later, when your bigger house is now just your house.
New always becomes the new normal.
That’s because “things” only provide momentary bursts of happiness. To be happier, don’t chase as many things. Chase experiences.
Someday you won’t remember what you had, but you’ll never forget what you did.
by Julie Rasicot
http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/November-December-2014/Starting-Over/ link to full article
Returning to work after staying home with kids can be intimidating. How do you explain the gap on your résumé? And what kind of job should you look for?
Whether moms returning to work are “opting in,” “on-ramping” or “relaunching”—popular terms used by the media—they will find an entire industry offering advice through websites, blogs, books, conferences and re-entry programs.
All that advice seems to boil down to this: Figure out who you want to be.
Carol Fishman Cohen is a nationally known re-entry expert who co-founded iRelaunch, a Boston-based company that hosts return-to-work conferences and seminars, including an October event at Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. She says women who have taken a break from the working world should think carefully about how their interests and skills have changed over that time. “The longer you’ve been out of work, the more important this is,” she says.
That’s why Bethesda’s Melissa Fireman, CEO of Washington Career Services, a D.C.-based career management firm she co-founded in 2003, says she asks her clients to assess their talents, interests, passions and, most importantly, values before they decide what they want to do. “Values will change, and they’re really the emotional anchor to where you are in your life right now,” she says.
Thank you to William Arruda for writing this article, it is a great outline for why Linkedin is so important to your career. Please read or click on the link for the article below!
If you’re pursuing a degree so you can launch a fulfilling career, you need to start looking for a job the moment you set foot on campus. Why?
The Job Market Is Uncertain
A lot happens in four years. Current market circumstances are likely to change by 2018. When students entered university in 2005, they couldn’t have imagined that the US would experience the worst recession in history before their graduation and that the class of 2009 would face daunting levels of unemployment. The economy is improving, but the job prospects for millennials are far from plentiful. U.S. Labor Department statistics show that out of 3 million recent college grads, 36% are unemployed or have a job that doesn’t require a degree.
Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2022 projections indicate that the number of overqualified and underemployed college graduates will increase. According to the BLS, the economy will create 50.6 million job openings by 2022, and only 27.1% will require college degrees – a projected increase of only 2.1% since 1996.
Finding a Job Is a Journey, Not a Destination
Securing your ideal job requires and an active, steadfast approach. According to Money magazine, it generally takes several months to land a first job. Don’t wait until graduation year to launch your career. The process of finding a job after you’ve earned your degree actually begins on your first day as a college student.
When you start that journey as a freshman and stay focused on your career for the next four years, you’ll likely be ahead of your classmates upon graduation. Scouring job boards and sending blind applications are not very efficient ways to find a job. The most successful approach involves relationships. That’s because most great jobs are found through a networking contact. It takes time to build a solid network of professional relationships, but those relationships are essential to your success. Consider these statistics:
Networking: According to a report from ABC News, 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking.
Referrals: Career Crossroads annual source of hire report states that referrals were the top source of external hire, accounting for 24.5% of hires. And a New York Times article revealed that at Sodexo , a food service and facilities management company that hires 4,600 managers and executives a year, referred employees are 10 times more likely to be hired than other applicants. And according to Business Insider, while only one in 100 general applicants wind up with a seat in the office, one in seven referrals will land a job with a company they apply to.
Internships: Jacquelyn Smith said in a recent Forbes article, “It turns out that may be the easiest way to secure a full-time gig, as 69% of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns in 2012, according to a new survey.” Remember that most jobs are found through networking. Internships are an important step in building long-lasting relationships with leaders.
Building relationships is key to landing internships and jobs, but relationship building takes time – so you need to start right away.
Why Major in LinkedIn?
LinkedIn equals Networking
When should you build a professional network? Before you need it! Building and nurturing an extensive network can take years. It’s not wise to wait until your senior year to lay the foundation – especially if you’re pursuing internships. LinkedIn makes networking easy. It allows you to manage all your contacts in one place and is replete with tools that help you stay in touch so you can stay visible and available to hiring managers at all levels. In addition, two LinkedIn features are especially valuable to college students:
LinkedIn also happens to be the place where jobs are posted. According to SocialMediaToday, 77% of all jobs are posted on LinkedIn. Follow companies via LinkedIn to decide which ones you’re most interested in for internships and your ideal first gig as a graduate. As a follower, you can stay on top of what’s happening with the company and ace an interview.
The Ideal Training Ground for Personal Branding
LinkedIn is a great way to get into the habit of ongoing personal branding. It makes you think about how you develop and express your personal brand, which enables you to start building other career marketing tools like your resume and cover letter.That career management habit begins with a self-study course called LinkedIn 101. Add it to your first semester’s schedule. The course material is provided at the end of this article.
Your LinkedIn profile becomes your personal brand history – a repository of your successes. You can post projects that you’re working on at school and upload presentations that you deliver, whitepapers you write and videos of you presenting your class projects. With regular updates, your LinkedIn profile transforms into a comprehensive multi-media portfolio and timeline of all the great work you have done in your courses, internships, campus activities, and volunteering.
Your Future Employer Will Look You Up on LinkedIn
Whether applying for an internship or that first big gig, you will be evaluated online. A Jobvite survey revealed that 92% of U.S. companies are using social media networks to recruit talent; that’s up from 78% just five years ago. So you can see the trend and how it might impact you by the time you graduate. According to an April 2014 Pepperdine University presentation by Career Director Jessica Cheng, 98% of recruiters use LinkedIn and 94.5% of them have successfully hired candidates through LinkedIn.
You will be googled, and your LinkedIn profile will usually show up at the top of a Google search. So even if a hiring manager starts with Google, she will end up at your LinkedIn profile.
But it’s not just about having a profile.
It’s about having an authentic, compelling, and informative profile that helps you stand out. And it is about getting in the habit of using LinkedIn daily. According to Craig Smith at Digital Marketing Ramblings, only 13% of LinkedIn members use the tool every day. Getting into the daily habit will truly help you master this invaluable tool.
Here’s some of my LinkedIn advice to help you get started. Think of it as the curriculum for LinkedIn 101:
BY JACQUELINE WHITMORE | May 12, 2014| http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233524?newsletter=true#
This is a great article from Jacqueline Whitmore published in Entrepreneur Magazine on Networking for Introverts:
Success is largely determined by an ability to play to your strengths. If you happen to be shy or introverted, don’t limit your dreams or count yourself out just because you don’t fit the traditional image of an entrepreneur. There is more than one path to success.
Networking events, however, tend to be designed for a particular personality -- the "work hard, play hard," never-met-a-stranger type. Rooms filled with crowds of people -- not to mention the pressure to be interesting and likeable -- is enough to give most introverts sweaty palms.
While visibility is a natural part of networking, that doesn’t mean you have to be the center of attention. Rather than approaching networking like an extrovert, introverts should relax, plan ahead and let their true personalities shine through.
Here are some helpful hints.
1. Manage expectations. If networking events make you nervous, don’t psych yourself out with unrealistic expectations. You may not meet 20 new contacts or impress others with your best joke -- and that’s okay. One quality conversation is more beneficial than 20 superficial ones.
2. Prepare. Plan ahead and prepare some icebreakers. Open-ended questions spur interesting conversations. Most people love to talk about themselves, their work and their hobbies. Ask questions like, “How long have you been a member of the host organization?” or “What’s your favorite part of your job?”
3. Set a time limit. When you decide ahead of time how long you’ll stay at an event, it makes the commitment finite and much less intimidating. At a minimum, give yourself 20 minutes to get your nametag, grab a drink and meet at least one new person. Often, all you need is a few minutes to adjust to the environment. You may be surprised at how often you’ll stay longer than planned.
4. Ask for an introduction. If there’s a particular person you’d like to meet, try to find a common connection and request an introduction. LinkedIn makes this very easy -- and if that doesn’t work, approach the event’s host. You’ll get much further with an introduction from a common acquaintance than approaching someone out of the blue.
5. Practice empathetic listening. Introverts are usually fully-engaged and fantastic listeners. Because most people are better at talking than listening, you’ll stand out as someone who values others.
6. Share your personal stories. Challenge yourself to open up. If you ask consecutive questions without sharing information about yourself, it can start to feel like an interrogation. Participating in the conversation will help it to flow more naturally.
7. Practice. If you’re still extremely nervous or unsure, challenge yourself with low- or no-risk situations. Drive to a networking event in the next town over where you likely won’t know anyone. Experiment with new conversation-starters or stories. That way, even if you make a complete fool of yourself, it won’t matter.
8. Take small steps. With increased practice, you’ll become more comfortable in social situations and with sharing your true personality. Make it a habit to take advantage of everyday opportunities to network. At the office, take small breaks to walk around and casually socialize with your colleagues. Once a week, invite a colleague to join you for lunch or coffee.
By Ritika Trikha, CareerBliss Editor
Ritka has a great column on CareerBliss called Resume Tip Tuesdays below is her most recent Tip. You can find her at: http://www.careerbliss.com/advice/resume-tip-tuesday/
In a previous edition of Resume Tip Tuesday, we explained how to make sure your resume doesn’t get stuck in an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).The wrong format could make your resume void! And with nearly 100 percent of large companies using an ATS system, it’s critical to make sure your resume gets through the ATS and into the hands of a real person.
Today, we talked to Brooke Dixon, co-founder and CEO of Hourly.com, about another more in-depth way to ensure you beat any ATS.
“Remember, the ATS is designed to weed out applicants,” Dixon says.So, in order to make sure your resume is found when a hiring manager is searching through their ATS for resumes, all you have to do is make sure that you sprinkle relevant keywords, right?Wrong! Too many terms are alike…which can confuse the ATS.
“For instance, let’s say you’re looking for a freelancing job in sales,” Dixon says. “From the job description, you input words in your resume or online job profile such as “market trends” or “partner relationships” believing that these words would sync with an ATS.”But context is key.“Without the correct context, an ATS may “read” your work experience as someone who has a background in marketing. Since there are a lot of crossover in these fields, keywords aren’t as black and white as you may believe,” Dixon says.Make Sure You Put Context Around Your Keywords Add context. Translate why your background fits the job. Include achievements that make you stand out.
“For instance, instead of saying that you have experience in “sales.” note the type of sales experience, regions you’ve worked in, or products you’ve sold,” Dixon says. “This will link more clearly not just with a parser, but in the search and score portion of the hiring process.”
By Aaron Gouveia, Salary.com contributing writer.
Which Jobs Will be Huge in the New Year
1. Registered nurse
2. Daycare center teacher
3. Mental health technician
4. Software Developer
5. Carpenters & Electricians
6. Accountants & Auditors
7. Operations Research Analyst
8. School Psychologist
To read the full article go to: http://www.salary.com/the-8-hottest-jobs-of-2014/