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- Inside Networking: How and Why to Build a Network Inside Your Organization
- Diversity in Counsel … Unity in Command
- Play Hard. Play Fair. Nobody Hurt. Simple rules for great meetings and teams
- Mentors are everywhere, you just need to know what to look for
- Have we been looking at ‘cultural fit’ all wrong?
- Continuous Improvement – It’s For More Than Just Processes
- What is Culture Anyway?
- Are You High Potential?
- How To Create A Stronger LinkedIn Profile
- Why You Should Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Up To Date
- How To Take Stock And Plan For A Breakout Quarter
- Examining the myth: Do extraverts make better networkers?
- Lessons from the Roller Rink
- The Evolution of a (Hiring) Decision
- A Quick Guide to Informational Interviews
- 5 Questions To Ask Your Boss
- Do your employees dread Monday mornings? How to get your team to look forward to the work week.
- Where Do You Think? The Surprising Difference Between Introverts & Extroverts
- Got a Job Offer? Your Start Date May Be Earlier Than You Think
- Good Boss / Bad Boss
- The Difference Between a Coach and a Mentor
- Four Questions For Your Direct Reports
Tag Archives: Careers
Imagine a scenario where you are meeting for someone for the first time. If you live in America, there is a good chance that the conversational exchange will go something like this:
An opening volley of small talk …
A bit more small talk …
Something about the weather …
And then someone will inevitably say … (wait for it …)
“So, what do you do?”
How do you answer the question, “What do you do?”
Think back to the last time you were at a wedding — or any event with a dance floor. There was no shortage of well-meaning people encouraging the wallflowers, “Come on … get out on the dance floor … it’ll be fun … you’ll have a good time.”
In our Western culture we just assume that everyone can dance. But when you look at the people on the dance floor you will see a wide spectrum of skill. There will be some who are excellent dancers, with a total command of their body and the room.
At the other end of the spectrum, there will be a few who can’t dance at all and are just flailing in loose approximation to the rhythm of the music. And then there will be people who think that they are good dancers but, in all honesty, are not.
And so it is with networking.
How do you decide what direction to head next in your career? Would you like to be more visible inside your company? How do you increase your chances of getting a job offer inside of a company that interests you?
Over the course of my speaking and client engagements I find myself frequently recommending informational interviews as a tactic to learn, as well as gain exposure for your career. Informational interviews are a great way to explore opportunities, discover mentors, and get information about a field of work from someone who has firsthand knowledge.
Whether it’s with a new company or a new role within your existing organization, new positions are tremendous opportunities to leap forward in your career. However, beware that you and the hiring manager may have very different ideas as to your actual start date.