Category: Career Development
Every time we begin working at a new job we start with so much joy and enthusiasm. It can be an exciting, rewarding and overwhelming experience for most of us in the beginning. After a while, doing the same work day after day may not be as exciting any more. We start questioning … Read More »
It is a brand new year and reports and targets are everywhere. But, let’s face it – targets are pointless without a team of hardworking, intuitive sales people. Sales people are perhaps the life blood of an organization. In order to be successful in meeting your target, you must have a team of passionate and … Read More »
You wouldn’t think it, but “He has contributed with his convivial way to improving the working atmosphere” actually means “He has alcohol problems”.
At least it does in Germany.
It’s a code. In Germany, employers are legally obliged to provide a positive, written reference for every employee. In fact, if an employer does not give you a good … Read More »
Let me tell you about my morning: I have four kids and NONE of them wanted to go to school today. There were tears, there were tirades, school buses were missed. I was half an hour late for work and when I arrived, I asked my boss if he had any whiskey stashed in a drawer somewhere. He did not. It’s been a very disappointing morning.
Let me tell you about my week: NOTHING worked. I’m trialling new email service providers and I’m not happy with any of them. That’s good information (time to move on!), sure, but it takes a lot of woman-hours to test them out…uploading contacts, segmenting, drafting new campaigns, testing, testing, testing, sending, sending, sending, failing, failing, failing.
Let me tell you about my month: see above. It’s basically the same story.
So: A lot of activity, very little achievement. Or so it seems. There is, of course, an antidote…and here it is.
Don’t network just to get a job; network to build real relationships. The point of informational interviews is not to get a job, but rather to learn more about the company and establish a relationship with the person you’re speaking with. That goes with any networking opportunity you come across. As someone who has spoken at both large and small scale events, Vivian says that nothing bothers her more than people who are apparent about wanting something from you. “Don’t expect a job.” Network to build a genuine relationship with the person first; ask them what they do, and at most, exchange contact information to stay in touch.