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Comeback Victory March 2, 2017

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I know it has been about one month since we witnessed a historic comeback and the first ever overtime game for the Super Bowl but the lessons learned from this and how you can apply them to the job search and networking are too powerful (in my opinion) to ignore.

We all know how the game started, Atlanta dominated the game, New England look completely lost and unable to mount a sustained drive as Atlanta shut them down while seemingly moving up field on offense at will. Frustration was beginning to set in with New England, you could see it on their faces; nothing they seemed to do was working.

Does this sound familiar? Do you sometimes feel like your networking activities are ineffective, no matter what you do?  You look at others and feel like they are dominating the room while you continue to struggle.  Do your resulting job search efforts suffer the same fate?  No matter what you do you can’t seem to get the interview or if you do go through multiple interviews you can’t seem to close the deal?  (Been there, done that myself.)

What’s been your next move when faced with these situations? Do you keep doing what you are doing and hope things will change?  Do you give up?  Take a break and collect your thoughts?

What you SHOULD do is take a page out of the New England Patriots playbook. They kept hammering away until they found an opportune time to take a break (halftime) and re assess their game plan.  You should do the same.  When you have time in your schedule (if you need to, block out time, stop your networking activity for a few days) and look at the “game film” from the first half.  Carefully examine what you have been doing and determine why it’s not working.  Ask a friend or relative to offer you some advice based upon their observations.  Then take the data you have gathered and formulate a revised plan to help break through whatever is holding you back allowing you to create your own comeback victory.

Even if you are not a fan of the Patriots you have to admire the adjustment they made at half time and more impressive, their never-say-die attitude. Adopting this same process and mind set in your networking and job search activities (and life in general) can go a long way to helping you reach the goals you have set.

Until next time….

 

 

How to Leverage Networking Groups October 27, 2016

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With a summer a distant memory and winter fast approaching many professional groups will start to ramp up their event schedule.  You will begin to see more opportunities for training, educational presentations, round table discussions general meetings and before you know it holiday gatherings and celebrations.

What is the one thing all of these events have in common?  They present a fantastic opportunity for networking!  Events like this are a great way to not only learn something new or enhance your current skill set but they are also a target-rich environment to grow your network.

Many times events like these are hosted by some type of professional organization like The American Marketing Association, Society for Human Resource Management or the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.  Events like these can offer a sense of comfort since you will have an automatic “connection” with the others in attendance – you share the same career field and probably some of the same job related “challenges.”  This may not seem like much but it’s a natural and easy way to start a conversation with someone new.

Other events may be hosted by a networking group like PeerNet or The August Group and will most likely offer a large and diverse group of people covering a wide array of industries along with people in every stage of their career from those just starting out to those who are more experienced.

No matter which type of event you happen to attend (and you should try to attend a good blend of each) here are some things to keep in mind courtesy of a great article from The Ladders.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Until next time….

 

3-Steps to Realizing Your Goals January 9, 2014

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Well it is that time of the year again.  Time for resolutions, time for goal setting of all sorts.  I want to lose 10 pounds, I need to save more, I have to do this-that-and-the-other-thing.

Most of the time these good intentions are short lived.  I see it every year at the gym.  A swell of new people beginning in January and then back to the “usual crowd” by mid March.

What can you do to stay on track to achieve your goals for 2014?  No matter what your goals are- Find a new/better job, attend more networking events, give more than I take, help someone else connect with that one elusive person there is a an easy three step process you can follow.

1-Write your goals down.  Sounds simple but if you commit to something on paper studies have shown you are more likely to achieve them.  It helps if you put your goal(s) in a visible place like your desk, your refrigerator, etc don’t limit it to one place use multiple places so you are more likely to see it multiple times every day.

2-Announce your goals – publicly.  Tell your family members, co-workers (if appropriate), friends, business associates what you plan to do this year. Heck even blog about it. Doing this is another form of commitment and a way to reinforce in your own mind what you need to do.

3-Have an accountability partner. This can be a spouse, best friend, parent, child, business partner.  The key is to find someone who will regularly ask you what type of progress you have made against your goal.  When I was looking for a job I was part of a group that met every week.  We were required to report on our job search activities from the previous week and if we did not accomplish what we promised, we had to answer for it. This weekly exercise kept me on track as I did not want to have to explain why I did not meet with the people mentioned or why I did not update my marketing plan.

While setting goals and making resolutions is a good first step, following these three easy steps will help you actually achieve them.  Come December 31  you can then look back on 2014 and say “I did it!” and that is certainly better than the alternative.

Until next week….