In her Wall Street Journal Online article, Reverse Mentoring Cracks Workplace, Leslie Kwoh writes about “reverse mentoring” whereby older, more experienced employees are paired with younger employees who serve as their mentors. This approach can be especially helpful to teach older employees about the latest technology such as Skype and iPhone apps and popular social media tools such as Facebook or Twitter. The article cites several Fortune 500 companies that have successfully implemented reverse mentoring programs including GE, Ogilvy & Mather, Hewlett-Packard Co., Cisco Systems Inc. Read more
Networking is a critical skill for a successful career. When you learn to do it well, you will enjoy yourself. If not, networking can be excruciating for you and the people around you. Approach networking with the idea that you want to help others and you’ll be amazed at how much you receive in return.
Kelly Eggers of Dow Jones offers her version of the do’s and don’t of networking:
- Have a Solid Introduction
- Don’t Confuse People with Your Pitch
- Don’t Tell a Sob Story
- Spend More Time Listening Than Talking
- Avoid Being Socially Inept
- Don’t Overstay Your Welcome
- Hand out Your Business Card, Not Your Resume
- Follow Up and Through
Read the full article on FINS.com.
Today, Career-ology published two free resource available.
The first tool, Overview-LinkedIn, provides an overview of the key features and functions of LinkedIn, tips on getting started and a list of additional resources for training. LinkedIn is most popular professional social media site with more than 100 million members. Are you on LinkedIn? If not, you should be.
The second tool, Interview & Meeting Prep, can be used to prepare for an interview, a business meeting or networking situation with colleagues, customers or clients using popular social media tools and websites. The information you collect will help you to establish a meaningful connection with the people you meet. By learning more about the person with whom you are meeting, you can increase the likelihood of finding points of common interest.
To download these free tools (.pdf) from Career-ology, click on the Resources page.
This is from a national survey of more than 2,800 U.S. employers, conducted by CareerBuilder.
- More than one-in-five (22 percent) hiring managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after an interview;
- 86 percent say it shows a lack of follow-through;
- 56 percent say it sends the message that they aren’t really serious about the opportunity;
- 89 percent of hiring managers say it is OK to send a thank-you note in the form of an e-mail, with half saying it is actually the way they prefer to receive them;
- IT hiring managers are the most eager to receive e-mail, rather than written thank you notes;
- The majority of those in the financial services like hand-written and USPS delivered notes better, but say that e-mail is still acceptable.
Thank you notes are not just for interviews. Invest 5 minutes to stand out from the crowd after meeting a customer, prospect, mentor or business partner. If speed is critical (i.e., timing is an issue) such as an interview or a competitive sales situation, send an email and a hand written note. If speed is not critical, always opt for the hand written note.
So what should be included in a thank you note? . . . Read the full CareerBuilder post here.
About Jeff Chapski
Jeff Chapski has coached and mentored hundreds of college students and recent graduates as they started their first jobs and launched their careers. Recalling the important skills and lessons he learned early in his own career, Jeff started writing a blog at Career-ology.com to help new professionals succeed at work. Read more...
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