So often people exchange business cards and never contact each other. Or they add each other on LinkedIn and the networking dies there. Remember you are building a relationship and you want to be memorable. Following up is critical to making networking work effectively. In fact, by following up you are setting yourself apart from most networkers.
So you think that you have what it takes to work for one of serial entrepreneur Richard Branson's 400 companies within his Virgin Empire? You have personality and that is what he hires. Right? Are you a bit nervous about making a poised and polished entrance? What about the small talk -- smooth sailing for you? And what if you do get the job and he proposes a toast to you? Do you drink up or not? Uh oh...
There are investments you need to make as a start-up -- like design and marketing, for example -- that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business. You need to invest in yourself. Your professional development. Your personal growth.
People today need to deal with greater uncertainty in the marketplace and a good way to do this is to take ownership of your career. It is clear that individuals who consciously invest in their careers stand out from other employees. To take your career in your own hands, here are five important tips from Knightsbridge.
I live in Toronto, and have been looking for work since October 2012. At almost every interview I attend, the hiring manager explains that over 80 applications for the position have been received. On LinkedIN, some social media and web design jobs have over 150 applications submitted per job within a three to five day period.
Everyone said I had to use LinkedIn when I was working to launch Zillidy. I currently have over 600 LinkedIn connections, which according to the website links me to over 10.5 million professionals. So why is LinkedIn such a powerful tool for small business? I believe it's because of the following reasons.
There are days, I am sure, that you sit in your office and you hide from your work. You go unnoticed in plain sight. And then there are the days that you are so consumed by your work that you forget to grab lunch. You are still hidden in plain sight. Only thing people see is you in distress. If you want to move in your career, and get unstuck, think about who sees you, what they see.
The hardest thing for me to deal with after starting my start-up was the lack of a business card. I had no card. And no big title. And, after 25 years, no logo, website, stationary, network, IT guy, EA, expense account, limo charge account, crowded schedule, flights to catch and people to see. Nothing. Nada. So, how to start over? How to build something from scratch and fill the day?
Innoversity is a not-for-profit organization that has spent the past 13 years struggling with some success "to create opportunities for cultural minority, Aboriginal and disabled Canadians to actively engage with, and be reflected within, key social sectors and institutions." That's institution-speak for fighting racism and all the other isms that still stain our society, particularly our media.
Do you actively seek out different opinions than your own, or unwittingly reinforce your personal conventional wisdom by only consuming "agreeable" content? While we may think it is the former, too often we live in a bubble. Here are some reasons why we're not as open-minded or as free as we may think, and how the internet is really preventing us from experiencing new things.
These are my very own, real leaked documents about the fact that traditional, general-interest journalism is the crucial cornerstone of democracy and that social media threatens to destroy that cornerstone. They're written by students studying journalism. If you have any interest in Canadian journalism in our Canadian democracy you should read them.
I often compare starting a business with motherhood. It is almost as if there is a code of secrecy. No one wants to tell you what it is really like. No one wants to spell out the down times. The sleep deprivation. The sense of rejection when no one calls you. And no one wants to admit that it was less than perfect for her.