Friday, April 21, 2017

“Network” your way to new opportunities-

Many of us dread walking into a social event and introducing ourselves to a group of strangers who are apparently the experts in their respective fields. Talking with these people and making quick connections may come easily to some but prove to be quite difficult for others.

Does the idea of networking summon up feelings of anxiety, nervousness or panic? What do you say? Who do you speak to?  You end up furtively glancing around the room looking for someone-anyone--who looks even vaguely familiar? With this comes the pressure of making the right impression or delivering the perfect elevator pitch which only makes the networking process even more daunting. But networking doesn’t need to be such an intimidating experience. With few pointers you will be calm and focused on making the most out of networking opportunities, no matter how introverted you are.

Being “Genuine” works
Networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, effective networking is a skill that should be with facilitated with ease. It should not come along with a burden of a mandatory attendance or detailed conversations. Take it easy and make the most of it.

Keep a “Track”                       

Networking doesn’t necessarily commence meeting in-person. Value your connections on networking sites too and focus on making introductions that matter. These connections of your field might share your interests and end-up sharing space with you at the events. Make a list of people who would have value to you, but more importantly, that you can also add value to, and plan your attendance where they will be. It works in favour to have an element of trust and a controlled setting already or else these cold handshakes may be limp attempts.

Take “Initiative”
There is no guide to a great opening statement- To get the conversation started, few collected words- "May I join you" or "What brings you to this event?" works. Do not wait for someone to approach you. Listen intently to their replies. Be a very good listener – as it can be an excellent way to get to know a person.

Prior home-work- “Familiarize yourself”
With a bit of research on the speakers and guests, you can pre-plan the conversation starters as and when you get an opportunity to interact with them to avoid thinking on your feet. Google the speakers and attendees, check on LinkedIn, research their website, get familiar with who will be in attendance. It will help.

Remember to “Follow-up”. 

Do express that you enjoyed meeting at the event. Networking is where the conversation begins, not ends. If you've had a great exchange, ask the best way to stay in touch. Some people like email or phone; others prefer social networks like LinkedIn. Get in touch quickly after the event to show you are interested and valued the conversation, reference something you discussed, so your contact remembers you.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

That first day of your work- Make sure you nail it!!

First day, first Job - one of the most memorable days of a career’s voyage. Want to make sure you start things off on the right foot? Let us have a look at some of the curated pieces of advice for thriving that first day at your new job. 

“Positive” Attitude 
Nothing works better than having a positive attitude on your first day. Let your enthusiasm speak out for being part of the team and the organization. The exhilaration and positivity that you radiate will go a long way for this new opportunity. 

“Professional” Attire 
A well-groomed person is sure to leave a positive impact- A definite “Hit” with your co-workers. It’s a good idea to check your closet to make sure your wardrobe is supporting your efforts to make an affirmative first impression. 

Be a good “Listener” 
Listening can be one of the hardest skills to learn. If you have a legitimate contribution, put it across in an assertive conduct, do more listening and absorbing during those first days on the job. It will help you learn, give you greater clarity, grasp the data and information shared during the exchange and most importantly develop those initial notes that you would require later on to do your best job. 

Prepare and ask “Questions” 
A genuine desire to learn is appreciated by one and all from the fresh recruits. You need to know everything which will help you to be successful in your role, get you acquainted with the organizational culture, policies and procedures. Prepare your list of questions which will help you build your own repository to do a spectacular job at work. 

Always “Appreciate” 
Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first days on the job. Recognizing those who have helped you get acclimated will show your gratitude, which will do wonders in the days that follow. 

Stay “Organized” 
Everyone has a system that works best for them. Keep a track of important events- meetings, appointments, assignments, and projects. Get an organizer or planner that helps you to be abreast of all your work. Your outlook or Apple calendar with reminders set for important deadlines; excel spreadsheets or just a simple to-do list at the beginning and end of every day are few ways. 

“Learn” everything about Your New Employer- 
A lot of brimming is done during the interviewing process, however, there is always a lot more to learn once you are on-the-job. Grab those organization collaterals, employee handbook, policy documents and study them. Gather all those reports and read as much as you can to become knowledgeable about your organization. 

“Productive” time with your Boss- 
Schedule meetings with your supervisor to keep him/her informed of how you have spent your initial days. In addition to helping you stay on track with assignments and deadlines; regular conversation with your manager builds relationship and helps you learn things that went a miss from your end.