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Tips for Networking Novices… Recipe for Successful Teams… Recruiters’ Thumbs Ups (and Downs!) on LinkedIn Profiles

Tips for Networking Novices

Launching a career requires understanding how to network. The pointers below can help those new to the important career-building strategy.

  1. Be polite, humble, and professional. Listen rather than trying to impress more senior staff. Always thank people you meet when networking. To be taken seriously, adopt a professional persona and observe business etiquette.
  2. Work at the process. Networking is more than checking social media feeds. Get out into the world and make face-to-face connections. It takes time and energy, but it’s worth the investment.
  3. Ask questions. Network to learn by asking questions and paying attention to the answers. People will want to help you if you show your interest by listening closely to advice and demonstrating that you want to learn and grow.
  4. Act natural. Be yourself—but be your best If you are nervous and uncomfortable, you’ll make others around you feel awkward.
  5. Be patient. It takes time to build a professional network—and even more time for those connections to generate results.


Recipe for Successful Teams

  • Take a large dollop of tolerance for others’ perspectives
  • Add plenty of differing personality types
  • Mix well
  • Watch team excel

The need for smooth collaboration in the workplace is well documented, but recent data from Google parent Alphabet Inc. seems to have homed in on a recipe for success.

One of the ingredients identified was placing people motivated by the same values together, since teams with members who have differing goals may end up pulling the group in opposite directions.

Another characteristic for successful teams was engagement. This refers to all team members participating, i.e. everyone speaks, everyone listens, and everyone does so in equal parts. It also means that each team member speaks to every other team member.

Diversity was another important quality for successful teams. Combining introverts with extroverts and organizers with improvisers is a good way to make the best use of individual talents. Likewise, using a respectful tone of voice allows a free flow of divergent ideas.

Finally, winning teams are goal driven—each team member sets individual goals, and all individual goals point toward completion of the overall objective for the project.

From The Wall Street Journal

Recruiters’ Thumbs Ups (and Downs!) on LinkedIn Profiles

A LinkedIn profile has become as important as a résumé. To make it entice rather than repel recruiters, follow these tips.

Complete the entire profile. Include work experience, education, and accomplishments, making sure to keep the information updated. Anything less leaves a bad impression, according an expert from the recruitment firm Korn Ferry.

Use a professional photo. Selfies don’t cut it and make your profile appear as if you didn’t care enough to make yourself look professional. Evaluate the photo choice using Photofeeler or Snappr.

Be specific. Sync dates of employment, job titles, and other facts with your résumé to demonstrate truthfulness and your ability to be detail oriented.

Write a professional headline. Name your industry and job in your headline so it will appear with your name if a recruiter performs a Google search on you.



Hey, Be Nice!… Geography Determines Dress Code… Female Millennial Workers Suffer from Depression, Burnout

Hey, Be Nice!

Bad manners in the workplace undermine collaboration, according to new research published in the Harvard Business Review. The rude behaviors that ruptured teamwork included belittling and demeaning comments, insults, and backbiting. Even those who weren’t the direct objects of the nastiness were less confident and helpful as a result of the incivility that infected the group.

The study followed two teams, one of which received neutral messages about its work, and another, which received insulting comments about its work. The team that felt the brunt of the rude remarks ranked lower in each performance metric primarily because group members stopped sharing information and didn’t seek help from teammates.

Teams work best in an environment of trust and respect, in which individuals feel safe to accept feedback and take risks. When the opposite occurs, the ensuing negativity tends to be repeated in subsequent collaborative efforts.

From Harvard Business Review

Geography Determines Dress Code

When JPMorgan Chase and Co. recently changed its dress code, CEO Jamie Dimon admitted that the organization’s business formal rules were out of date. Indeed, the workplace has entered a new era where employees wearing hoodies and flip flops are just as likely to be seen as staff in a suit and tie, according to research conducted by Payscale.

The survey results found that dress code formality depended on the type of business being surveyed. Nearly one half of those questioned said the company had an explicit dress code, which included companies that require uniforms. More than 42 percent said their organization allowed employees to look any way they chose, but “within reason,” a consciously vague term.

Interestingly, the research found that the closer a company is to the West Coast, the more casual the dress code. The Southeastern states have the most explicit dress codes, many requiring uniforms.


Female Millennial Workers Suffer from Depression, Burnout

 Depression among all millennials is prevalent, but more female millennial employees experience depression and burnout than their male counterparts. However, stigmas surrounding mental health issues make the women less likely to seek help. The reason? While employees would not hesitate to request time off to recover from strep throat, they are less likely to ask for a mental health day for fear of appearing weak to their employers.

The non-profit organization Mental Health America reports that depression costs the U.S. economy over $51 billion in absenteeism and $26 billion in treatment costs each year. However, experiencing stress and depression not only causes absenteeism; it also affects presenteeism, which occurs when a depressed employee comes to work but does not operate at full throttle.

From MarketWatch






Paltering Makes Deception Easier… Top Fields, Skills for Internships… New Workplace Platforms Improve Collaboration

Paltering Makes Deception Easier

Sometimes executives and political candidates make statements that are technically true but that actually skew the truth. It’s called paltering and can be likened to lying by omission. This form of deception purposefully distorts a true statement and is often used in negotiations.

Research conducted by Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino found that palterers allow themselves to feel legitimate when using this rhetorical strategy because they believe they are being honest. However, those on the receiving end feel as if they’re being tricked.

Paltering works like this. Say an organization’s sales have increased for ten years straight but are expected to stay flat in the foreseeable future. If someone asks how sales are expected to be, the palterer would mislead by responding, “As you know, sales over the last 10 years have grown consistently.”

The research found that as many as 88 percent of managers queried admitted they use paltering as a means to end up with a better outcome to a deal. The researchers also found that those on the receiving end of paltering tend to avoid dealing with the palterer again because they consider that person unethical.

From HBS Knowledge

Top Fields, Skills for Internships

Internship season is here, and a recent article in The New York Times lists the top twenty fields for the coveted positions that bridge college and work. The Times cites research conducted by Burning Glass Technologies, which counted the number of internships posted on 40,000 websites. The most desired skills employers seek are also named.

Below are a few of the fields and requisite skills the article names.

  1. Business Operations: Project management, business administration, scheduling, customer service, economics
  1. Marketing: Social media, Adobe Photoshop, Facebook, market research
  1. Sales and Business Development: Sales, business development, marketing, customer service, project management
  1. Media, Communication, Public Relations: Social Media, journalism, Adobe Photoshop, marketing, technical writing, and editing

–From The New York Times

New Workplace Platforms Improve Collaboration

Be on the lookout for new workplace technology that’s making communication within organizations more seamless.

Kaltura is a video platform that allows executives to speak to and share knowledge with their staff. Likewise, employees can upload videos of their work to share with the entire organization. Such sharing leads to better collaboration.

Kiwi is an app that allows users to directly access Gmail instead of going through a browser. It is integrated with Google Drive and has recently added features that enable users to open Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides within the app. Too bad Google didn’t think of that!

HipChat takes a swing at SnapChat by bringing screen sharing, messaging, and video conferencing to the workplace, effectively taking the place of many intra-office e-mails. Popular with tech start-ups, HipChat is easy to use and aggressively priced to make inroads into this ever-growing field.