Don’t be a stage five clinger when you network. This week's Roundup includes email etiquette guidelines, resume pointers, and common career tips you shouldn’t take too seriously. Also, learn the importance of networking the right way and what career moves 20-somethings should be making.
Learn to Love Networking
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Shake off that networking-phobia. The insight gained from connecting with industry professionals far outweighs the risks. Break the ice by finding common interests. If someone gives you advice, offer a sincere thank you or a kind gesture in return. Focus on fostering community rather than just career advancement.
Email Etiquette 101: The Do’s, The Don’ts, and the Oh No You Didn’ts
1-800-EMAIL-BLING. Sure, a phone call is best, but we live in an email-centric world. Follow these tips to make your email the blingiest it can be: 1. Don’t mass email. Make it professional but personal. 2. Proofread. Especially when spelling recipients’ names. 3. Elevator pitch your email. 4. Remove the auto signature “Sent from my iPhone.” It’s sloppy. 5. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You don’t have to be a robot to be professional.
9 ways to add skills you didn't even know you had to your résumé
Don’t sell yourself short. You may already have the skills recruiters want without even knowing it. Reflect on your biggest achievements in school, jobs, and volunteer work. Then research the profiles of professionals in your chosen field. Better yet, reach out to connect. This will help you re-package your experiences to make them relevant to the job you want.
3 Networking Mistakes You Should Never Make
Don’t be a stage five clinger. Know when to exit and don’t dive into conversations you’re not invited to. Leave any lingering thoughts for a follow-up email. The contact will appreciate your respect for their time. When trying to meet a VIP, be professionally persistent. Lastly, keep your contact’s info under wraps unless you’re given permission. Sharing is not always caring.
7 career moves you need to make in your 20s
Take risks while you still can. Work a job that excites you, even if it barely keeps you afloat. Donate your time as a volunteer. This can feel great and help you network. Create a “show-off piece” —a career achievement or skill that stands out on a resume. Don’t be in a hurry for money or prestige, diverse experiences count for a lot more.
The worst job interview advice people love to give
Avoid overdressing. It’s better to fit in with the office vibe. Arriving too early might make you look desperate and throws a curveball in the employer’s schedule. Saying you’re a perfectionist is so cliché. Instead of focusing on being yourself, show the employer why you’re the best person for the job. Lastly, it’s okay to address salary to set expectations.
Is Grit Overrated?
Grit’s sexy, but don’t show it. Grit, the hours that you spend developing your skills, is crucial, but better not flaunted. People have a bias towards “naturals”—those who make success look effortless. However, don’t be fooled into thinking naturals beat grit. Everyone from Steve Jobs to Yo-Yo Ma owe their success to hours of careful preparation.
Hiring Managers are Seeing more Lies on Resumes
Inflated titles and exaggerated experience are on the rise. These fibs are showing up more frequently these days. One reason: people move around more and wear more hats. Yet another: embarrassment from a lost job. The irony, though, is that a spell of joblessness usually carries far less stigma than lying on a resume.