Where the heck did the first half of 2009 go? Most folks I know are all happy to see it go and must say I am one of them. And, in spite of seeing repeated predictions that things aren’t going to get "back to normal" until Q1 2010, I just know that the second half of this year is going to be better than the first. And, besides, by 2010, I think we’re going to have an entirely new definition of "normal" anyway. P.S. Don’t forget to ask me about my chapter on networking in the upcoming book titled, "Unwritten HR Rules" by Alan Collins.Read More
Many of you know me to be a networking enthusiast and “Connector” (Tipping Point/Gladwell reference), as well an experienced marketer and business development pro. Well, recently I was asked to author a white paper where I offer 12 Rules of Networkingfor HR industry professionals. As Bella Domain’s principal consultant, the originator of the Social Capital Assessment, and the current VP of Networking for one of the largest chapters of the American Marketing Association, it actually made sense to me that I was tapped for this worthwhile task. Besides, me resist a soapbox? No way. Additionally, as some of you may also know, I am a HR industry vet with experience as an executive level outsourced HR services provider as well as an executive manager of in-house HR.
For some, it’ll be a refresher, but for all, this white paper will offer some valuable insights on what to do, and just as importantly, what not to do as you’re out there working hard to build good social capital while growing and nurturing your valuable network. You’ll also learn why you might want to become a “pay it forward” focused person, in addition to how to be more memorable while putting forth all that effort.
Please check out our Networking page or click HERE TO REQUEST THE FREE PDF of this informative 6-page white paper and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you, your company or association with either your on-line (i.e. LinkedIn) or off-line networking. (The white paper is no longer available, but my book, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting The Most Out of Any Networking Event” is available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/ga4LIx)
Final note: Be sure to watch for the webinar and videos on this topic coming to a desktop, on LinkedIn or via an iPhone near you soon!
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Something about the post below really rang true to me, so I wanted to share it. It’s about ageism as it relates to the unemployed many within the 40+ crowd. Please keep in mind that this post was part of a discussion on the WA Recruiters listserv and was started by someone that went to an in-person networking event for job seekers which turned out to be made up of almost all 40-somethings. Their hypothesis certainly warrants consideration these days and is worth the read/ponder.
BTW, I don’t advocate accepting the conclusion, but instead maybe consider what can be done to be a little more relevant out there (especially if you’re a job seeker or consultant in the marketing or HR arenas). Maybe it is time to upgrade your skills (know digital? social media?) and/or learn new technologies (do you text?). Please let me know if I can assist by pointing you to places/resources where you can find help.
Re: Ageism alive and well
Mon Mar 9, 2009 1:45 pm (PDT)
as much as I’d like to play the ageism card, and while I’m not saying it isn’t occurring in places as I’m sure it is, I’m also not convinced it’s as simple as just that. I’ve been following this thread and wonder if it might not have more to do with our perceived ‘relevance’ to the new leaders of companies, and our commensurate salaries, than our age.
The under 40′s keep their resumes up-to-the-minute, take multi-tasking to new levels, they network via Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, IM Chat, text messaging and a host of other social communities that don’t require in-person attendance (not to mention the requisite travel time associated with attending networking events).
I fear we’re becoming the newest victims of consumerism, whereby younger leaders want different options/features and see more instant gratification in purchasing faster and cheaper products (with possibly more memory than in upgrading what they currently have.
If we’re not paying close attention to the ‘value shifts’ and what our companies want for their dollar, rather than what we feel we want to offer for what they’re paying, we run the risk of becoming the ‘older’ people we used to dream of replacing and will fail the ‘relevance’ test…
v davis (name changed to protect the innocent)
sr recruiting consultant
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