May 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Turning Good Networking into Great Networking (NEW: Read my weekly career advice on Whole Living Daily)

I believe we all have the best intentions when it comes to networking.  We want to stay in touch with bosses and former coworkers, clients, fellow alums, etc. but it doesn't make our "to do" list.  Then one day we find ourselves in need of support and networking becomes a priority again.  

Have you found yourself in this situation?  

If so, don't worry. All is not lost.  You can learn how to best reach out to colleagues with whom you've lost touch with my Networking Lesson on Whole Living Daily

Whole Living Daily is the blog for Whole Living Magazine (formerly Body & Soul.)  I'm honored to be a career expert for this focused, relevant and much needed resource to help you live a balanced life in a busy world.  Find my career tips & advice each week on Whole Living Daily.

Unfortunately the best intentions aren't enough to create a great network.  But consider how you can put networking at the top of your list.  Make it a priority to network with former bosses and colleagues with tips and advice in this recent Washington Post article: Don't Slam the Door on Your Way Out by Dan Rafter.

What keeps you from networking?  Is it time?  Is it energy?  Is it having your elevator pitch?  Or perhaps you are a master networker with ideas and strategies to share.  All concerns, questions and comments are welcome.  Share them here and we'll help each other turn good networking into great networking!


Posted by maggie at 12:31 AM
Thursday, May 13, 2010

What I Wish I Knew When I Graduated

Pace University asked me to speak to seniors to help them take charge of their job searches.  

To prepare, I asked my network "what they know now about the work world that they wish they'd known when graduating."

I was pleasantly surprised by the volume of responses. Many wanted to share their "lessons learned" and help today's grads find greater happiness and success faster in their careers.  

It was truly inspiring and I had to share these helpful tips:


  • Choose a career but never settle on a job, keep it satisfying to your soul and lifestyle.
  • Every great position comes as the result of relationship first, then qualifications.
  • I should have done more soul searching about what I wanted to do instead of just jumping into anything.
  • Never assume that office work is the only option. Highly skilled, highly paid hands-on jobs go unfulfilled even today! 

To read all 16 comments, follow me on Facebook!

What do you wish you'd known when graduating?  Share your advice in a comment below.  I wish I had taken the time to understand more about the different ways people make a living.  My concept of career was focused on business when I was in college and I didn't know much else.  Luckily, I always knew I could change careers. My Mom was a mid-career changer, going back to medical school with three kids!  Read how she did it here: Career Inspiration from Mom.  

In the words of Orrin Hatch, "There is good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."  Graduation is not the end; it is the beginning."  Congratulations to the class of 2010!  

 Photo courtesy of Ha-Wee.



Posted by maggie at 1:36 AM