Preparing for your career 10 Tips for finding that next opportunity Taken from may 2010 presentation to WWU MISA
#10 – Know your stuff, Be Prepared Know the company, product, market and people BEFORE you go to any interview – have all your tools ready!
#9 – Be Yourself, Don’t Compromise Understand what makes you YOU and set yourself apart from the rest.
#8 – Listen and Learn Take the time to listen to what others are telling you – learn from every experience
#7 – Develop Communication Skills Speaking, Writing, and Conversation skills are core to communication. Polish up on all of them in order to connect with your audience.
#6 – Open to change Things change, people change, situations change - Be open to things you many not have considered or thought of before.
#5 – Be Generous and Give Back Find ways to be involved outside of the corp world. Use your skills and talents to help make someone else better.
#4 – Build your network You never know when you might need your network, so always build and nurture your connections.
#3 – It’s about the Relationships The best opportunities are rooted in solid relationships – which is a two-way street (get and give back)
#2 – Find your passion Truly understand what makes you tick and gets you jazzed to get up everyday.
#1 – Make It Happen! Create a plan and go after it - Life (and work) isn’t easy, but have the determination to Make It Happen!
Twitter Top Tips I asked my twitter network for some tips and here are a handful of responses: @lamiki – “It’s all who you know and never stop networking” @shelbyhealy – “Never, EVER burn a bridge and cut yourself off at two drinks at corporate functions!” @The_Optimist – “Be present in whatever you choose to do” @remarkmarketing – “Think big and map the steps to get there. Take no B.S. Have Fun. Be Passionate”
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