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Career Networking Seminar Final

Career Networking Seminar
Putting America Back to Work

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Career Networking Seminar Final

  1. 1. <ul><li>Tom Becker – Senior Vice President, Recruiting </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Partners </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Career Networking Seminar Putting America Back to Work
  2. 2. The game has changed <ul><li>In 1960: the average tenure held with employers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21.9 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In 2008: the average number of years with a current employer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4.1 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What does this mean to you?? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You may change jobs 13 times in your career! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor </li></ul><ul><li>Bureau of Economic Research ( NBER ) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting a job is where it begins, NOT where it ends! <ul><li>Managing your own career is a critical skill </li></ul><ul><li>Two critical aspects of managing your career </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your reputation (your brand) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your network (your delivery) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>must be practiced frequently </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>is about managing relationships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Your brand is about you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Know the risks </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Social networking - (n) <ul><li>“ The use of a website to connect with people who share personal or professional interests, place of origin, education at a particular school, etc.” </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know you have created an effective network? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network comes to you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewing frequently (formally and informally) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are not caught off guard </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What does your network look like? <ul><li>How many people could you know very well? </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar and the “Dunbar number” popularized by Malcomb Gladwell </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Strength of Weak Ties&quot;, American Journal of Sociology 78 (6): 1360-1380, May 1973 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Aggressive growth of social networking sites
  7. 7. Simple techniques <ul><li>One-on-one (networking) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strength of “weak ties” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build your network as it happens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When colleagues/managers move on to other companies or divisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One to many (broadcasting) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your very own personal broadcasting medium </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find and follow the experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ birds of a feather” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Have a balanced approach <ul><li>Create an online presence </li></ul><ul><li>Update/customize your resume & register with job boards </li></ul><ul><li>Create online accounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know what is personal & what is professional </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a “consulting gig” </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your networking skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconnect with past colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek out both formal & informal interviews </li></ul></ul>