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Posted August 19, 2016 by

Networking isn’t all about you

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How do you handle networking opportunities? Is it a one-way or a two-way street? The mistake you can easily make is that networking is all about you. Because you’re so focused on landing an internship or an entry-level job, no one else seems to matter. Having that perspective is a mistake.

Networking is about communicating with professionals or other job seekers and building relationships with them. If you’re not just talking but taking the time to listen to someone else, you can learn valuable information to benefit your career. Michael Moradian, Executive Director of HonorSociety.org, explains why networking isn’t all about you and offers good networking tips.

“We live in a culture obsessed with personal branding, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The problem occurs when the only thing professionals focus on is themselves. Don’t attend networking events to tell your story alone; focus on listening, as well. After all, networking should be a dialogue, not a monologue.

It all comes down to authenticity. Are you joining professional groups and meeting people to only serve your career and to be the loudest, most talkative person in the room? If so, you will get nowhere fast.

Show a genuine interest in meeting new people, sharing ideas, asking questions, and developing strong relationships. Nobody wants to associate with selfish, egotistical blowhards who try controlling every conversation.

Being authentic also requires gratitude. Many young professionals forget to thank whoever takes time to talk to them. Express how much you appreciate each person’s time and energy. This leaves them with a positive impression of you and solves another common networking mistake, which is failing to follow-up.

Most people assume their contacts will seek them out on their own. Don’t leave it to chance. Instead, be proactive, and connect online and schedule follow ups with a simple email or a request for a lunch meeting. Take charge, be humble, and maintain a level of professionalism.”

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Michael Moradian, Executive Director of HonorSociety.org

Michael Moradian, Executive Director of HonorSociety.org

Michael Moradian is the Executive Director of HonorSociety.org, an honor society that recognizes academic achievement and provides valuable resources and tools to its members. Connect with Michael and HonorSociety.org on Twitter at @HonorSocietyorg.

Posted December 18, 2014 by

5 Tips on Creating a Resume that Will Land You Your Dream Job

Dusty Fox

Dusty Fox

To most of us in the working world, certain jobs attract our attention and stand out from the rest. And when you decide to apply for your dream job, you know that you’re going to have to step up your game. That means taking a cold, hard look at your resume and finding ways you can make it even better. If you’ve got your mind set on a dream-worthy job, whether for an international company or a local business, chances are that the competition is tough. You’ll definitely need to be prepared for an interview and sell yourself to the hiring manager, but first things first–you need to get that interview by impressing them with a winning resume. Here are 5 tips you should follow to whip your resume into shape and land that perfect position: (more…)

Posted October 29, 2014 by

8 Qualities That Make You The “Great White” of Leadership

Great white shark, South Africa

Great white shark, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The workplace today is nothing like how it used to be 10 or 15 years ago. There have been a humongous amount of changes in the market, not to forget the demands at the workplace that have changed drastically as well. One has to handle the complex environment, manage and lead the team in the right direction using different techniques and strategies that were not common before. While there is a variety of leadership qualities and styles, the most successful leaders share some specific traits. Following is a list of 8 highly effective traits that make you stand out as a leader: (more…)

Posted March 28, 2014 by

How To Crack The B-School Interview

Smiling female MBA student holding something

Smiling female MBA student holding something. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Are you currently a aspiring B-school student? Then you must have decided to do an MBA instead of a pgdm. If you have already crossed the first hurdle by sending in your essays, cracked the GMAT scores and created a stellar resume, then now it is time to ace the next important hurdle of the B-school race: the interview. This is crucial part of the admission process and you should pat yourself on the back for having made it this far. However, don’t break out the bubbly just yet. Out of the thousands of interview calls, only a few make it to the actual course; about half.

If you are wondering how to put out your best for the interview, then this is what you should pay attention to. (more…)

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Become an Internship Finder Even as a College Graduate

From personal experience, I can say that this is a good idea.  I was an internship finder after graduating from college, and this experience led to a job.  In the following post, learn how you can find an internship as a college graduate.

Featured: Not Featured I frequently hear from recent grads who didn’t have the opportunity to intern or didn’t understand the importance of internships while they were in college. They graduate and realize that the real world isn’t easy and finding a job isn’t easy. They determine that even though they’ve graduated college – they

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