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  Climbing the Proverbial Career Ladder: Network Your Way to the Top
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Aug, 2014
Want to advance to the next level? Networking can help you do just that! How networking can help you…. 1. Be seen as an integral part of the company. 2. Become well known within your industry. 3. Be seen as a subject matter expert. 4. Expand your network. 5. Keep your network alive. If you’re serious about your career and want to move up to the next level, networking can hel...
 
  Network to Keep Your Work!
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Aug, 2014
Increase your visibility up, down, and across your current organization. Networking can help you…. 1. Be seen as an integral part of the company. 2. Become known as a subject matter expert. 3. Expand your network. 4. Keep your network alive. While some may reserve networking for times when they’re in a job search, others are continually working to build and maintain their n...
 
  Jump Start Your Job Search through Networking
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jul, 2014
Networking can help you…. 1. Get the word out that you are in a job search. 2. Gain advice about your job search techniques. 3. Uncover job leads in the “hidden job market.” 4. Get referrals to other individuals or organizations that you’re targeting. 5. Learn more about specific positions, fields, or industries. 6. Gather information about specific companies. 7. Expand your network...
 
  Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Apr, 2014
Earlier this week I delivered a presentation at a Twin-Cities based job transition group. My presentation was titled, "Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search." It's critically important to have a well-crafted, targeted two-minute pitch, aka your elevator pitch to use during your job search. You'll use your Two-Minute Pitch, coined by the Five O'Clock Club, during networking situations and in job interviews...
 
  Top 5 Strategies for Moving Ahead
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Apr, 2014
Are you looking for a promotion, but not getting anywhere? Try the strategies below to help you get up the next rung on the proverbial career ladder: 1. Find out what's going on and become part of it. What are the major trends affecting your industry, your organization, and your field? Join associations that relate to your field and industry to help you keep up with the changes in your company or job. 2. Manage your in...
 
  Getting Clear on Your Job Targets
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Mar, 2014
Are you in a job search? What type of work are you seeking? The more focused your job target(s), the more effective your job search and the easier it will be for others to help you. I've worked with many clients who aren't clear on what position(s) they would like to pursue or fear they will limit themselves if they narrow their focus. Actually, the opposite happens. Clearly identifying what position or function you want, t...
 
  Target your job search & get results!
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2014
Are you in a job search? What jobs are you targeting? If you say any of the following, you need to gain more clarity: 1) I'm open. I'll take anything. 2) I don't care what industry I work in. 3) I don't want to limit myself. A lot of job seekers worry when asked, "What positions and industries are you targeting? They're afraid that if they are too specific they will limit their opportunities. Actually, the opposite hap...
 
  A Growth Mindset Can Increase Career Options for Females
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2014
Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? How about others you encounter, whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or career coach? Have you noticed if some are more open to trying new things than others? What is a fixed mindset? According to Stanford University psychologist and author Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset occurs an individual believes intelligence is a fixed trait and are therefore more likely to avoid c...
 
  Staying Marketable Through Networking
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Being and staying marketable is important for every careerist today. What are your career goals and what steps can you take to get a job, keep a job, or move up? One of the most important keys to success for careerists today is to build and maintain your network. It's vital for job seekers, folks that want to advance, and even those who want to keep your job. It's easy for job seekers to sit behind your computer all day...
 
  Determining Your Ideal Work Environment
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
How satisfied are in your current job? If you were to rate your satisfaction level on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being high, where do you see yourself? Get clear on where there may be some gaps in your current job. Take a look at the following list of questions in different categories and jot down your thoughts: Physical surroundings/location: Are you in an office or are you moving from one place to another? I...
 
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