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Intention and Inspiration

Happy Monday! We hope you had a great weekend and are refreshed and ready for a great week ahead. Our intention with these Monday posts is not only to share with you what’s going on in our world…but to expose you to a new perspective and some inspiration for you to carry for your week.

This week’s Musical Musing is inspired by Lesson 11 of our Avoid a Cruel Summer eCourse and will hopefully inspire you to try something new this week….

Lesson 11: Learn. Interesting. Stuff. (A Sneak Peek)

Okay, so do you really make an effort to learn new things? Do you have a favorite source that actually teaches you something new on a regular basis? This is especially important if you are unemployed, underemployed, or planning out your attack for making your dream career come true. Or… if you are in the first or second year of owning your own business… (you get the idea).

Part of what keeps us motivated to Do More Great Work (a fantastic book, by the way) is the stimulation of learning new things. How do you respond to these new ideas? Do you agree or disagree? Can exploring these new and interesting things enrich your social network or your world in general somehow? This truly has the potential to be your secret sauce. (Tracy and I speak from experience on this one!)

We’re not just talking about your career and learning things that will help you with your economic game. We’re talking about the happiness factor, too.

And the eCourse Lesson doesn’t stop there.

When was the last time you challenged yourself to learn something new?

Let us know your favorite sources to learn something new in the comments!

Musical Musing of the Week

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzx_78KExwQ&feature=plcp

 

Quick note: There is EXACTLY one week left to apply for our Scholarship Contest. We have FIVE scholarships to give away, and we can’t wait to see who we’re going to get to work with this year, so don’t pass up this opportunity to explore your greatest self!

 

 

Careers 101: Tweet Your Way to Success

Hopefully you received our invite to the #YPNYC Young Professional Tweetup we’re co-hosting with Julia Moon of Job vs. Career next Tuesday, October 18th. (If not, you should sign up for our mailing list). If you’ve been following my activities at all over the last year, you know I love Tweetups! I think they are a perfect example of harnessing the impact of social media to create and improve real-life relationships.

Join our Tweetup on 10.18

While there will be a number of people at the #YNPNYC Tweetup who are serious Twitter users, many will be new and slightly older than the typical “young professional” age bracket so don’t be intimidated if you’re unsure about coming. I’ll be there to not only help facilitate, but provide career coaching tips on maximizing Twitter for anyone who wants them. Here are some quick pieces of advice I have to get started on your own.

Tip 1- Follow: One of the best aspects of Twitter is that you can get access to experts and content for free. Lots of bloggers have created lists of people they recommend following on Twitter in various industries- search for them on Google and then start following. I have been featured on a few and my favorite has been YouTern’s The 50 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers Must Follow. I met the YouTern team on Twitter about a year ago through a few RTs (see Tip 2) and now- even though we live on opposite coasts- I’ve had coffee and meals with CEO Mark Babbitt three times and consider him a trusted colleague and advisor. Twitter is a great introduction to people you might never meet otherwise.

Tip 2- Engage: There are many ways to engage with people in Twitter. The easiest is to retweet (RT) something someone else wrote to your followers. Sharing is a great way to say thank you and start a conversation. You can also reply to people’s questions or just send someone a public tweet whether or not they follow you back. Every night, I look through my Twitter feed for people who found jobs or had other huge wins so I can send them a congratulations tweet, even if I don’t know them beyond 1 or 2 brief interactions. Compassion rocks. I met young professional and music industry guru Cate Louie on Twitter well over a year ago when we shared some tweets about job searching and organization. About 6 months ago, I had a really bad day (prob worst of all of 2011) and made a cryptic tweet about it. After following me for some time, Cate knew I loved Glee and tweeted me a link to a video from the show with a smile. A month later, I got to meet her at a conference by chance and we hugged. It’s one of my favorite Twitter moments.

Tip 3- Socialize: Socialize is a little different than engaging in that it means talking with others in a community setting, like at a Twitter chat. There are Twitter chats about all sorts of topics. One of my lessons in the free summer e-Course I offered this summer talked about how important it is to include Twitter chats in your career management plan. Feel free to read that stand-alone lesson for tips on participating in Twitter chats. For our Tweetup, we’ll be using the #YPNYC hashtag to create our own community. Everyone is free to use it, including those who won’t be at the Tweetup.

Finally, here are five of my favorite articles about Twitter I’ve collected over the last year that can help you get started.

– How 3 Tiny Tweets Got My First BIG Client

– Mind Your Business: Why You’re a Fool if You Don’t Use Twitter

– 4 Twitter Tips for College Students Seeking a Career (good for all ages, really)

– Twitter: 15 Ways to Stay Interesting

– Using Twitter for Work 

Look forward to speaking with you on Twitter and possibly at our event on the 18th!

Where I Hired My Team

This week, I am writing a quick blog series on how I hired my team for a client project this summer. I thought it would provide an interesting perspective to job seekers on what actually happens when a small business seeks to construct a team. Less than 3% of U.S. companies have over 500 employees so the small business mindset is important to many job searches. Again, this is my experience, not just my opinionated advice.

My intent is to keep this blog series as dead simple as possible. Today, I want to point out what the sources were for my hires, meaning where I first met my team or came to know of them. As you’ll see, I relied on my network to fill my positions because trust was important to me, and as an experienced recruiter, I subconsciously spend a lot of time cultivating a network of talented people for moments like this. It never occurred to me to post any of the jobs on sites because I knew if I looked in the right places, I had perfect people within two degrees of myself.

Over the course of the project, I worked with 11 other people, almost all part-time and all hired in June or July 2011. Nine were excellent and two of the eleven were replaced by other hires- one didn’t like freelancing and the other one was asked to leave, but I’ll count them in here.  So where and when did I first meet these people?

Two hires originated from Twitter chats (fall 2010 and spring 2011).

Two hires were former co-workers (2005 and 2010). One I found when I posted on Facebook that I was hiring and a mutual former co-worker informed me the hire was considering freelancing. A second I found when I poured through my LinkedIn network and found out that she had made the move to independent consulting.

– One hire was recommended by a former direct report who saw my post about hiring on Facebook (summer 2011).

– One hire I first met at a live Brazen Careerist networking event (fall 2010).

– One hire was recommended through someone I worked on projects with and originally met on Brazen Careerist (spring 2011).

– One hire I had found on Google as a direct competitor (spring 2010) but developed a close relationship once we started talking on Brazen Careerist (spring 2011).

– One hire I met in a women’s entrepreneurship group that we both hated (summer 2010). I thought of her when I was looking at my LinkedIn network for good partners and talent. (Interestingly, the team member in the bullet above was also in that same group but we didn’t know her.)

One hire was referred to me by my college mentor for an internship at my old company and came to work with me at The Opportunities Project as an intern and then operations and marketing consultant (summer 2010).

-One hire I met through a book club I once managed and have worked with over and over again on professional projects since we met (2004).

 

It shouldn’t have to be said, but I’ve spent my life working in recruitment and was not just going to hire anyone for the biggest project of my career (more on why I selected people on Thursday). Are you still surprised with how I staffed my team? My guess is that instinctually many of you would say no, but it’s likely not aligned with how you might be trying to find your own next opportunity. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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AERA 11 Recap: Is Your Educational Organization Agile?

Two weeks ago, I participated in a panel at the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New Orleans. This was my fourth AERA event and my first as a panelist. AERA is generally a conference I’ve attended because I’ve *had to* go as a doctoral student at New York University. I enjoyed it more this year than I have in the past, but AERA is still not where my personal and professional tribes hang out. I’m okay with that understanding, but it’s still good to step outside your comfort zone to expand your learning opportunities when possible.

My panel discussed research on the direction of teacher preparation. As a panelist, I discussed my role as a gatekeeper and a consumer of teacher applicants based on my work as the Director of Teacher Recruitment at the New York City Department of Education. Basically, my perspective is that different types of certification programs can fight among themselves over theories on how to prepare teachers. All that matters is that new teachers can demonstrate they are ready for the classroom when they meet a recruiter or principal and then deliver on that promise. With a decreasing need for teachers right now, it’s important that colleges don’t lose sight of this.

Here is information on my fellow panelists’ work and my presentation on SlideShare.

Pathways Toward the Future: The Promise of Innovative Teacher Education and Preservice Preparation Programs.

Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education

Chair: Angus Shiva Mungal, New York University – Steinhardt

Presentations

-“Pathways Toward the Future: The Promise of Innovative Teacher Education and Preservice Preparation Programs.” Angus Shiva Mungal, New York University – Steinhardt

-“Reimagining Teacher Preparation: Apprenticing Effective Math and Science Teachers in an Urban Teacher Residency”-  Emily J. Klein, Montclair State University; Monica Taylor, Montclair State University; Cynthia S. Onore, Montclair State University

-“School Districts and Empirical Evidence: The Reflection on and Improvement of Teacher Recruitment, Selection, and Hiring Practices.” Tracy L. Brisson, New York University

-“Establishing a Unique University and School Support Organization Collaborative Urban Teacher Residency Program.” Ron Woo, Hunter College- CUNY

Discussants: James W. Fraser, New York University

While my colleagues were presenting, I took some notes on themes that I found interesting.

– In creating and implementing their teacher residency programs, Ron and Emily have been able to accomplish a tremendous amount through collaboration, but recruitment is still a problem. This interests me as a recruitment professional. Is there something special that must be sold about the benefits of residency programs compared to traditional and alternative certification tracks?

– As part of his dissertation, Angus is interviewing faculty at traditional education schools about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with alternative certification programs. He is finding some seriously good stuff (didn’t you know that seriously good stuff is an official academic term?). One thing that surprised me is the level of unresolved conflict that these professors feel. They generally think that alternative certification programs have great qualities… and they think alternative certification candidates make great teachers… but they still don’t want these programs around. It makes sense on some levels.

– As the discussant, Dr. Fraser asked me for my thoughts on how we could work better together- employers and preparers. My answer was that it’s about agility. The world is rapidly changing everywhere and schools are no exception. As public schools’ needs change quickly, we need institutions to change just as fast and give us the high quality teachers we need. If the largest percentage of students your college accepted after 2009 are studying to be certified as elementary teachers, you have a problem with your business model. In fact, your programs may be the first casualties once the higher education bubble bursts.

Outside of education implications, there are some career lessons from AERA, too. One, I learned that the panel was conceived when Angus and Emily randomly sat next to each other on a plane in 2010 and discussed how they were both doing research on teacher education. When was the last time you networked with someone when you were traveling, standing in line or something else mundane? Do it next time because things happen!

TweetupSecond, because I knew that I would have trouble meeting people at a large event where I felt like a fish out of water, I engaged on Twitter for the two weeks leading up the conference using the official hashtag #AERA2011. About three of us organized a Tweetup of about ten people at the Sheraton (see pic). On one side, it’s a little bothersome that less than 1% of the conference would be using Twitter. However, it made it intimate and we had real discussions. But here is the real kicker. I have stalked a certain professor at AERA for four years. He wrote a paper that I have marked up, highlighted, and annotated to death because I think it is genius. I’ve never been able to get close enough to talk to him because he’s always surrounded by people. Wouldn’t you know that he was one of the ten people who came to the Tweetup?!? I was able to speak to him for 20 interrupted minutes about my new dissertation concept and get amazing feedback! You’ve heard it from me before and you’ll hear it again. Never. Underestimate. The. Power. Of. Social. Media.

 

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You Don’t Need to Be Batman to Join Forces with a Robin: Guest Post from Brett Kunsch

I am happy to feature a guest post from my colleague, Brett Kunsch of Millennial Coach. Don’t forget about our Make the Change You Want networking event on Tuesday, April 19th.


One of the most famous partnerships in pop culture is the Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin. The two caped crusaders crucially helped each other with their one big goal: keep the crime way down in Gotham City. We resonate with Batman and Robin because we like a good team with a worthy cause. And we like them because they have a fierce level of commitment to their partnership. Your goal may not be as ambitious, nor as risky to your life. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a partner to help you out with your mission, and them with theirs. But how do you find a partner in the real world? Forming a “dynamic duo” probably sounds far-fetched, if not cheesy. And to a lot of us, trusting part of our goal’s outcome with a partner seems downright scary. Yet the research shows, many of us experience greater success when we hold each other accountable to making things happen. There’s no exact science to soliciting partnerships, but the one thing you absolutely must do is interact with people and have your goals be known. To take it further, find people who’d be within your goal’s category.

Here are some potential categories:

  • Jobseekers/Career-changers
  • Marathoners/Triathletes
  • Bloggers
  • Language learners
  • Promoters/fundraisers of causes
  • Business builders
  • Superheroes (the non-violent variety)

I know getting out there isn’t everyone’s favorite cup of tea, but if you’ve been having a tough time holding yourself accountable to reaching your target goal, finding a partner might be your secret sauce to make it happen.

_______________________________________________

Brett

Brett Kunsch is the founder of Millennial Coach. To read more about him and his blog posts on partnerships, see Accountability Partner and I Got a Guy.

 

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The Anatomy of an Opportunity: #SLS11

This weekend I participated in the 2011 Social Learning Summit (#SLS11) in Washington, DC. In one word, it was awesome. I learned so much and met so many amazing people. Many will become trusted online friends, some will become intimate offline colleagues, and others will become respected business partners.

When I share resources with clients, or tell friends about new things I am doing, they often ask “How do you find about these things?” I never have a straight answer. A simple answer is networking, but it’s more complex than that. I was thinking of how I became involved with #SLS11 and the story started to peel like an onion, going back to 2008.

Here is the path that took me to moderating a panel at the Social Learning Summit in DC.

1. In 2008, I finished my first year as Director of Teacher Recruitment for the NYC public schools. While I met the initial goals I set for improving the quality of new teacher hires, I realized we had some marketing and sales issues. I did some research on Google and found a NYC based organization called ERE.net Media for recruiters that had a message board. I posted a message asking for guest speakers to come talk to my staff on these topics and someone named Steve Levy (@levyrecruits) replied and offered to come. His talk was very influential on me and I continued to keep in touch with him and seek advice from him as a mentor after the talk. (realizing you don’t know something and asking for help)

2. Things happened in my personal and professional life and I decided to open my business in 2010. When I started The Opportunities Project, one of the first people I reached out to was Steve. In July 2010, we met and he downloaded some ideas for me. One of the things he told me was that once I got my new Twitter account up, I had to actively participate in Twitter chats. In particular, he mentioned #jobhuntchat and #genychat. I wrote it down and highlighted it, even though I had no clue what he was talking about. (building and maintaining relationships, trusting the advice of mentors)

3. In September 2010, I started getting involved in Twitter chats and found I loved them! I began tweeting regularly with #genychat’s founder, Chanelle Schneider (@WriterChanelle) who I think is a fabulous moderator and has interesting takes on social media and generations in the workplace. Whenever I am not doing offline networking, I participate in her chat. (trying something new, sticking with it)

4. In February 2011, I learned about New York’s Social Media Week from someone I met on Twitter and then in person, Alisha Miranda (@makeshiftalisha). I attended a panel on education and social media that was coincidentally hosted by @2tor, an education company founded by people I used to work with at The Princeton Review and have kept in touch with over the years. I was really affected by some of the things I heard and learned and I blogged about it a few times. Some of those entries have been the most trafficked posts I’ve written and the ones that generate the most emails to me. (learning new things, creating value)

5. Also in February 2011, I went to Washington, DC for the Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit, a program I have stayed active in as an alumna. I knew that Chanelle lived in the DC area so I asked her if she could meet for coffee. We did and we talked about how my thoughts on social learning were evolving. She said she thought I might be a great fit for a conference she was involved with and would let me know. I followed up with her in March 2011 to learn more. (following-up)

6. In April 2011, I attended the Social Learning Summit and moderated the SAFE TEXT panel. (new opportunity) I am going to follow-up with everyone I met and see what happens next- for me and if there are ways I can pay it forward for them.

Somewhat of a boring and linear story, I know, but an important one for people who feel stuck or don’t know where to go next in their job search. We often want a quick fix and want interactions with people to be transactional, but It’s the small things and the long-tail that matters. Where are the opportunities in your own life where you could build relationships, ask for help, try something new and create value TODAY?

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Using LinkedIn InMap Metrics to Assess Your Network

Thanks to everyone who came to last night’s LinkedIn workshop. Everyone learned a lot in the very comfy couches at McAnns- I am sure the Pinot Grigio helped! One of the topics we discussed last night was connections. Here are some thoughts and helpful hints.

Why Your Connections Matter

Here are some important things to think about when reviewing the status of your LinkedIn connections.

First, are you connected to everyone you should be? As job seekers or professionals who want to position yourselves for new opportunities, your network is one of your greatest assets. While you talk with many people outside social media, connecting with them on LinkedIn can add a richness to your professional relationship. You can see what they are working on and what their priorities are, which you would only know if you spoke to that person every day. By having this information, you can easily add more value to your relationship by sharing relevant information or connecting them to others who could help with their current projects.

Second, do you use “offline” rules when deciding who you connect with on LinkedIn? That means that if you would feel comfortable communicating with a specific person at a cocktail party (for example, an executive at your company), you should feel comfortable requesting to add them to your network. If you would never speak to someone in that type of situation, it’s probably not a good idea to ask the CEO to join your LinkedIn network. When emailing someone to connect, always ask yourself, “What would I do offline?”

Third, for many industries and companies, influence matters. If you have less than 100 LinkedIn connections, how are you going to be a brand ambassador in your new job? While this does not mean you should add people to LinkedIn for the sake of increasing a number, it’s important to ask yourself if your current number of connections is an accurate representation of what you want other people to perceive about your professional network.

Assessing Your Network with LinkedIn InMaps

One of the great ways to assess your network is to use a new feature in LinkedIn Labs called InMaps. The InMaps application will create a colorful map of all of your LinkedIn connections and how they connect to each other. Connections with large dots are “super-connectors”- they are connected to many people, and in many cases, a number of people also connected to you. Below is my InMap, which I ran on January 30th and again on February 28th. I was fascinated to see how my network has changed and evolved in just a month. It has also given me a sense of some specific actions to take in my networking activity. Here is how I assessed my February 28 map of 390 connections and hopefully it can give you some ideas of how you could do the same.

 

LinkedIn InMap

1. I like how the map visualizes my trajectory as an entrepreneur. The red (Office of Teacher Recruitment and close supporters), green (other NYC Department of Education staff), and dark orange (Teach for America) clusters on the left are my base and are launching me toward the other parts of my life that I am growing, represented by my Fast Trac Entrepreneurship fellowship program network (cluster in pink) all the way to the right. By March 30th, I’d like to start to see the volume of dots on my map sway more to the right.

2. I had no idea how big my Teach for America alumni network was on LinkedIn. I should really communicate with those people more since we’re all committed to improving education. We should be mutually helping each other and I don’t feel like we do that enough.

3. The green cluster is my network from when I was Director of Project Management at The Princeton Review’s K-12 division. I left the company six years ago, but am still close with most of those people. That being said, I am not sure if they all know about what I am doing these days and I should look at that cluster. I am also not sure if I know about their current projects.

4. The light orange cluster is very small, but all people I have met through Twitter chats since September. I think it’s interesting that even though it’s just a few people, LinkedIn has found them to be influential. When I reflect on how those relationships have evolved over the last five months, that makes sense. I want to see that group expanded in the next month as those people have become my new tribe.

6. The light blue cluster are people from my sorority Alpha Gamma Delta. I write often that college was a transformative time for me, but I have very few people from college or grad school in my LinkedIn network. This floored me. I speak to people from my college days all the time, but socially. If one of them was searching for a job, I would hope they think of me as a professional who could help them and not just a friend. I would like to see where I can make this base more substantial in my LinkedIn network.

7. All of the gray dots are people who LinkedIn can’t associate with a group. They include people in education reform who are not DOE or TFA, recruiters, coaches, clients and others. Over time, I’d like to see some of these dots become visual clusters, especially the recruiter group. I was actually surprised that the recruiters weren’t their own group, but the map helped me see how disparate those connections are. Growing these clusters may take a few months as I network and do more coaching. For the recruiter relationships, I will also pay attention to the big dots on the map as those people can help me network and meet more people.  I’d also like to see clients visually represented, but since they don’t know each other, I am not sure if that is a realistic goal.

Too often, we focus on what’s on our profile on LinkedIn, but not the other aspects of it, like our network. Can you commit to downloading your LinkedIn map every month and making a plan to improve your professional relationships? Let me know in the comments. Also, check back on my progress on my new network goals at the end of March!

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Cocktails and Careers Event and Networking 101

We’re bringing our popular Cocktails and Careers Networking Events back! We’re having our first event Wednesday, February 23 at 7PM at The Copper Door Tavern at 272 Third Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street. All are welcome- job seekers, people who want to meet new and interesting people, and those who are open to giving some career advice. As of now we have three recruiters tentatively lined up, too.

The event is free, but we ask that you order at least one drink and tip well to thank The Copper Door Tavern for graciously hosting us. We’ll also pool a few dollars together for appetizers. Please RSVP for the event via Eventbrite. The event is sponsored by TweetMyJobs and I’ll have information on them at the event.

On the Brazen Careerist Networking Roulette event this week, many people revealed that they are nervous about networking because they feel that they have little to offer, especially when they are in job seeking mode. Every one of you has something to offer and don’t forget that!

So to get prepared for the event on Wednesday, here is some Networking 101 Advice.

1. Bring business cards.

Job seekers often ask if they should have business cards printed and my answer is “Absolutely!” How do you expect people to know how to contact you in the future? When you’re going to a networking event, your goal is to meet people who are going to become part of your network for a long time so you should always prepare  with that in mind.

We’ve been talking the Teach for America 20 Year Anniversary Summit this week on the blog, and I found attendees to be unskilled at networking, especially with business cards. Be prepared!

2. Get your elevator pitch ready.

Read my blog post on developing great elevator pitches. Don’t be afraid to have a call to action and be strong about it. Everyone has asked for help from other people and they remember. Some will also be excited to pay it forward to you.

3. Make a list of what you have to offer.

In addition the skills you have to offer to potential employers, you also have other things to offer every other person at the event, too. One is your ability to connect them to other people who would be interesting for either business or maybe even personal reasons. Spend some time this weekend reviewing your LinkedIn Connections and what they’re up to these days. If you don’t have a large network, you can also share information. People LOVE information that makes them step back and think, or new tips and tools that they can use in their lives to be more effective or efficient. What are cool, interesting, and helpful things that you read in the last month or so? What are some interesting magazines, articles, or blogs that you could read this weekend?

With the right preparation and attitude, everyone can be a great networker.

See you on Wednesday!

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Event Reminder: Brazen Careerist Event Tonight

Just a reminder that we’re participating in our second free Brazen Careerist Speed Mentoring Event tonight at 8PM ET. We were very excited to see that we were featured in Their Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Career Coach this week!

For information on how Speed Mentoring works, check out our post on the first event.

And while we’re talking reminders, don’t forget about our webinar this Thursday, February 17th at 7PM on 12 Career Assessment Steps for 2011. RSVP for login information.

Have a productive and happy day!

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Career Exploration and Tribes at Social Media Week 2011

I’ve been plugging along on some serious papers and future blog posts on education and the economy. This work has interested and engaged me, butit’s been intense. Luckily, I had some other experiences this week that were as absorbing, but also lightened things up, all courtesy of social networking.

On Wednesday, I had a great conversation over coffee about the potential that coaching has for Millennials with fellow mission-driven coach Brett Kunsch of Kunbre Life Coaching. We first met online through our active participation on Brazen Careerist. In the afternoon, I met with Alisha Miranda, a fearless marketing and events professional who I connected with on Twitter. We co-worked together in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn for about four hours and our co-working included sharing some uninterrupted writing time and bouncing business questions off of each other. Wednesday made me reflect on how much my life has changed over the last year. In February 2010, I worked for one of the largest organizations in the country, but felt disconnected to people. Today, I officially work alone, but feel 100% more connected because I’ve met my “tribe”- like minded people who want to do both good and well, each on their own path. And I’ve met almost all of them first online.

During our co-working, Alisha told me about a panel she was working on for New York Social Media Week, which is taking place next week (February 7 to 11). I’ve had Social Media Week on my calendar the last two years, but never made it to one event. I am not sure how I almost missed the whole thing this year! Thanks to Alisha’s tip, I registered for some specific career and education related events (listed on my News and Events page and all free). One of the things that struck me the most is the sheer number of opportunities to learn and network about different careers in the Social Media Week schedule. In fact, I don’t think I have seen such a tremendous number of intriguing industry centered workshops in my life! Whether you’re interested in fashion, finance, international relations, government, or nutrition, there’s an event for you. And that’s just Monday’s schedule!

In career management, the most important things we offer are our relationships and knowledge. If you’re not an avid user of social media, and aren’t sure you want to be or are afraid of calling a Tweet by the wrong name, it’s okay. But you still should keep an open mind and take advantage of these opportunities. Only a small percentage of us get to live in an awesome city like New York City that has events like this. More importantly, you have no idea who will be sitting next to you and who they know or what you’ll learn. When we talk about social media, many of us think of it as something superficial, like millions of tweens talking about Justin Bieber, or a great force, like what’s happening in Egypt today. We forget that social networking also carries great personal power for individuals, one exchange at a time. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your version of the exchanges I had and the resulting relationships I built this week.

Want to get one-on-one help with social media and your career? Book Tracy for a Career Consulting Session and learn how to use social networking to find opportunities and build social credibility.

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