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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!

What Books Should I Read in 2011?

One of my goals in 2011 was to read less, but somehow I am reading more! January hasn’t yet finished, but I’ve already read almost 10 books (I did take an unexpected trip so I read some on travel time). After not really loving what I read, I am in a book rut. While I have a list of 70+ books on my nook eBook wish list, none are jumping out at me as the “Next Read.”

I am taking a tip from my Twitter and Brazen Careerist colleague Jessica Malnik who listed 26 books she wants to read in 2011 (she has a great blog so you check out her other content, too). I am not that organized to think that far ahead, but here are 15 I’ve picked out as considerations. Any recommendations on what I should pick next? What I should add or subtract?

(Reminder: I am a Barnes and Noble Affiliate and if you buy a book by clicking to it from my website, I get a small commission. I also have a list of books I’ve already read and highly recommend that you can view).

Non-Fiction List:

1. They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World by Alexandra Levit. I’ve had this book on the shelf for a while (it’s not available as an eBook) and would like to finally read it and decide whether I should  recommend it to clients.

2. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin. I’m a huge fan of Linchpin. I read half of The Dip for free at Barnes and Noble in their cafe and loved it. I haven’t bought it because the eBook is more expensive than the hardcover and more expensive than most eBooks I’d buy. I am not sure how that pricing happens?  As someone who does much of her reading on the subway and is anti-clutter, I don’t want to read hard covers for any reason so I placed this on hold. Since I’ve felt like I’m in The Dip more frequently, I should probably just purchase and finish for insight.

3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Recommended by lots of people and loved the free preview. Seems similar to a lot of other books I’ve read so have put off committing to reading it, but maybe it’s time?

4. How to Be a Grown Up: The Ten Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know by Stacy Kaiser. I want to read this book for client research and for my own benefit.  It may not be reassuring to some that a coach wants to read a book about how to be a grown-up. I like how Kaiser talks about choice as freedom. It’s a concept that I think we all needed to be taught or reminded, no matter what our age or profession is.
5. The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roa. I’m intrigued by this book. I am naturally inclined to draw messy pictures when I am talking about things and am wondering if this book will help me to do this more efficiently and effectively.

6. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim. I have conversations with my fellow coaches about competition quite often. Most of us don’t feel like we are competing with each other as much as we’re competing with our potential client’s desire to spend money on material goods. I still think this book could help me rethink my marketing strategies.

7. Free Agent Nation: the Future of Working for Yourself by Daniel Pink. I love myself some Daniel Pink. Drive rocked.

8. A great book on education. No ideas here, people. Any recommendations?

9. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly.  Every productivity or career development book I read mentions this book. It’s probably time to visit the source. Another book where the eBook is priced higher than the hard copy. AGH.

Fiction List:

I try to read a fun fiction book for every two learning or non-fiction books.

10. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler. Not only do I love Chelsea Handler, someone gave it to me as a gift and it’s been sitting on my book shelf for six months. The only thing that has stopped me from reading it is that I’d have to carry it around.

11-13. The Millenium Trilogy. I am probably the last person on the planet that hasn’t read these books. I’ve been terrified that once I start, I won’t be able to put them down and I’ll lose a week of my life. (BTW- gave these as a Christmas gift to my mom. Is it bad form to ask to borrow them when she’s done?)

14. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. This book was passed around the Fire Island house during the summer of 2009. Maybe it’s time I dig in.

15. Room by Emma Donoghue. Great reviews and seems like a great book.

Feedback highly welcome!

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Entering the World of Reverb 2010: My Word is Learn

Last week I joined a campaign of over 3,000 bloggers who are participating in Reverb10, “an online initiative for people to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next.” I read about it on Gretchen Rubin’s blog for The Happiness Project (great book, go buy it!) and kept seeing the ever present #reverb10 hashtag on Twitter so I made my way over to the website to find out more about it.

The inspiring people behind Reverb10 have set up 31 reflection prompts for December with that day’s prompt emailed to you daily. You don’t have to do them in order and since I started late, I have been trying to figure out which ones to tackle first or at all. I thought this would generally be easy for me because I have so many “hopey coachy changey” (sorry Sarah, I think it’s a compliment) things up my sleeve, but it has been much harder than I thought. The writers at Reverb10 do not play. Each topic has sub prompts and they require more thought and reflection than almost any self-improvement activity I’ve participated in this year! So I’ve decided to start at the beginning and keep it simple.

December 1 – One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell)

And so my word is Learn. Some of you who know me personally may be surprised that it is not a more active word like “change” or “implement” because of the things I have done this year, but the last 12 months has truly been about learning, especially after a 2009 where I grappled with loss and being stuck in a place I didn’t like, literally and metaphysically. Learning was the next step in my journey and in 2010, Learning happened in countless ways. Learning what I actually wanted to accomplish in life. Learning how to start again. Learning that I am stronger than I thought. Learning how to deal with disappointments and failure. Learning how to do all the things I’ve posted on big chart paper on the walls of my home office. Learning how much my friends care about my happiness. Learning that I can make new friends.

In 2011, I would like my word to be Living. Not that I don’t think Learning is key, but I am ready for the next step and that to me is Living. I want to be Living the things I have on the paper on my wall, including the other one with all the personal things I want (but am not feeling up to blasting online!). I want to be Living the intentions of my business all the time. I want to be Living strong, peacefully, and fully.

What do you think? What are your words?

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