The 1-2-3 of Finding a Mentor

Building a relationship with a reliable mentor is crucial to your success. When approaching someone to aid in your professional development keep the following in mind to ensure a productive relationship:       1.  Identify which aspects of your professional life you would like to further develop. Your mentor should possess expertise in your areas of weakness so that...

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Making Connections: Volunteer for Success

Volunteering or sitting on a non-profit board is a great way to make a difference in your community. It is also an excellent way to build meaningful relationships with people in and out of your workplace. Fundraisers or large projects especially provide opportunity to build strong relationship because everyone is working toward a common goal.   Oftentimes your workplace will provide volunteer...

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Communication Between Generations

Understanding your own communication style is crucial to recognizing how others perceive your messages and making improvements. The NEXT for Women community consists primarily of Gen X and Gen Yers. Begin by identifying yourself with one of the following groups: Gen X – born 1965-1981 : Gen Xers are born between Boomers and Gen Yers. They easily relate to both...

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Negotiating Nirvana – Steps to Earning A Raise

Many of us were taught that there are three things we should avoid discussing: politics, religion, and money. Most of us listened. According to Forbes because women often avoid negotiating salaries, they are “sacrificing more than half a million dollars by the end of their professional lives.” Ensure that all of your hard work is rewarded by following these steps...

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Make Contact – Stay Relevant

You have heard us say it before – making new contacts is crucial to your success whether you plan on remaining in the same job or seeking out a new one.  The initial connection is important, but meaningless if you don’t stay in touch. Follow up within 24 hours of the initial meeting. •       A handwritten note is best, but...

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You get the job, then what?!

In every job there are possibilities for advancement, you just need to know how to recognize them and then get the most out of them. In most workplace settings, there are two forms of development opportunities, those provided by your employer and those you create for yourself. Opportunities for development provided by employers can include: •       Subsidizing the cost of...

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Writing Your Way to Success

What does it mean to be an “effective communicator”? Effectively communicating determines how you are viewed by your colleagues and friends. Since the business world relies heavily on email, your written skills should be polished and professional. Follow these tips to sharpen your written communication: Limit sentences to 17 words or less. A journalism professor once taught me to “keep...

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Nexter Interview: Carrie Cline

Meet Carrie – She’s accomplished, well-rounded, and eager to excel in her career. Carrie currently works as an attorney specializing in estate planning.  She pursued a legal career after working as an English teacher for several years. Carrie’s busy but between having two dogs, yoga classes, and volunteering for two non-profits, she tries to find time to spend with her...

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Ways to Request and Get a Face-to-Face Meeting

By Cindy Alvarez (Head of Products and Customer Development, KISSmetrics)   True or false? If you’re asking a favor of someone, it’s best to give them plenty of freedom in terms of how and when they do it. I mean, it seems awfully presumptuous to not only ask for a favor, but also to ask that it be done in...

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Ask The Wrong Question, Get Meaningless Answers

By Chris Shipley (Co-Founder, Guidewire Group) Oy. My head is about to explode. I’m at an event listening to a panel that had such wonderful potential. I suppose it was inevitable, though, that an audience member would ask that question that makes my eyes roll like an exasperated teenager: “Why are there so few women in tech?” For some seemingly...

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10 Skills New Grads Must Have to Work at Startups

By Alicia Morga (Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post) Soon, another wave of eager college graduates will hit the shores of companies everywhere. The best and the brightest will find jobs at startups. Well, actually, I don’t know if they are the best and the brightest, but when it comes to working at startups, you pretty much have to be.  ...

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