Don’t Become a Wallflower…Use Your Sonar!

Have you ever been to a networking meeting and felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of people that are attending and thinking – how I am going to meet the people I NEED to network with?

I have been traveling down to NYC the last couple of months and have been attending the NY Tech Meetup’s which have been awesome. I have loved all the presentations, but there are hundreds of great people to meet and sometimes I don’t know where to begin!

At July’s event I was really impressed with a new start-up called Sonar, which lets you connect your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts and then allows you to see people you’re connected to who are in the same location radius. How COOL is that…. I thought this was an app that I could leverage greatly at every networking event, because usually I go into a networking event filled with new faces to meet. I immediately downloaded this app right then and there!

Since July I have been experimenting with this new way of connecting. With Sonar by my side at networking events, I can go into a room and feel more at ease knowing industries people work in, what they do, and how I’m connected to them. This is a tool that I wish I had over a year ago, right after I graduated from college and jumped right into attending events alone.

Going into an event, for anyone, can be a bit nerve-racking at times. For me, it was a challenge to find the right people within the same industry to target and connect with. For some events if it was possible, I would research who was going and what they did. Great for small gatherings, but at a large event it was like finding a needle in a stack of needles.

The Sonar app can guide my way through a room, and make it easier with just a few clicks to find industry-related people that I can network with in person. It can also be a great conversation starter by letting the person know what friends you have in common.

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When I was at a recent NYU Women in Startups panel, I got a Twitter shout out from another Sonar user, stating that we had 85 similar connections. He was sitting in the same event as me, and looking to network. (Unfortunately my phone has its own mind, and decides which Twitter messages should appear on my home screen!) If I had seen his Twitter response sooner, we would’ve had a great conversation about startups at the panel…We are looking to connect at the next NY Tech Meetup. I’m excited to go into the next meetup and have a connection already introduced, out of a large roomful of 700+ new connections waiting to be found by Sonar.

It’s amazing what technology can do now! Sonar is an app that helps you make introductions to people who are connected to you in all different degrees. Now you have no excuse becoming a wallflower at events! Sonar is a dynamic tool that I’ve used to leverage all of my connections on social media in specific locations looking for new people to network with. How will Sonar build your network?

Post written by Julie Skowronek, Assistant Marketing Manager at Whiting Consulting.

The Entrepreneur Age is Limitless!

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I recently read an article in the NY Times talking about how the job market for teens this summer was limited.

I remember thinking about summer jobs. In my family we had one car growing up. I know that sounds almost crazy in this day and age! That issue, however, created some challenges in my job search. For example, the nearest mall was about 30 miles away (another crazy thought in this day and age; being 30 miles away from a mall!) so working in retail was not an option. But, if I wanted to buy the stuff I needed as a teenager (clothes and music) I needed to find a job. I turned to babysitting. Now that I think back to it I see so many similarities to starting my own business as an adult. I leveraged my parents to reach out to their friends (networking) and started from word of mouth. Pretty soon I had my regular families that I would work for. I also landed a work-study job after school to supplement the babysitting income.

I think this is the perfect time for our teens to go out and create work for themselves. There is plenty of opportunity around our communities; we just need to be a little creative. In our neck of the woods we need kids that would cut the grass or weed gardens. The average price to have your grass cut is about $35/yard. A teenager could charge $20-$25 and get most yards done within 1-2 hours. Kids can make a good hourly wage and then if they do a good job build their network and bring on new clients. There are many opportunities out there: Walking dogs, yard work, painting, etc. The key is to identify the needs within the community and then offer those services. Young families are busier than ever and any chance to get some help is greatly appreciated. Summers are so busy that I know I would love and extra pair of hands around for these odd jobs.

So leverage this opportunity to develop your business skills and get out there and have some fun. The kicker: You will make some money at it too!

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The Importance of Career Nights

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Recently, I volunteered to speak with local students at SUNY Geneseo about how I came to where I am now as a small business owner. To my surprise, many of the students were very curious and enthusiastic about their future job search and the processes involved.

What really caught my attention was that there was a freshman in the room already interested in learning about what is ahead of them! This student realized the importance of learning and researching careers early on in the process, because it is a lengthy one…something that’s not a last minute task!

Starting this process early on can lead to internships throughout the college years, and can also lead to securing a job before graduation! A recent U.S. News article, Brighter Job Outlook for Class of 2011, by Katy Hopkins stated:

“Despite the improving job prospects, the job market remains competitive. Students should be more proactive in their job searches and flexible with short-term career goals, some counselors advise.”

Career nights are a time to network with local employers, which could possibly lead to an internship in the future. Listening carefully during the presentations will help you develop in-depth questions to ask afterward. Be sure to grasp every tip about becoming successful in the business world as soon as you can!

It’s never too early to learn about what’s out there and what the real world has to offer. You might discover a hidden interest or talent that you never knew you had before!

With the slowly increasing number of employers attending career fairs, I encourage all college students of every class level to attend career nights because it’s never too early to start networking!

 

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What I Wish I Knew about the Real World Before I Started Working

What do I wish I knew about the Real World before I started working? As a Brazen Careerist member, I thought I would contribute to the JobSTART101 blog series, where they asked members this same question to answer in their own post. So here are my thoughts…

In my college business program, I learned a lot from my classes by applying myself in team projects that connected to real businesses or people. These projects focused on active student participation and engagement with different activities in the classroom. Professors who gave me team projects where I had to come up an entire marketing campaign was the closest I was going to get to real world similarities in a classroom environment.

Being in the real world for six months now (wow time flies!); I’ve realized the only thing that I didn’t really focus on was how connected everyone is with each other within specific industries. Networks are so vast and reach all corners of the world, confirming that it is a small world after all!

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GenYired: Top Weekly Posts for Gen Y

 This week’s GenYired consists of blog posts for Millennials who are curious of what statistics say about our generation in the workplace, and tips to help Gen Y with their career adventures. Enjoy!

  1. 8 Ways to Dissolve Your Career Fear

    When you want to aim for getting that dream job you always wanted– consider these few steps that can help enhance your search process. It’s best to jump into a job search with a plan of attack, rather than going with the flow. U.S. Money describes how to search for your dream job the right way.

  2. Gen X Driving Social Networking at Work — Not Gen Y, Citrix Online Study Finds

    Gen Y: Do you think that our generation shares more information via texting? This study by Forrester Consulting found the numbers between Gen X, Gen Y, and the Baby Boomers in technology in the workplace. Find out each generations’ thoughts about business meetings- who finds them least efficient?

  3. 36% of College Grads Wish They Had Picked a Different Major

    Are you happy with your college major?  A recent survey found that 1 in 4 people are unsatisfied with their degree and where they are now. More statistics were found whether if people could find a job related to their field.

  4. Gen Y- Rock with Lessons Learned

    These 23 lessons from Skills Coach, Kate Nasser, can help any Millennial grow into a future leader!

    Post written by Julie Skowronek, Marketing Coordinator at Whiting Consulting.

8 Steps to Jump-Start Your Personal Brand

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One of my favorite quotes about personal branding conveys a strong message in simple words:

“Your brand is what people say about you when you leave the room.”

–Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon.com

You should always keep this quote in mind when networking, because it will have a lasting positive effect on the creation of your personal brand. The quote above holds much value to live by for any job seeker, especially within Generation Y.  If you haven’t put much thought into developing your personal brand- think about what are the best things to focus on to get people to say what you want them to about you when you leave the room?

With the brutal competition within the job market, the recent college graduates in Generation Y have more concerns to face in the job hunt…standing out. A recent article written by Dan Schwabel, founder of Student Branding Blog, mentioned that building your brand takes quite some time and early effort to earn results. So what should a Gen Y jobseeker do to build a personal brand with a lasting impression online and offline? Here are a few methods to help get you started in developing your personal brand: Continue reading

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