Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a unique networking event put together by LIST.net and hosted at Marcum, LLP in Melville. The event, “Extraordinary Women in Technology,” focused on what it takes to lead an organization’s Technology team and featured a panel of distinguished business technology leaders.
Like many of life’s endeavors, it takes a certain amount of momentum to really get going. As a college student, my least favorite part of any class was always the beginning. I didn’t have a firm grasp of what was expected and I wasn’t yet in the groove as far as assignments and studying. I always went through a bit of a learning curve to get a feel for expectations though once I had that knowledge, it was generally smooth sailing until the end of the semester.
Though there are a number of key components to a successful job search—networking, research, and hard work immediately come to mind—unfortunately none of them reduces the stress of finding a new position. There is no doubt about it: searching for a job can be stressful.
There’s an old parenting tip that advises catching a child doing something good, instead of bad. It’s based on the premise of using positive reinforcement to change behavior, versus ruling by fear and negativity. Hiring can be a little like that too.
Get your webcam ready – it’s the newest “must have” item in your job search toolkit. Screening prospective hires online saves employers time, distance and money. The Skype interview gives the interviewer a chance to gauge body language, reaction time, communication skills and gain a visual impression for quickly evaluating a candidate and deciding who moves on to the next step and who does not.