Category Archives: Networking skills

How to Ask Someone to be Your Mentor – Dos and Donts

I am republishing this article with new content as my learning on how to ask someone to be your¬†mentor has evolved. ūüôā ¬†Hope you will find it useful. We all need formal and informal mentors to help us grow and learn. ¬†¬†Young professionals have more of a need for formal mentors. ¬† Seasoned professionals needs…

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Career Success – When Is the Best Time to Network

Many of us only remember to start networking when we hate¬†our current job or when we are between jobs. ¬†Unfortunately that is the worst time to start networking. ¬†You can come across Negative – ¬†If you are hating your job. ¬†It’s inevitably you will complain about it while networking. No one likes to be around…

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How to Network Effectively – A Simple Framework to Take Action

When I wrote about¬†How to Network without Using Small Talk¬†, I received a lot of email responses and interest. ¬†I am not surprised to hear that most found networking uncomfortable. ¬†I am glad to hear these networking articles are making it a little less intimidating. ¬† I wanted to continue on this journey with you…

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Farewell Letter to Coworkers – A Great Example

It’s never easy to say farewell to a company and a team. ¬† However, this will happen many times in your career, as most of us have at least 7 different jobs until we retire.¬†¬†While many farewell letters to coworkers are fairly standard and boring, it may serve you to take some time to craft…

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5 Success Tips for College Graduates – What I Wish I Knew

Just graduated from college? ¬† Congratulations and welcome to the workforce! ¬†Do these words excite you or scare you to death? ¬†If you are anything like me when I graduated from college, it‚Äôs probably both. Transitioning from college to work can be a huge change. ¬†It’s okay to feel exhilarated and nervous.¬†I still remember how…

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How to Network with Senior Executives – 5 Tips

I consider myself to be fairly competent at networking. ¬†Even so, I still got intimidated when I thought¬†about¬†how to network with senior executives at¬†my company. ¬† I probably experienced some of the same self-doubt you have gone¬†through: Why would they want to build a relationship with me? ¬†I don’t work with them day to day…

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A Necessary Skill For Every Senior Executive

What skill does every senior executive has in common? Is it an MBA? ¬†No. ¬†You do not need an MBA to succeed! Is it an ability to achieve¬†financial results? ¬†maybe. ¬†Achieving measurable results can always help, but this article is not about that Is it ability to present well? Not always. ¬†Not all executive are…

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How to Keep Your Job During Massive Layoffs

Are you worried about keeping your job?¬†Is your company announcing layoffs? ¬†If so, you need to listen to the recording below. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce a new Executive Author, Helena Light, to our site. ¬†Helena has been a friend and neighbor of mine for the last 10+ years. ¬†She is also¬†the Partner…

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Networking – How to Find the Next Career Opportunity

Last week, Sarah, a fellow Wharton classmate, asked me this question: “How do I find my next career opportunity if I am a generalist? ¬†Do I need to figure out what function I want to specialize in first?.” ¬†Here is the background of Sarah’s story. Sarah loves working with people and she has worked in…

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Mid Career Change – 4 Tips on How to Do it

Making a mid career change, a career change around the age of 40 or 45, is a courageous decision. It is possible for anyone in their mid-life to do this, as long as they understand the trade-offs involved. Below is a great question I received from a reader who is considering a mid career change,…

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Soft Skills – How Nadia Handled Her Sudden Layoff

Being laid off is inevitable. ¬†Almost everyone will experience it once in their career. ¬†It is how you handle the layoff that will determine your career progression afterwards. ¬†This is why it is so important to listen to this candid conversation I had with one of our Executive Authors, Nadia Drew. In this 15 minute…

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How to Return to My Old Employer

Q: I was wondering what may be the best way to approach acknowledging to a previous employer, that you made a mistake leaving your previous job. A year ago, I left a well paying consulting position with a large technology company to pursue another job. Unfortunately, the new job has not met my expectations and I now regret my decision to leave my previous employer.

Before leaving my previous employer, my director offered me another position that he thought would suit my skills, in order to keep me in the company. However, this position was not yet defined and thus I decided to leave. Now, a year later, I regret this decision and should have been more patient and pursued this opportunity.

Do you think it’s worth while contacting this director or should I¬†just forget about this? Curious to hear what you think.

Maikel

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Maikel, thanks for your question. ¬†The short answer is absolutely contact the director. ¬†What do you have to lose? ¬†Just because you left an employer doesn’t mean they don’t want you back. ¬†And it sounded like you left on good terms. ¬†They may no longer have the same open position as an year ago, but it will always help your chances if you proactively reconnect with this director and tell him or her you are interested in returning. ¬†

The best way to contact this director is by email. ¬†This way it gives you a chance to craft your message. ¬† Approach him or her honestly. ¬†Tell him or her what you told me and ask to see if there are any opportunities currently. ¬† Also be persistent. ¬†If you don’t hear back from the first email, follow up with another email or on Linkedin. ¬†Sometimes emails goes into SPAM by accident and people are busy. ¬†It is your job to make the effort to follow up if you want to reconnect successfully with an old employer.

At the end of the day, even if he or she doesn’t have anything right away, you at least reconnected so this director can keep you in mind for future openings. ¬†¬† Here are two articles with real life stories that can also help you. ¬†

Best wishes and let me know how it goes.

Lei
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Example of Networking Emails that Worked

Since I have written a few networking emails in the last few months, I wanted to share these examples with you to help you with your networking efforts. ¬† Below are two examples, each with a different networking purpose. Example 1: Existing contact – asking for help (scoop on a company X) Context: This person…

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Secret to Networking Well – Follow 1 Simple Rule

Business networking is essential to your job success as well as during any of your job search. For job seekers, we all know that the best job openings are those that we can find through our network before it hits the open market. ¬†So the stronger your network the more likely you will come across…

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How to Network without Using Small Talk – 5 Tips

Most people agree that networking is critical to business and career success.¬† You can find unadvertised job openings and business partners through your network. ¬†Knowing networking is important is one thing, knowing how to do it is another.¬† ¬†This may be in part due to stereotypes about networking.¬† A recent conversation I had with a…

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