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How Curiosity and Connection Made Me a Believer in Networking

 Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez, Unsplash.com “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”   -Seneca In between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, I joined the custodial crew at a college near my hometown. In a town of 600 people, summer job options are…


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Get Ready for the Future of Work - Today!

Photo Credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters, Unsplash.com What will the future of work look like? How can you ensure you're successfully positioned to evolve as work evolves? Connection with others and focus on social skills will be key to success. According to the World Economic Forum's The Future of…


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Who Will You Thank Today?

 Photo Credit: Jessica Bristow, Unsplash.com This week’s challenge might be the most important one I issue this entire year. It’s simple: Who will you thank today? A couple of years ago, I experienced an overwhelming moment of gratitude and it has shaped how I think about networking and…


Asking for Help Might Start a Mentorship

Photo Credit: Joshua Ness, Unsplash.com How do you feel about asking for favors? If you're like most people, you might not want to impose or assume that people don’t have time for you. Now flip the scenario. What if someone comes to you and asks you for a favor? How often is your response to think…


Who Was Your First Mentor?

 Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniels, Unsplash.com In my previous post, I talked about how asking for help can lead to mentorship. Here's a story about how mentors can come and go in our lives and how they're a crucial piece of our professional and personal journey. As a freshman at Ohio State, I was a…


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Coming and Going: How Do Networking and Connection Play a Role in Landing (And Leaving) Jobs?

Photo Credit: Rawpixel.com, Unsplash.com For this research-based article, I decided to debunk or support two claims I hear frequently about networking and connection. You’ll never need to apply for a job again if you're a good networker. Are the days of the “tap on the shoulder” for your next job…