How to Improve and Manage Your Work Reputation

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

A Harvard Business Review study found that 58% of people trust a complete stranger more than their own boss. If you’re in a leadership position, this is a poignant statistic to consider. Does your team trust you?
Trustworthiness is just one of the many positive qualities that you hope your fellow employees say you have. If you want to progress in your career, it pays to reflect on your current reputation and how you can improve or maintain it. Follow this guide to develop your work reputation and become someone everyone wants to work with.
Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone can own and admit to their mistakes. By taking responsibility for your mistakes, you earn respect and trust of those around you. It also allows you to focus on the problem and how to resolve it. This develops your reputation as someone who has maturity, confidence, and professionalism. It also improves your work performance by resolving problems faster and developing stronger processes.
Avoid Complaining
No matter how tired or frustrated you are, avoiding complaining in front of your team. This creates a toxic atmosphere by spreading negativity. Those who are viewed as negative do not have the best professional reputations.
If you find yourself complaining, focus on redirecting your efforts. Change the conversation to be about resolving the problem you want to complain about.
Follow Up
All too often, people make a promise to follow up, and they never do. Make yourself stand out by following up with people. There are two ways you can do this. The first is to follow up with someone when you promise you’ll get back to them. This could be to provide an answer to an unresolved question or check in on the status of an ongoing project. The other is to check in with professional contacts. Most people only reach out to their network when they need something. But this portrays you as someone who uses people. Change this by checking in with your professional network and ask how they’re doing. This develops your reputation as someone who is genuinely interested and cares about others.
Make the Extra Effort
There’s a line of thinking among employees that says you should only do the bare minimum. You’re only getting paid for specific tasks, so why do more than what you’re getting paid for?
This approach will not make you stand out or develop your professional reputation. Instead, look for ways you can go above and beyond. Sometimes this means finding a solution to a problem without being asked. Other times it could be staying late to help a colleague meet a tight deadline. It could even be something small, like sending a thank you note or flowers to a colleague who is experiencing a significant life event.
Pay Attention to Your Body Language
Sometimes it isn’t what you say that influences how others view you. Focus on your body language to ensure you’re sending the right unspoken signals. Show that you are actively listening and engaged by maintaining eye contact with the person you’re communicating with.
Have good posture to convey confidence and authority. This makes you seem more likable and makes people more willing to follow you as a leader.
Don’t be afraid to smile genuinely. This projects positivity and friendliness. Be careful, though; people are surprisingly good at detecting fake smiles. If yours are perceived as fake, this will make you look fake and deceptive.
Develop Your Work Reputation
Sometimes it can help to work with an outside party to develop your professional skills. You could work with a career coach to identify areas where you can develop and grow. This lets you improve and maintain your professional reputation.

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Accelerate Your Career with a Top Recruiter

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

If you want to grow in your career, sometimes you need to venture beyond your current employer. This means entering the job search market. As you move higher up the ladder, you’ll find that these positions are harder to find independently. Companies tend to use trusted sources and networking to find top talent. That means you need to attract recruiters instead of searching through job listings. This guide will show you how to attract the right recruiters for the industry and position you want to be in.
Know Your Goal
This is not the time to be a jack of all trades. Know what you want to do and what your strengths are and focus on those. Remember, you can either do a few things very well or many things mediocre. You want a recruiter and future company to understand what you can bring to the table.
Focus your resume and online profiles to use the same keywords as your goal job title and position. This makes you a better fit and look like the ideal candidate.
Become More Public
In this day and age, we all understand the importance of privacy settings on our social media and other online profiles. However, locking down your professional profiles can hinder your career efforts.
Consider making your profile more public that it’s searchable beyond the immediate platform. Websites like LinkedIn let you make your profile searchable on Google. If you’re concerned about privacy, you can make individual sections visible to public searches.
Give Yourself an Action Job Title
Did you know that the headline is the most crucial part of your LinkedIn profile? It’s the most searched part. Unfortunately, most people waste this opportunity to be found by putting their actual job title. Most actual job titles are not descriptive or intuitive as to what the person actually does.
Try changing yours to be more engaging with someone who would be searching for candidates. Think about what search terms someone would use to find someone like you. Instead of being “Director”, you could be a Sales Director, Operations Director, Administrative Services Director, or Marketing Director.
Prioritize Skills and Endorsements
Look for ways you can have previous employers and clients endorse your skills. It’s significantly more powerful to have others sing your praises than to boast about them yourself. This gives your professional profile and experiences an air of legitimacy.
Don’t underestimate the importance of your skillset. Be honest and detailed about your level of experience with tasks, technology, and processes. This gives the recruiter a better understanding of your experience and how you’ll fit into a new position.
This old fashioned tool is still relevant today. Whether you’re doing it in person or through online methods, don’t underestimate the power of networking. You never know who someone knows who can connect you with a top recruiter. This is your chance to find out about someone else’s experience with a particular recruiter and how they assisted in an important career move.
On this same note, be mindful about who you form connections with. You want to create positive and uplifting connections. Look for people that you can provide a benefit to and who can then provide you with one in return. This creates a mutually beneficial and growth encouraging relationship.
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Are You a Modern Leader?

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

Traditionally, a strong leader was someone who would take and command power and control. It was someone who would sit at the head of a company and issue directives to be fulfilled by those below them. Times are changing, and with it, the way corporations are run.
An effective new style of leadership in modern business requires you to understand that command and control are a way of the past. Successful leaders today need to effectively communicate direction while also remaining companionable and compassionate.
This engages the team and encourages them to grow personally within their own positions. The overall effect is an inspired team that follows an example of collaboration, innovation, and acceptance.

Start With a Clear Vision
Consumers are more educated than ever and appreciate businesses that are willing to help them learn. As the leader, you need to be able to cut through the noise and focus on what will contribute to the company’s end goal of serving the customer.
Focus your efforts on achieving the main goal. Trust in your team and let go of control of the day to day tasks. This encourages innovative thinking and problem-solving.

Greater development comes from collaboration. Your company cannot truly be successful when each team and individual work in a vacuum. By encouraging collaboration, you allow employees to build on each other’s work for an overall stronger and better outcome.

Get Comfortable with Conflict
Not everyone will agree with everyone all of the time, and that’s ok. As the leader, it’s your job to be comfortable with this conflict and mediate to find a compromise acceptable to all parties. This is when a clear vision becomes essential as it helps you align conflicting parties towards the common goal.
Plan for conflict by understanding that interdepartmental collaboration tends to come with a certain level of conflict. This is because each department approaches the overall goal from their department’s point of view. It can be challenging for employees to step outside of their duties to understand the problem from another’s perspective.
As the leader, it’s your responsibility to minimize animosity and encourage understanding. When you lead by example, you can be a conductor of change. This will help mold the corporate culture to be one of understanding and communication.

Culturally Aware
As a leader, it’s important to understand that you’ll communicate and lead people from various backgrounds. Don’t let your personal bias influence who you lead. This could include controversial topics like race, religion, and nationality. But it can also pertain to things like hairstyle and color, tattoos, or personal habits and quirks of your team members.
Focus your analysis of an employee’s quality on their performance at work and not on your personal bias. This encourages the development of your most talented employees, no matter what walk of life they come from.

Nothing sinks a corporate ship faster than confusion and inconsistency. While it’s important to be agile, this shouldn’t apply to the overall goal or your leadership style.
If the goal continually changes, then employees won’t know how to prioritize their work or what they’re working towards. If your management style changes, you breed insecurity and paranoia.

Embrace a New Style of Leadership
It takes time and effort to develop your management style into a new style of leadership that blends with modern corporate culture. One way you can develop your style is by speaking with other leaders. This allows you to see working examples of implementing modern leadership approaches.

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How Mindfulness Is Changing The Corporate World

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

Google, General Mills, Aetna, and Target have already jumped on the mindfulness trend. Are you familiar with corporate mindfulness and its emphasis on slowing down to focus on the present? Extensive research on the topic of mindfulness and its benefits is convincing executives and managers to adopt this new-age approach to corporate culture.

What Is the Mindfulness Approach?
Encouraging mindfulness and a management approach involves helping employees to slow down. The goal is to focus on the present task at hand in order to reduce chaos and improve productivity. As a leader, you support reflection, thoughtfulness, and openness.

How Does Corporate Mindfulness Benefit Your Business?
When employees take the time to refocus their minds and attention, they become more productive. Practicing mindfulness allows them to direct all of their focus onto the task at hand. By eliminating attempts to multitask, an employee’s finished work product is of higher quality.
As a leader, being mindful means you take the time to consider all of your options and potential outcomes. This results in better decision making.

Improved Employee Wellness
Many companies that adopt mindfulness programs see a significant drop in stress levels among employees. This reduced stress results in a happier and calmer environment. On a corporate level, embracing mindfulness reduces the number of sick days employees take.
But mindfulness can do more than reduce stress. There are several benefits you’ll experience when regularly practicing mindfulness:
-Reduced inclination to interpret uncertainty as a threat
-Improved mental agility
-Improved short-term memory
-Ability to perform complex cognitive tasks
-Reduced mental wandering and distractibility

Company Longevity
Constant turnover is the death of any company. Recruiting, hiring, and training are expensive. If your company is constantly in this cycle, you will have a large draw on your overall bottom line. Additionally, it’s impossible to be productive when working towards long term goals when the team is continuously changing.
By creating a culture where mindfulness is encouraged, you create a more positive, caring, and open environment. Employees feel lower stress levels and perceive the company as caring about them. These qualities can help to encourage employee retention.
With higher employee retention, you have the opportunity to build stronger interpersonal relationships. Your recruiting, hiring, and training costs are reduced, which improves your bottom line. Finally, you’re able to be more productive at achieving short and long term goals.

How Companies are Implementing Mindfulness
While it’s helpful to look at how other companies incorporate mindfulness, for it to truly be a success, the program you implement needs to be customized. The program you implement needs to make sense and naturally incorporate it into your business. It can help to start with a pilot program.
Start from the top down with leadership training on mindfulness. This will encourage executive-level support. Then you could expand the program to include meditation training or mindfulness coaching for all employees.
To make your corporate mindfulness program a success, you’ll need to garner support. You’ll have to address those who are resistant to change, stuck in their ways, or doubtful of the new program. But by encouraging people to embrace the unknown, you’re already well on your way to incorporating mindfulness into your corporate culture.

Try Corporate Mindfulness Today
Whether you’re ready to try mindfulness in your company or are still unsure of its benefits, it can help to start with yourself. By practicing mindfulness for yourself, you can experience the benefits and get a better understanding of this new way of thinking.
It can help to speak with someone to help guide you on your path to mindfulness. Our coaching and networking services allow you to speak with others and learn about their experience with mindfulness.

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What Type of Leader Are You? Try These Strategies of Great CEOs

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

How does someone become a great leader? Are you born with the right qualities, or can you learn the skills to effectively lead?
Being a great leader is about more than having a single set of ideal skills. It’s about knowing yourself and those you’re leading. This list of the best leadership strategies will help you understand the strategies used by the world’s top CEOs.
With the right leadership, you can help ensure long term success for you, your employees, and the company.

Achievement Oriented
Leaders that are achievement-oriented like to set goals and then work towards them. They encourage those around and under them to grow and improve. This type of leadership is successful because it clearly aligns everyone within the company to work towards a common goal.
Employees who like to have autonomy appreciate this leadership style. They’re encouraged to take self-responsibility to grow and work toward their personal goals while also contributing to the company’s overall goal.
The one potential pitfall of this type of leadership is getting too focused on the here and now. As the leader, you need to look both at the current and overarching long term goals.

Those that show compassion and empathy while striving to remain approachable are supportive leaders. There’s a genuine concern for employees, and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
The benefit of being a supportive leader is that employees feel cared for and valued. This concern garners respect and loyalty.

For a democratic style of leadership, consider being participative. These types of leaders like to include lower-level employees in the decision-making process. This can be wise when you’re looking for varied points of view. It also gives employees a sense of ownership and importance.
As a participative leader, you’ll seek to elevate your employees. You’ll inspire them to work harder because you’ve given them a sense of inclusion in the direction of the company.
To make this style of leadership successful, you’ll need to balance participation with decision making. Ultimately, as the leader, it’s your responsibility to make decisions in a timely manner. Don’t let the operation of the company get bogged down in round tables, meetings, and updates.

Are you the type of leader who loves innovation and has a vision? Then you’re a transformational leader. You’ll find this type of leader is most common in the technology industry, but you can apply it to other businesses.
This type of leadership works because it benefits both the organization and its employees. As a transformational leader, you look to the future of both your company and the industry as a whole. Then use that vision to model and align your mission and business plan.
Employees that are driven by a mission gravitate towards this leadership style. They appreciate a leader who has goals that are bigger than the next new product.
The final leadership style provides a clear structure and direction for employees. You’ll need to be able to provide performance objectives and effectively communicate expectations. This leadership style works best when leading employees in more of a repetitive and task-driven role.
Not all company roles need collaboration, innovation, or achievement. The focus is on getting the daily tasks done. A directive role is effective at ensuring employees perform to standard consistently.

Develop Your Leadership Style
When it comes to developing your leadership style, it needs to feel natural. You cannot force yourself into one of these best leadership strategies that don’t blend well with your personality. You’ll be perceived as not genuine and, therefore, untrustworthy by those you’re trying to lead.

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Lessons Learned from Those Who Serve


By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

There are bosses, and then there are leaders. Which one do you want to be? A boss is focused on gaining personal power and wealth. A leader puts the interest of the entire team first. Through the growth and development of the entire team, you as the leader gain more experience, knowledge, and recognition. People who focus on leading and supporting their team are seen to have more humanity and maintain better long term workplace relationships. This is a positive influence on your entire career.

What Is a Servant Leader?
The concept of being a servant leader arose in the 1970s. The idea is to make those under you more important than your own personal aspirations or the shareholder’s desire for wealth. Through positive support and growth, everyone benefits because the focus is on the betterment of everyone and not on just one person or a small group of people.

Focus on developing humility by being generous and humble. Don’t be afraid to admit your weaknesses. No one is perfect, and just because you’re the leader, doesn’t mean you never make mistakes or have any weaknesses. By admitting fault and weaknesses, you show those under you that it’s ok to make mistakes and makes you relatable.
Focus on giving credit where its due. Give your team credit for their ideas and effort. This will encourage them to speak up and work in the future. People want to be recognized for their efforts.

Everyone has a backstory. Approach everyone with humanity, empathy, and compassion. Understand that everyone has a background that shapes their point of view and perspective. By taking the time to understand someone, you can better identify their needs.
Understanding and getting to know each member of your team will help you to manage them better. It will also help you to find common ground and resolve conflicts.

Too often, corporate leadership thinks communication is relaying information to those they manage. But this is only half of the communication puzzle. As a servant leader, you should do more than effectively communicate at your team.
Develop your listening skills by focusing on your team. Give them 100% of your attention when they’re speaking. This lets them know you value their time, ideas, and employment.
Another important skill is to develop your persuasive speaking skills. This means focusing on speaking in a way that focuses on providing supportive facts and figures rather than commanding action. When your team understands why they’re doing something they’re going to work harder than just being commanded to do something.

Don’t be afraid to look at your own skills objectively. Identify what your strengths and weaknesses are. By knowing where you excel and where you don’t, you can effectively distribute the workload so that everyone’s tasks can get utilized in the best way.
Keep in touch with your emotions and understand what causes you to react emotionally. This will help you identify your emotions and prevent you from reacting with them. As an effective leader, you should make decisions based on logic and reason and not on your emotions. Practice self-discipline and set boundaries for yourself. This will ensure you take care of yourself so you can better take care of the people around you.

Develop Your Servant Leadership Skills
One of the best ways to develop your servant leadership skills is to communicate with fellow career-minded individuals. This will give you the opportunity to practice your persuasive speaking and listening skills. Focus on what others are saying and learning about who they are and their background. You can then apply these skills to your role as a leader.

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Stay Motivated and Focused With These 5 Tips

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

Only 8% of people successfully achieve the goals they set for themselves. Don’t let this discourage you, though. Most people fail because they don’t have the right plan, tools, or skills needed to succeed. Are you ready to set yourself up for success? Then it’s time to learn and apply these five tips.

1. Clearly Define Your Goal
The first thing you need to do is define your goal. How can you stay motivated and focused if you don’t have a clear picture of what you’re working for? Write down a definable goal and the steps you need to take to reach that goal.
Let’s say you want to retire early. This isn’t a clear goal. Saying that you want to retire by 50 is. From there, you can create stepping stone goals of targeted saving, income level increases, promotions, and investment growth.
You now have a clear roadmap for you to follow to reach your end goal.

2. Break It Into Chunks
The human brain likes to find groupings. This is why it’s easier to remember a phone as three groups of numbers instead of one long string of ten. The grouping strategy is effective beyond memory tasks.
If you look at the entirety of your goal, the sheer magnitude of it will become overwhelming. This will drive you to avoid working towards it. Instead, break it up into manageable chunks that your brain can focus on.
Jump-start your progress by making the beginning chunks smaller and have them get progressively bigger. This will give you several “wins” early on. Your motivation will exponentially build so that you can better tackle the larger chunks.

3. Give Yourself Positive Reinforcement
As a manager, you should be familiar with positive reinforcement. Rewarding desired behavior yield better results than punishing undesired behavior. You achieve better results, and morale remains high.
Use this tactic on yourself. Find a small reward that makes you happy. Every time you perform a task towards your goal, let yourself enjoy your reward.

4. Create a Social Support System
People try to use social support to pull themselves along to their goals. This is not the right way to use this tactic. The biggest mistake you can make is to tell your support system your end goal and depend on that person to stop you from slipping up.
Instead, tell your support system the goal for the current chunk you’re working on. This will help you stay focused on the task at hand. Next, only use your support system to validate your wins, and not as a guilt-trip.
Let’s continue with the goal of retiring at 50. Don’t tell your support system this goal. Instead, tell them your goal is to attend two networking events a month. By doing this, you’ll expand your professional network, which helps you move up in your career, increase your salary, and eventually retire early.

5. Plan for the Bumps in the Road
Don’t plan to fail. But you’re human, slip-ups will happen. Create an action plan for when those bumps in the road occur. It should include things like these:
Avoid negative self-talk
Own the slip-up to your support system
Avoid over-analyzing
Recognize repeated slip-ups and do self-reflection to break the pattern
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5 Tips to be a Successful Networker

By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

About 85% of open positions are filled through networking. This means that if you want to move forward with your career, you need to get talking. Networking with other professionals in your industry not only opens you up to new opportunities, but it allows you to become more connected with your current industry.
Being a successful networker isn’t about just knowing a lot of people. Follow these tips to make the most of your next cocktail hour.

Be True to You
Don’t try to portray a false image. People will figure out you’re not authentic, and this will tarnish their impression of you. You will also blend into the crowd of other professionals who display superficial behavior.
Compare this to the trend in marketing we see. Companies that focus on flashy marketing campaigns don’t perform as well as those that strive to be authentic. People want to form real relationships. You can do this in your networking by being a real human being and not a walking advertisement for yourself.

Be Honest and Direct
While you want to be impressive, you also want to be honest. While people may not catch your falsehoods at first, they will eventually. When this happens, your brand is tarnished forever. People will remember your dishonesty and translate that to your professional performance.
You also want to be direct in your networking. Respect people’s time, and they’ll respect yours. Getting to the point is appreciated by business professionals who have numerous demands on their time.

Bring Value
Now that you’ve ditched the cheesy personal sales pitch, it’s time to create a new strategy. Offer the person you’re networking with something of value. Remember, the people you’re networking with are looking to further their own careers.
You don’t have to offer anything significant. Sometimes all it takes is a small piece of advice or a kind gesture. The key to making an impact with your offered value is to not expect anything in return. This small gesture now can lead to exponential dividends over the long term.

Ask Specific Questions
One trick to making yourself memorable is to be engaged and interested in the person you’re speaking with. Show the other person you’re paying attention by asking specific questions. Listen to what they say and form a question directly related to what they’ve said.
Doing this can also help you with the previous tip. Asking specific questions can help you to better understand the other person’s wants and needs. This will help you narrow in on their needs to determine how you can offer value.

Follow Up
You’ve spent time and energy getting to know someone. Show that you care and build on that investment by following up with the people you network with. You don’t have to do anything extravagant; a simple follow up phone call or email will suffice.
When you follow up, express your appreciation for the conversation. Specifically, mention something they said or any value they gave you. It’s also helpful to ask a question. This encourages continued communication and helps develop the relationship.

Become a Successful Networker
The next time you attend a professional event, try putting these tips into practice. Try to be direct and true to yourself. Ask specific questions and learn about the person you’re networking with. Then offer them some value without the expectation of anything in return. The people you’re networking with will appreciate your authenticity and generosity. This will make an impression and make you memorable.

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Master Virtual Networking From Home

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By Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC

It took 24 days for the world total of confirmed Covid-19 cases to double. It took just four days for the total confirmed cases in the United States to double. These numbers drive home just how infectious this virus is and how fast the number of those infected can exponentially grow.
We all want to stay safe during this uncertain time, but we also need to address our responsibilities and care for our families. This means changing our habits and figuring out new ways of doing things. How do you maintain a successful career when you are working from home, and all networking functions have been canceled? We have a few ideas to help you maintain your network while also maintaining a safe distance.

Virtual Cocktail or Coffee Hour
Create a virtual event where you invite other professionals to have a cocktail or coffee with you. Use a group video chat app that allows multiple people to see and talk to each other simultaneously such as:

  • Google Hangouts
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Zoom

Create a theme for your video call that can provide some value to the attendees. It could be a chat to help those working from home for the first time. Or it could be a chat to address how you’ll address a loss in company productivity, financial strains, or employee illness.

Phone and Email
This is the perfect time to follow up on past networking contacts you’ve made. Life and work can get busy, and even with the best of intentions, you may not have followed up with everyone you’ve connected with. Use this time to create a list of people you haven’t connected with recently.
Once you have your list, decide the best way to reach out to each person. Some people may prefer an email, while others may appreciate a quick phone call. Keep the conversation short and express genuine concern for the other person. Don’t forget to offer assistance or aid.

Build Your Online Reputation
Try taking this time to build your reputation online. You could publish articles or answer forum questions. By doing this, you’ll build your reputation within the industry beyond those in your immediate network circle.
Try community websites like Reddit, Quora, or an industry-specific website. Engage in online conversations and develop your thoughts on relevant topics. There are 330 million users on Reddit that are active in over 138,000 communities, so you’re sure to find people to network with. Quora is a question and answer website with 80 million active users who ask and answer 3,000 to 5,000 questions every day.
Write an article or blog post for an industry website. Pick a topic that you’re knowledgeable and passionate about. Make sure that it’s published under your name.

Get Social
Log into your LinkedIn account and start virtual networking with industry professionals. This is another way you can connect with people you have networked with. Consider it a step in building your relationship with important connections.
You’ll also be able to see your second and third level connections. Look through your suggested connections and reach out to people that you may not have had a chance to meet in person.

Virtual Conference
With large gatherings getting canceled, people are getting creative in how they can get a similar experience. This has led to big-name musicians like Coldplay, Keith Urban, and John Legend hosting virtual concerts. Don’t be surprised if others start to follow suit with virtual conferences and other events.
Reach out to the host of an event you were planning to attend. Ask if they will still host the event, but virtually. You could attend a video presentation and then participate by submitting questions or comments through a chat system.

Continue to Network From home
Humans are social creatures, so staying away from each other and isolating ourselves is a challenge. Not only will these virtual networking tips assist you with your career, but they’ll also help you stay positive during this uncertain time.

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A Message from Linda

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To our clients and friends,
With all of today’s health concerns due to COVID-19, we wanted to let you know that our primary concern is the health and safety of our clients, networkers, and colleagues. I am always available remotely for meetings, sessions, and inquiries. Our March and April networking meetings will be held virtually in response to needed safety concerns and I am more than happy to change any in-person meetings to video conferences or telephone calls.
Businesses will push ahead and this health pandemic will pass. I have included a free document for you to download in the hope that it will help shift your mindset in these uncertain times. Virtual interviewing is soon to become the norm and this document will help you with your preparation and presentation for your career campaign. Scroll down to find the free download.

Stay healthy and safe,



If you are ready to sign up for our virtual SERT Meeting, register like you normally do. Linda will send the virtual meeting link to all attendees via email ahead of time. Once you are registered, download this form, fill it out entirely, and send back as a Word Doc to Linda the day before your meeting.


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