Sunday, December 9, 2012

4 Great Ways To Network Over The Holidays

You already attend to certain tasks before a holiday party: You RSVP, you decide on a great outfit, and you find a fabulous hostess gift. But this year, may we suggest adding a little conversation prep to your pre-party checklist?

If the word “networking” makes you want to curl up in ball with a bad holiday sweater, here’s the good news: We’re not suggesting small talk for the sake of being polite. Rather, we’re talking about taking advantage of the time you’re spending outside the office with friends, family, colleagues, and clients. Read on for our guide to the most common holiday get-togethers and how to make the most of them for your career.

See the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Simple Ways to Fight the New Job Jitters

Starting a new job is incredibly exciting (translation: incredibly nerve-wracking). Figuring out the ins and outs of your job description is only the tip of the iceberg—organizational culture, new personalities, and an unfamiliar office mean you’re constantly learning new things. And while the adjustment period feels new and different for everyone, some of us struggle with feeling downright overwhelmed.

If this sounds like you (and you have the bitten fingernails to prove it), we’ve gathered four ways to conquer your nerves and take these new experiences in stride.

See the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.