Question: What was your favorite job to-date? Now tell me, how did you learn about that job? And how did the hiring manager decide that you were the best candidate?
Did friends, family, former colleagues – any people you know – make a difference in helping you locate and land that satisfying opportunity? I bet you said yes.
Certainly, other factors count. Skill, speed and smarts – even serendipity – can play a role in making a strong career move.
But after a week of #TChat discussions about how to stay ahead of the curve in today’s job environment, I’m reminded that one factor matters most. The key is not how fast or how elegantly you travel along your professional path – it’s how many others you bring along for the ride.
Hint: The Secret Sauce is Social
No matter how rapidly the world of work evolves – desired skills, business environment, job hunting tools – relationships are the common denominator that defines the trajectory of every career. Truth is, connectedness creates powerful career leverage.
How we build and maintain relationships may shift as technologies and customs change. But at the end of the day, relationships matter. They’re the fuel that drives professional momentum. And professional communities like TalentCulture are living proof.
Digital forums may never replace the impact of direct contact. But they create a whole new context for connectedness that the world has never seen. And that can translate into far richer learning, collaboration and professional opportunities for career-minded individuals.
But don’t take my word for it. Look at what experts say…
NOTE: To see specific highlights from yesterday’s “Career Management” #TChat session on Twitter, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.
A special thanks to career management and mentoring expert, Mark Babbitt, Founder and CEO of the popular internship portal and blog, YouTern. His leadership through the week’s #TChat activities kept us all focused, engaged and open to new ways of managing our careers.
TalentCulture Founder, Meghan M. Biro set the stage in her Forbes.com post: “5 Powerful Career Drivers for the Future of Work”
#TChat weekly preview post: “Lose Job? Keep Career!”
Google+ Hangout Video: As a prelude to his appearances later in the week, Mark Babbitt talked with TalentCulture community manager, Tim McDonald, about key challenges in today’s job market.
#TChat Radio Show: Hosts Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman led a lively roundtable discussion about how to find a good job fit in the New Year. The session featured Mark, along with two other career management experts, Miriam Salpeter, Founder of Keppie Careers, and Andy Osburn, CEO of Equals6.com.
#TChat on Twitter: The community returned from the holidays in fine form, ready to share ideas about career management challenges, opportunities and strategies for success. Thanks to everyone who contributed thoughtful input!
Here’s just a taste of the interaction from last night’s #TChat stream…
(For full highlights, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.)
Biggest career management challenges?
There’s no such thing as job security any more, but a good network provides security. @AlliPolin
Learning when to stay, leave or pivot in your career / job is a heavy thought for many people. @CyndyTrivella
What job hunting activities matter most?
Get comfortable with the relentless pursuit of community and meaningful connection. Employed or not. Your next dream job starts here. @SocialSalima
Social media isn’t going to get you hired. The relationships you build there, though, just might. @talemetry
What do employers want most in candidates?
Employers want innovators and collaborators.
Are resumes dead?
Over 80% of resumes are intentionally misleading. 70% of grads say they’ll lie to get a job. Horrendous.
I think work “portfolios” will be more common in some areas. Show me what you accomplished! @Victorio_M
Online/digital tells the story of where we’ve been and where we want to go. It’s 360 degrees, it’s free, it’s here. @SocialSalima
Your personal brand and social media are your 3D resume. @EmilieMeck
Best job search technologies?
I think you answered your own question…..the technology is Search.
Build your community – BEFORE you need it! @susanavello
Whatever the technology – must be used to get face-to-face with hiring manager!
Best tech for finding a job is a handshake and positive attitude! The rest just gets us to the handshake.
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Closing Notes & Highlights Slideshow
NOTE TO BLOGGERS: Did this #TChat session inspire you to write about career management or other “world of work” issues? We’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (include #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll pass it along. There are many voices in this community, with many ideas worth sharing. Let’s capture as many of them as possible.
WHAT’S AHEAD: Next week, we shift our focus to Gratitude and Employee Recognition. Be sure to mark your calendar – first for #TChat Radio, Tuesday, Jan 15, at 7:30pm ET. And then for #TChat Twitter Wednesday, Jan 16, at 7pm ET. Look for a full preview on Monday, January 14 via @TalentCulture and #TChat. Til then, keep rockin the World of Work!
#TChat INSIGHTS Slide Show: “A New Year of Career Management”
LOSE JOB? KEEP CAREER!
Storified by TalentCulture World of Work· Wed, Jan 09 2013 18:26:32