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Successful Career Advancement Skills Webinar

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Career Advancement Skills Webinar

Successful on-boarding in a new job and subsequent career advancement don't just "happen." The better you understand how to avoid the pitfalls in getting off on the right foot during the beginning of your tenure at a new company the better position you will be in to create and optimize the opportunities this new job may offer you in advancing your career. This Career Advancement Skills Webinar will help you discover practical advice in adding value to your new employer right out of the gate, and building relationships that will impact your success in your new role.

This video is from the Proformative webinar "Successful On-Boarding and Career Advancement Skills" held on January 11, 2013.  The webinar features a presentation from Moshe Kravitz, Certified Career Coach, Five O'Clock Club.


Career Advancement Skills Webinar


Moshe: As an introduction to our topic today of successful onboarding and career advancement, I'd like to tell you the story of Nancy.

It was the first semester of nursing school and the professor handed out the first quiz for the semester. Nancy, the bright and diligent student that she was, breezed through the first nine questions, but she was stumped by question ten. Question ten said, "Please write down the name, first name and last name, of the lady who cleans up this nursing school facility." Nancy had seen the lady a number of times, but had no clue as to her name. One of the other students raised their hand and asked the professor, "Is this question for real? Does it count?" The professor, a wise and insightful educator, smiled and said, "Indeed...indeed this question counts. And the lesson for you to learn from this question is that in the course of your career you will meet and work with many people. Keep in mind that all of them deserve your attention and respect." This lesson made a deep impression on Nancy and the other nursing students and I hope it will make a deep impression on us that will foster our successful onboarding and
our career advancement.

With that point in mind, let's ask now a person who just got his offer. He just accepted his offer. He's really excited. What should be the first thing to do after accepting the offer? You could jot down one or two things. First thing that you would do upon accepting an offer. A hint is that at the top of this slide we see that this section of the presentation is called Maintain Your Network. What can we do with this point to maintain a network? Of course, to be in touch with our networking and contacts.

Every individual who has reached this point of a new job offer probably interacted with some networking contacts. Few, many, this is the point not to abandon them, not to forget about them, but to be in touch with them for several reasons. And if this were interactive and live and in person, I'd ask people to raise their hands and offer why. Why be in touch with their working contacts? Here we'll offer two reasons. If you have any more perchance you can share them at the Q and A. One reason is, out of decency.
Show appreciation. Show thanks for the effort, the time, the thought, the care which these networking contacts had and shared with you.

And one of the best ways to show your gratitude, show your appreciation, is to let them know how they helped, how their input was instrumental to getting you to this position. Let them share in enjoying the fruits of the success of your endeavors. Another reason to share and contact your networking contacts, unfortunately, is that we need these days to keep this network that we worked to build we need to keep it going because statistics show us that the average job holder holds his job for four years. Granted, it's an average. Meaning that some two years, some eight years or twelve years, but for most people it's unfortunately not a question of if you will be working for another job, rather when. So we spent effort building a network. It takes less effort to maintain that network rather than if or when we need it to go build it again from scratch.

At this point, we plan what steps we could do both to maintain and to grow the network. Here are a few ideas. Now maintaining the network means to be in touch with our networking contacts on some kind of a regular basis. Every four weeks, every eight weeks, every quarter, but being in touch with them but not in a way to annoy them, rather in a way which is friendly which is perceived as adding value. You don't want to be a nuisance.

To accomplish that, you could share some information you came across which you know might interest them either speaking to their professional interests or their personal interests. Perhaps engage them with some challenge which is confronting you in your business. If it's a person who would be interested to work together, interested to address that challenge with you, or perhaps share a solution, if it's not proprietary, share a solution that you may be interested in. And a plain sincere greeting always
goes a long way and is always well received. Especially either seasonal occasions to offer a greeting or what more natural point in time to be in touch than the time of accepting a new position. If nothing else you'd like to update your networking people with your contact information.

And while doing so, you can update them also to the fact that you will now be meeting and working with many, many new people. You're experience will expand and you'll have a broader range of assets, human capital, expertise to be able to offer to your networking contacts and the challenges that you face also will expand and there'll be other areas which you might be turning for help to your networking contacts. So these are some ways to help maintain the network and realize that networking is not a binary function, "You know of an opening for me, yes or no?" Rather it's a continuous function. These are some ways to make it a continuous function.

Now, how to grow the network. As we mentioned, lots of new contacts coming your way, lots of new challenges, and opportunities, and needs for networking. You can't do continuous, functioning networking with everybody you meet, not enough time and energy, so be selective, and choose those people with whom you share a mutual  understanding. Perhaps mutual needs and mutual goals and with those selective individuals try to begin to build out and increase your network.

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Ernie: Okay, great. Thank you, Moshe. At this point we're going to go ahead and launch our first polling question. I hope it fits well with the content. So as Moshe mentioned, given today's job market and career path, it is very important that you actually grow and maintain that network. So the first polling question is going to be around the audience of your current tenure at your current job so we can bring this point home. We'll share the results with you if we don't get a chance to today, we'll be sharing those with you on Just a quick note, for those of you in the audience who are after CPE credits, you'll have to answer each and every polling question. That being said, we would appreciate everyone's consideration in answering the polling question. As we will share the results, as I mentioned on or we may just get a chance to have Moshe comment on these later on in the presentation.

So we'll go ahead and give this another 3 seconds or so we don't interrupt the flow of our Career Advancement Skills Webinar too much. As far as the career paths are
concerned, I think it was just maybe ten years or so it seemed like people would stay in their jobs ten years or longer, and I think the most recent statistic that I've seen, maybe, Moshe. you can update me on this, I think the average number of different jobs that people had in their career is eight, and it's probably on the rise so having these skills that Moshe is driving us through today are very, very important to making sure that you keep your career moving forward. As he said, it's not a matter of if you're going to transition, it's just going to be a matter of when. So I'll just go ahead and give us a couple more seconds and then I'll go ahead and close that poll, and I'll turn it back over to Moshe.

Moshe, just left click and you can take control back. Okay,

Ernie just to add to your comments. You mentioned about eight different positions. It's not only different jobs, but it's even different industries. And it could be the next industry that a person may find themselves working in or the one after that does not even yet exist today. That's how fast things are changing. Okay, the section we just completed before the polling session was called Maintain Your Network.

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