Holiday Networking

It’s that time of year again. For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's revisit tips on holiday networking. As your calendar fills up (and your shopping list, too), it is tempting to put the pause button on your networking efforts until the new year. You’ll get back out there when you’ve got that 2015 fire in your belly. Besides, isn’t everyone busy around the holidays? You’re wise to recognize that you may need to adjust your networking strategies in December, but you certainly don’t need to … [Read more...]

How Social Media Can Power Your Search

Lets revisit what to remember about social media when on the job search for today's #takemebacktuesday. If you are looking for a great job, here are three important things to keep in mind: 1. Tell your story 2. Keep your story up-to-date 3. Broadcast your story Social Media works for all three.  The people you really want to reach - the hiring managers or the recruiters - are already fully engaged on Social Media. 1. Social media tells your story Your compelling candidacy is already … [Read more...]

Why It’s Good to Be a Good Alumnus

For this week's #takemebacktuesday post, we revisit the impact of being a good alumnus. You probably have the number memorized by now. “Hello, I’m calling from the Alumni Relations Department at your alma mater…” Maybe you get emails and direct mail from your university reminding you where you came from, checking up on you and seeing if you have anything to contribute. It is easy to ignore these calls (especially if you have the number memorized!). You no longer attend this institution and … [Read more...]

Go Digital With Good-Doing

Today we revisit the importance of incorporating your charitable endeavors onto your digital footprint. #takemebacktuesday Which philanthropic experiences and volunteer efforts make their way into your online profile? You serve on the board of a local non-profit, there was that volunteer effort you coordinated to mentor students at the nearby middle school- oh, and didn’t you do a Heart Walk a few years ago? Or was it a Hunger Walk… It is crucial to incorporate some, though not all, of … [Read more...]

Know Your Skills

For this week's #takemebacktuesday post, lets review the best practices for showcasing your skills. There is a reason they say, “the proof is in the pudding,” not “the proof is in the pudding’s degree,” or “the proof is in the pudding’s references.” Though these things are factors, at the end of the day hiring decisions come down to your abilities. Have you convinced the hiring manager that you possess the hard and soft skills to carry out the function of the role? How can you sell and … [Read more...]

A Primer on Networking

Lets revisit these best practices of networking for today's #takemebacktuesday post. Many positions don’t make it to job boards. Even fewer are advertised these days. As a result, networking is imperative for an effective job search. And it’s a good idea to practice even when you’re not actively looking. Here are some basic steps to plan your networking activity. 1. Figure out how you’re going to keep a record of your network, how you’re going to add to it and how you’re going to use it … [Read more...]

References, Part Two: The Nuts and Bolts

Last week we continued #takemebacktuesday and reviewed who and how to ask for references. This week will focus on The Nuts and Bolts. What exactly is being checked in a reference check? I compared notes with the rest of our Chaloner team and there is a shared rhythm we tend to follow for these conversations. We identified some fundamental things we hope to learn from a good reference. Getting Down to the Details The reference has information that no other part of the hiring process can … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Young Women in Digital’s “Digital Savvy” Event

I had a wonderful time serving as a panelist at Young Women in Digital's "How to Show Off Your Digital Savvy" event last week. YWD has grown to over 1,000 members as well as a team of seven administrators including a social media director, event coordinator, blog director, and founder Melanie Cohn who led the event. Attendees ranged from students to professionals with ten years of experience. The group of attendees were impressive: smart driven young women who truly engage in conversation and … [Read more...]

A Networking Event Q&A with Christine Santeusanio

This week’s blog is written by Chaloner’s Christine Santeusanio. Christine is in her tenth year with Chaloner, in the Boston office. She has led various searches for both PR and integrated agencies as well as corporate communications positions. Christine is involved with the PRSA, Young Women in Digital, Boston Women Communicators and the Boston Irish Business Association. After last week's blog post about networking opportunities in Boston, I wanted to speak to what actually happens at … [Read more...]

A Boston Networking Sampler

This week’s blog is written by Chaloner’s Christine Santeusanio. Christine is in her tenth year with Chaloner, in the Boston office. She has led various searches for both PR and integrated agencies as well as corporate communications positions. Christine is involved with the PRSA, Young Women in Digital, Boston Women Communicators and the Boston Irish Business Association. I’m excited to participate in next week’s roundtable at Young Women in Digital’s event, “How to Show Off Your Digital … [Read more...]