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Go ahead, skip that networking event

Networking provides opportunities for personal and professional growth. And the more diverse your network, the more opportunities you'll have. Yet despite the advice to attend as many relevant networking events as possible, many of us still avoid them. And it isn't just the introverts among us who find them uncomfortable. Most of us default to our comfort zone and fail to maximise our time at these events, says David Burkus. Here, he shares why networking events are doomed to failure "by their v...
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How to get your first 100,000 followers on LinkedIn

Since its early days as an online resume and job-listing site, LinkedIn has evolved to become an essential personal branding tool. As the world's largest professional network, being active on LinkedIn is one of the best ways to reach a global audience, publish your ideas, advertise your skills, and build your credibility as a professional. Glenn Leibowitz starting publishing his first articles when LinkedIn extended its blogging platform from a few influencers to the wider membership four years ...
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Should freelancers ever work for free?

Freelancers are often approached with requests to do some pro bono work on the basis that it's an opportunity to gain publicity and will lead to paid work in the future. Although a particular job may prove to be an invaluable addition to your portfolio, exposure isn't going to pay your bills. And although you may occasionally meet someone who lands a lucrative contract after doing some free work, such claims rarely live up to their promise. While there are no simple answers w...
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How to be an effective leader (a step-by-step guide to upgrade your leadership skills)

While inherited traits can play a role in predicting who is more likely to occupy a leadership role, becoming an effective leader mostly depends on developing the necessary skills. There are multiple leadership styles and understanding the basic traits of each style can help you identify the skills you need to develop to become the leader you want to be. The one essential trait for great leadership is the desire to seek out opportunities for learning new skills, says Leon Ho. With this in mind, ...
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How MBA students make the most of LinkedIn

As the world's largest social network for professionals, LinkedIn is a powerful tool for professionals to gain attention from the companies they want to work for and a critical part of any recruitment strategy. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date isn't just for job seekers, however. As a platform for sharing knowledge, skills and advice, the more active you are on LinkedIn the more you can expand your network and build your personal brand. To help you maximise your LinkedIn presence, Janina...
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Forget run-of-the-mill networking -- here's how to make real meaningful professional connections

The structure of your network can be a strong predictor of career success. While a closed network limits your opportunities for professional growth, an open network helps you create value for others and access a wider pool of potential resources and mentors. A more diverse network also exposes you to new ideas and information, a broader range of perspectives and fresh opportunities to market your skills or services. Being aware of these crucial benefits doesn't make expanding your network any le...
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How to say no when you feel you can only say yes

Learning to set boundaries is important for healthy business and personal relationships. While agreeing to something you don't really want to do can sometimes benefit your career, reputation, or professional growth, it isn't healthy if you say yes only to avoid feeling bad about saying no. If you're always trying to keep other people happy to the detriment of your own needs and goals, you may become resentful. And while saying no can be uncomfortable, it's better to be uncomfortable than it is t...
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7 counterintuitive networking hacks you probably aren’t using

A diligent approach to networking is invaluable for helping you achieve your business or career goals. For those who enjoy socializing and find it easy to make conversation with people they've just met, networking comes naturally. Those who dread introductions and making small talk however, find networking daunting and uncomfortable. Networking doesn't always mean having to attend events, present an elevator pitch and collect business cards, however. After all, it isn't about collecting people; ...
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