There is always good advice to be found! I love sharing, so that’s what Summary Sunday is for! I collect some of my favorite pieces others have written and call them out here to make sure you don’t miss them!
Who Needs LinkedIn? 15 Offline Strategies That Work
I challenge every single one of you reading this to put just one of these into practice starting today! There are 15 pieces of advice from YEC (Young Enterpreneur Council). In case you haven’t heard of it before, here ya go:
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons
Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact
Harvard Business Review
Written by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh (follow these guys!)
(1) hiring employees for defined “tours of duty,”
(2) encouraging, even subsidizing, the building of employee networks outside the organization, and
(3) creating active alumni networks that facilitate career-long relationships between employers and former employees
It is my opinion that the authors are not suggesting eliminating “stable” jobs but instead, adding certainty to the term of the job; and with that comes short term stability. Some of their ideas sound quite foreign to those craving the olden days. In many ways, what they are suggesting may sound like a open marriage arrangement. A lot of things have to happen for these ideas to really work. Here are just a few that come to mind:
- We need a better healthcare system (or at least a system everyone has reasonable access to)
- Employers have to stop stifling the entrepreneurial spirit of employees
- Workers of all ages and levels need to embrace the concept of staying connected.
There is no entitlement baked into this. The lackadaisical American workers have to go. We have to get “hungry.” What I mean is that we have to eliminate the mindset that currently exists among tenured teachers, government employees and union workers. No one is “safe” unless they do good work.
We live in a smaller interconnected world today. Staying in contact is easier than ever, at least for those willing to do it!
Tell me what you think? Would you embrace the ideas in the HBR article? Which seem most do-able?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.