Job hunting can be tough. Partly because there’s often a power differential – you’re competing against other applicants for a single job, and the employer gets to choose.
There’s nothing glamorous about a person’s early career. Seriously, I worked at McDonalds for 7 years – it remains my longest gig ever. No matter what fancy school you went to, most people end up in a couple of bad or boring jobs when they’re just out of college. You’re not alone.
It’s not weakness. It’s a strength.
We’ve all made mistakes. Whether that’s saying something insensitive, forgetting an appointment, or failing to put your dishes in the office dishwasher, screwing up is inevitable from time to time.
A Practical Guide in 5 Easy Steps
Why is it that so many women want professional mentors, but only a handful actually have one? It may be as simple as knowing how to ask: I hear from women frequently that they don’t know how to approach asking for a mentor.
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You’ve graduated! The parties are done, your mortarboard is retired…what’s next?
What I’ve learned about finding your way as a high-achiever
This advice is shared by BrightCrowd member Sara Muchoney
Why helpfulness should be the real measure of success.
Networking isn’t necessarily about scoring a sexy new job (or a cubicle with a window). It’s about being human, and helping people out. It’s just basic decency in the professional sphere.
BrightCrowd has always been about the human side of networking. It’s a no-judgement zone where you can get career advice, or offer your expertise. BrightCrowd is, quite simply, a community of professionals helping each other get ahead.
One of the best ways to move a stagnant job search forward is to request an informational interview. If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, prepare to have your mind blown.
The professional world can feel harsh these days. Ambiguous emails and curt Slack messages abound (to say nothing of the opaque, impersonal online job application process).
Everybody feels it.
Imposter syndrome can be a beast. At the beginning of the school year I got an email from an incoming freshman at Stanford, who was suffering from a classic case. She had decided to pursue a Computer Science major, but was feeling afraid of approaching professors and research groups to ask for work.
We’re asked pretty frequently why Gmail data is the thing that makes BrightCrowd tick. The first (and maybe most obvious) is that it saves you a ton of time.
What makes networking painless? It’s simple. Be kind.
When people ask me what BrightCrowd’s all about, I tell them this (more or less):
All the helpful people you actually know and care about.
Think for a second - how many people do you know well enough that you would help them if they asked? It’s probably quite a few!
Your community’s wisdom can help you overcome challenges.
Sometimes life can seem like an endless string of problems. If you’ve ever been laid off, endured a breakup, struggled in school - or all 3 at once! - you’ll know what I mean.
Building quality connections with micro-consults
When I think of the heyday of professional networking, I go all the way back to the Stone Age.
Say what you will do, not what you’ve done
I think we can all agree that job searching is no fun. It’s demoralizing to scour job boards, put hours into each application, and still…crickets. I’ve been there before, and recently I chatted with another member of the BrightCrowd community who was in that very spot.
Make it an experience, not a transaction
It can be tough to get a person’s attention nowadays. After all, your email is invariably buried in a pile of a hundred unread messages, which are hastily checked (and deleted) in between meetings. Yikes.
It’s about showing up, not showing off
Social media gets a bad rap these days, and it’s not hard to understand why. There’s a platform for every self-promotional purpose, from big career moves to the smoothie you had for breakfast. Scrolling through someone’s “perfect” Instagram feed can feel demoralizing, and the pressure to measure up seems to be growing. We want to break out of the self-promotion arms race. That’s why BrightCrowd was born.