It’s Not Who You Know. It’s Who You Get to Know.

May 16, 2017


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Firsthand Staff

This week we give tips to become well-connected, how to land a job when you have no connections, & what things new managers should do when they first get their promotions.

10 companies that will help you pay off your student loans
Business Insider
Get ahead, and get out of debt! Only 4% of organizations offer student-debt repayment assistance, but millennials are the generation with the most student loan debt. They also value student loan benefits more than previous generations. Consider applying to companies like PWC, Aetna, Staples, and Penguin Random House who offer student loan assistance. Good news for new grads: They’re hiring. Read Article»

Fact: No One Is Too Old to Go on Informational Interviews
The MuseAge is just a number. Informational interviews are a powerful tool no matter where you are in your career. They could lead to an insider’s scoop, a possible connection, a different perspective of a role or company, and show fearlessness and proactivity. Read Article»

The Ambition-Marriage Trade-Off Too Many Single Women Face
Harvard Business ReviewResearch suggests that men still prefer female partners who are less professionally ambitious than they are. As a result, single women tend to avoid actions that would further their careers. A recent experiment among MBA students showed that when they expected their male classmates to see their answers, single women portrayed themselves less favorably to the labor market on a job preference questionnaire. Assuming that female MBA students place a higher value on career success, these results could signal an even larger effect of marriage market concerns in other settings. Read Article»

Crafting a Story in the Professional World
Firsthand BlogRommel Del Fierro, a Sigma Nu brother who graduated in 2016 from UCSB, leveraged his fraternity’s alumni network to great results. With little difficulty, Rommel was able to connect with advisor Daniel Kocen, a Sigma Nu alumnus from UC Irvine. Daniel advised him to not just present data in his job applications, but to tell a story using that data. From there, Rommel parlayed this advice into a dream job as a data analyst. Read Article»

4 ways to land a job when you have zero connections
Business InsiderHaving connections matters. We’ve all heard this over and over. Often, connections can make a difference, whether or not you get a job. However, without connections, all is not lost. It’s important to have a plan for your job hunt. Always leverage your personal network, do your homework on the company or interviewer, step out of your comfort zone by cold emailing new contacts, and take the first step by actually applying for the job. Read Article»

How to Become Insanely Well-Connected
First Round ReviewThe best way to be highly influential is to be human to everyone you meet. Everyone dreams of being well-connected, but networking makes many people uncomfortable. Chris Fralic started as a software salesperson at Oracle and networked his way to a prestigious venture capital firm. His advice to becoming well-connected is to show a genuine appreciation for others’ time; listen with intent; admit your weaknesses; offer others unvarnished honesty; openly brainstorm; end conversations optimistically, and not to fake it until you make it. Read Article»

5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First
Harvard Business ReviewYou made it to management. Now what? It takes more than a title to be a leader, so new managers need to decide on a philosophy of producing future leaders to ensure that they are spending their time as wisely as possible. In addition, they should be very clear with their subordinates about expectations and priorities, and set common values and standards for their teams. Read Article»

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