A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the Adobe Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a big tech conference for folks and companies who use Adobe products to get together and learn more about current tools and see sneak peeks of upcoming ones.
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT.
Many of you have probably seen the Labels Against Women add that Pantene put out recently. It explores how the same action taken by a man is interpreted differently (and sometimes negatively) when taken by a woman. A strong man is “the boss” while a strong woman is “bossy;” a man is “neat” if he takes care of his appearance while a woman is “vain.”
All of our actions at work and in life, regardless of how we intend them to come off, are interpreted by those around us. This is what creates our reputation. Because what is a reputation, really, other than the beliefs or opinions that other people have about is?
Have you ever been at an office holiday party, and as you look across the room, you realize that you know no one in the room?
Or have you gone to a business conference, and during meals and break sessions you sit by yourself, playing on your phone and hoping you look busy so that you don’t have to awkwardly try and meet people?
We’ve all been there, and I’m sure we’ll be there again. But networking is such a critical part of our professional and personal growth, and it’s a skill worth practicing every chance we get.
As world renown Gen Y career adviser, Penelope Trunk, has astutely observed, Gen Y wants to be entrepreneurs. We want to be our own bosses. We don’t want to live in cube farms for the rest of our lives, and we want the two things that never seem to go together: time and money.
Instead of working long arduous hours on a startup that may or may not pan out (or pay out), many Gen Y folks – and retirees for that matter – are turning to direct sales. They don’t plan to get rich quick, but it is their safety net or “Plan B” should they lose their job, want to quit their job, or want to supplement their income. And I can tell you from personal experience, there is nothing more rewarding and empowering than owning your own business.
Looking back on my career so far, I like to think I have a pretty good interviewing track record. I’ve interviewed for seven different positions, and I landed all but one of them. I’m not saying this to claim that I’m some sort of interviewing guru, but I do seem to have a knack for it.
(Note: This assumes that my resume made it past HR and to a hiring manager. I didn’t bother to count the number of jobs I applied to and never heard back about. More on that in a later post, “Your Parents Were Right: It’s not always what you know, but who you know…”).