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Email Etiquette for Job Seekers

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 13, 2018

 

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Emails are one of the most common types of communication in many workplaces, beginning with the job search. However, many people may not know exactly how they can portray themselves professionally through an email. Emails are often the first point of communication during a job search, so it is important that they are written thoughtfully and purposefully. To make the right first impression when sending an email, it is important that you keep these tips in mind.  Continue reading

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Best Practices for Using LinkedIn

This Post was written by Rocco Santopietro
Date posted: March 13, 2018

Even if you aren’t currently on the job hunt, LinkedIn can be beneficial to your professional growth. You can expand your network and establish yourself as a knowledgeable source in your field. To do so, I’m sharing LinkedIn best practices to increase your engagement.

Make your profile stand out
Before you begin engaging on LinkedIn, it is important that your profile summary is effective and relays your goals to anyone who views your profile. Clearly determine who your summary should attract and what you want it to achieve.

Most importantly, have a profile picture and make sure it’s professional! Avoid using selfies or low quality images. It’s best to include a headshot where you’re wearing professional attire. Find a neutral background and have your face take up at least 60% of the frame.

Keep your information up-to-date
It looks unprofessional to have outdated information and incorrect contacts. Double check your email address and phone number if you’ve included it. This also applies to job titles. If you’ve received a promotion or moved to a different company, change this as soon as possible on your LinkedIn profile. Even if you haven’t changed positions, review your job responsibilities and add or remove bullet points as necessary.

Take advantage of personal messaging
When you first reach out to connect with someone, personalize the message. People are more likely to respond that way. Don’t forget about your existing connections. It’s a good idea to reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile so you can keep the relationship strong. It may help generate more conversation the next time you see them in person.

Join groups and publish your own content
In order to establish yourself as a trusted professional, try publishing LinkedIn articles. This is especially helpful if you don’t have your own blog. Content like this should elaborate your professional point of view. Engaging with groups is a fantastic way to find new connections and stay current with industry trends.

Post status updates
Posting status updates helps draw attention to your profile. However, avoid posting about personal and political topics. While LinkedIn is indeed social media, it’s meant to act as a professional social network. Save anything else for Facebook and Twitter.

Daily Checklist

  • Like at least five posts you see on your feed, but do this at different times of the day. Content is always changing, and you should engage with your network.
  • Share other posts. Whether it’s an interesting article you read, an infographic, or a favorite quote, sharing posts helps draw attention to your profile
  • Follow your company and visit their page to share updates
  • Research new groups to join, or engage with the ones you’re already a part of

Following these LinkedIn best practices will increase your profile’s engagement. It’s helpful for job seekers and non-job seekers alike. A carefully crafted profile can help you find new connections and you may be surprised at how much you learn by spending at least five minutes a day engaging on LinkedIn.

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Making the Most from a Networking Event

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 8, 2017

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Networking events are essential for career development and business opportunities. Whether you need to find a job, connect with certain employees or companies, or desire to collaborate on a project, networking events can facilitate your professional growth. Since it can connect you with the right people, it’s important to approach networking seriously and make the most of it. Here are six networking event tips how:

1. Be prepared
You’re going to meet people, so it’s best to be prepared to talk about who you are, what you do, and what you’re looking for. You won’t look very professional if you’re stumbling over your words or taking too long to respond to a question. Be ready to discuss your career, aspirations, and experiences. Don’t forget to bring your resume if you’re looking to get hired, or your business cards if you need to distribute your contact information.

2. Find a way to stand out
You certainly won’t be the only person that the people at a networking event will talk to. Everyone will mingle throughout the evening and possibly have conversations with dozens of others at these events. Whether it’s finding a common interest with someone, sending a follow-up email within a few days, or having a firm handshake, it’s important for you to positively stand out to this person so that the people you connected with don’t forget you.

3. Ask good questions
Asking questions is beneficial not only because it’ll help you better understand a person or organization, but also because it’s the backbone of networking conversations. These conversations are fueled by inquiries, so try to ask the right questions when appropriate. It may help to do a little homework about a person or the company he or she works for beforehand. Try making a list of potential questions you could ask others before attending a networking event, that way you feel prepared.

4. Dress like a professional
You don’t have to dress like you’re going into an interview, but do everyone a favor and leave your oversized suit at home. Remember, you’ll be making a lot of first impressions when you’re networking. Make sure to have a clean overall appearance, and, just like in interviews, avoid wearing perfume or cologne. Keep your business cards in an easily accessible places. After all, you don’t want your new acquaintances watching you digging through piles of rubble in your bag.

5. Have a goal in mind
Don’t go to a networking event blindly. Ask yourself beforehand what you want to accomplish from meeting certain people. Looking for job opportunities? Have an elevator pitch memorized.  Trying to collaborate on projects? Be ready to explain what you have to offer to their team. When you meet people, think of how they can help you carry out your plans and act accordingly.

6. Don’t forget your manners
It may be tempting to look around for an exit when you’re in a dead conversation, but remember to maintain a level of professionalism. When someone is talking, listen. If you want to end the conversation, end it politely rather than abruptly. Remember to ask just as many questions as you have answered. You don’t want to burn bridges with potential connections within the first five minutes of meeting them.

Networking is a powerful way to expand your professional connections and you should always take advantage of the opportunity to build your contacts. Understanding the right ways to prepare for them can help you set yourself apart from everyone else.

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September 2017 Tech Events

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 1, 2017

Check out these tech events happening near you this September!

Connecticut
September 12, 2017
Hartford SQL Users Group
West Hartford, CT | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
The purpose of the HSSUG is to provide an independent local forum for database administrators, developers and general users of Microsoft SQL Server as well as users and vendors of products and services related to Microsoft SQL Server to exchange knowledge and build professional relationships.

September 13, 2017
From HR Metrics to HR Analytics: Steps to take even if you hate statistics!
Norwich, CT | 7:00 am | $25 members; $35 nonmembers
You’ve probably heard the phrase “what gets measured gets done!” Join us for a fascinating evening as Dr. Craig Haas debunks some of the myths that prevent HR Professionals from using analytics to both track and prove their results. Math anxiety? Didn’t take statistics in school? Don’t have time? Let’s call on the Doctor to help us get over these typical humps that prevent us from sitting at the strategic table.

Clever Ways Applicants Try to Beat the System
Farmington, CT | 7:30 – 9:30 am | $25 members; $35 nonmembers | @SMAsonew
The presentation will provide employers with an awareness of these intricacies, along with best practice suggestions that can help employers secure their background screening process to hire top talent. This meeting will add to the attendees’ knowledge in several of the functional areas included in Workforce Planning and Employment, Business Management and Strategy, and Human Resource Development.

September 14, 2017
Young Professionals End-of-Summer Happy Hour Mixer
Rocky Hill, CT | 5:00 pm | @HRACC
Join the HRACC Young Professionals for a Happy Hour and End-of-Summer Mixer. This complimentary event will be full of networking, prizes, and a good time!
*Meet other Young Professionals in the area
*Make connections
*Expand your network
*Enjoy light appetizers
*Enter our drawing to win a cool gift

September 15, 2017
PMI September 2017 Shelton Region Breakfast Round Table
Shelton, CT | 7:30 – 9:00 am | Free for members; $10 nonmembers | @SNECPMI
Radical transparency is allowing people to know everything that isn’t confidential. People with integrity in radically transparent organizations tell others what they’re strengths and weaknesses are — no-holds barred and not behind closed doors. We will discuss what degrees of radical transparency and integrity can be used in project management – not just in choosing stop light indicators for tasks but in daily interactions with project team members and stakeholders. Bring your ideas, opinions, experiences, techniques, or just plain curiosity to our discussion of Radical Transparency, Integrity, and Project Management.

September 19, 2017
Marcum Tech Top 40
Wallingford, CT | 5:00 – 8:30 pm | @CTTech
Now in its 10th year, the Marcum Tech Top 40 honors Connecticut’s fastest growing tech companies across six industry sectors. Applications are in and Marcum LLP’s experts are tabulating the results. Winners will be announced in mid-August, but don’t wait to register for the event! Click the button below to get your tickets to this essential techbiz event.

SNEC-PMI September 2017 Chapter Meeting
Cromwell, CT | 5:00 – 8:30 pm | $35 members; $45 nonmembers
When disaster strikes, the National Guard is among the first to respond to protect people and infrastructure by conducting specific missions leading to recovery.  It is the responsibility of the Intelligence Operations Manager (aka Project Manager) to ensure these missions are fully planned, executed and monitored in coordination with local authorities and support agencies.  Planning for these missions successfully from start to finish is a project critical to the safety and stabilization of all involved.

September 28, 2017
Fairfield County (Stamford) Breakfast Meeting
Stamford, CT | 7:30 – 8:45 am | Free for members; $10 nonmembers
Attending this session will help the audience by outlining the 10 most important lessons learned from recent events and how project management professionals can immediately use them to improve their firm’s resiliency.  It will explain how to prepare for, manage and recover from significant scenarios that impact a firm’s ability to function.

Annual Employment Law Update
Rocky Hill, CT | 4:30 pm | @HRACC | $45 members; $55 nonmembers
Join us for our most popular event of the year, a dinner reception on September 28th in Rocky Hill. HRACC is proud to bring you another evening of legislative changes, trends and information critical to the success of the HR professional.  This meeting is the premier opportunity to get briefed on recent legal decisions that impact your daily work in significant ways.  

Massachusetts
September 11, 2017
The Billion Dollar Opportunity in the Back Office Part II
Boston, MA | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
We all know Financial Services is facing a crossroads.  $130+ Billion of Venture Capital investment in FinTech since 2010 knows it.  Big banks who initially scoffed when financial technology start-ups set out to reinvent their business and have now shifted into a new deal-making phase know.  To make this point, there were 51 acquisitions or IPOS of FinTech firms in deals worth $1.1 billion in 2016.

September 12, 2017
September 2017 WMPMF Meeting
Springfield, MA | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | $15 members; $20 nonmembers
WMPMF is an opportunity to network with your colleagues in an informal setting, benefit from a valuable presentation, and earn a PDU at little cost. Pizza and soft drinks are included in the cost of the meeting.

September 20, 2017
The 3rd Annual Timmy Awards
Boston, MA | 6:00 pm
The Timmy Awards by Tech in Motion is an awards ceremony recognizing the best places for tech professionals to work in Boston. While many awards are given to brilliant individuals and their technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to recognize the companies and managers who employ those technologists, for supporting and driving innovation in their communities.

September 22, 2017
Professional Development Day South 2017
Norwood, MA | September 22-23 | @PMI_MassBay
Project Managers and Business Analysts today must focus on their careers to move forward and stay relevant in the new economy. Continual learning and alignment with your company’s strategic objectives has never been more important for your success.

September 28, 2017
Robotics Connect 2017
Cambridge, MA | 6:00 pm
We are partnering with the CIC in September to run a 4-hour mini-conference for Robotics and AI. More details to follow.

Rhode Island
September 6, 2017
Following the Clues with Wait Stats ~ Greg Celentano
East Greenwich, RI | 6:00 pm
Ever get stuck trying to diagnose a performance issue but not certain where SQL Server is feeling the hurt? How do you see patterns in SQL Server activity? The story of what SQL is waiting on is a good place to start. We’ll go through using the sys.dm_os_wait_stats and sys.dm_os_waiting_tasks management views.  We will also review some ways to mine and trend this wealth of data from SQL Server.

September 12, 2017
Providence Technology Leadership Roundtable
Providence, RI | 3:30 – 8:00 pm | $60 members; $80 nonmembers | @BostonSIM
We all know the threats that exist “out there”. We spend countless hours and massive resources protecting the kingdom from the invaders. But, how much effort do we expend protecting ourselves from, well, ourselves?  Attend and learn where the greatest internal threats exist, what to guard against, and how to mitigate the potential disasters that can occur if nothing is done.

Boston New Technology September 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT81
Boston, MA | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $12 | @BostonNewTech
Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with 150 attendees from the Boston/Cambridge startup community! Dinner, beer, wine and more are included.

September 14, 2017
Rhode Island Transportation Innovation Partnership Expo
East Greenwich, RI | 8:00 – 11:00 am
Be a part of the conversation and participate in an interactive event where you can see for yourself the testing grounds for new and emerging technologies. Join us at NEIT on September 14 for a day-long forum where you’ll experience lively panel discussions on infrastructure planning, workforce changes and more.

September 20, 2017
Network After Work at AQUA
Providence, RI | 6:00 pm | $15
Join our community of millions across the US and expand your network at our next event. You’ll make great connections in a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere while expanding your network of contacts to fuel your career or business goals. We’ve become America’s premier face-to-face networking organization with hundreds of events each month, in over +100 cities across the US. Grab your business cards to get out and network with Network After Work.

September 26, 2017
Providence UX Meetup: Designers with Drinks
Providence, RI | 7:30 pm | @pvdUX
The ancient and loyal order of user experience professionals gathers monthly to toast beautiful, efficient, practical, and awe-inspiring digital design. The UX meetup is a casual gathering to meet local designers, swap industry techniques and news, and celebrate the remarkable design talent in Providence. Grab a cocktail, sling a wireframe, and meet some new and awesome people.

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