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Alumni Spotlight

At the last Bentley Success Network event, Career Coach extraordinaire Judy Campbell told Bentley alumni that "if you don't ask for a raise you aren't going to get one." She went on to say that it is the employee's responsibility to build a case for what they are worth.
You know that heady feeling when you're in the groove? Work is exciting -- you have the knowledge, tools, and attitude to master your job. You look forward to new challenges and the "grunt" aspects don't bother you. For the average person, it takes 6 - 18 months in a new job to achieve this level of mastery.
Imagine that you are at your favorite restaurant. The waiter comes to take your order and you select a specific entrée, provide your cooking/garnishing preferences, and choose the side dishes. After a few minutes of pleasant table conversation, your waiter returns and hands you a plate – but it doesn't contain what you ordered. Instead, it contains the waiter's favorite menu items. How would you react?
A few years ago I met with an alumnus who had been applying for jobs but not getting any responses or interviews. I suggested that he begin using a "two column" cover letter. After a few months he reported that he had received call-backs for interviews for every one of the nine jobs for which he applied. He also reported that he had accepted one of the offers and loved his new job. Tom said that he didn't think he would ever have gotten a job without the "two column" cover letter.
According to Rebecca Shambaugh, President of SHAMBAUGH and Executive Partner of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley, having both a mentor and a sponsor is the key to successfully climbing the corporate ladder.
LinkedIn has become THE platform for business professionals. Your profile will be viewed multiple times during a job search or while networking. It's important to optimize your presence. Below are key tips.

By now you've no doubt heard how important it is to have a professional presence on LinkedIn. Marc Cenedella, in a column for The Ladders, cites 5 vital reasons to be on LinkedIn -- even if you have a job:

1. You need to have a large network so you can use it later. The day you decide you want another job, or have been laid off, is not the optimal time to start building a network.

2. Opportunities come to you; recruiters look for passive candidates. Organizations seek people who are excelling in the role they hope to fill. They'll look at these candidates before those who are unemployed.

If you've ever been in an extended job search, you may have found the process frustrating and demotivating. But did you know that by tweaking the goal from finding a job to scheduling face-to-face meetings with interesting people, you will both find it a more positive experience and reach employment faster? We've created The Path to (Re) Employment to help you establish your job search using this new methodology. Follow this step-by-step process to create your own path!
As you network to identify career opportunities, and when you apply for specific jobs, it's likely that you'll be asked questions such as "tell me about yourself" or "tell me a little bit about your background." To respond effectively, you need a "Professional Profile" that connects the dots of your career in a concise and compelling way.
As the economy continues to improve, more people start considering career moves. In most cases, that means conducting a job search while employed -- what we call a stealth job search. This type of job hunt requires a delicate balance of networking and applying for positions -- while keeping these activities under the radar of your current employer. Some common sense and a little planning help make the process less stressful.