Brunching with a purpose was in full effect Saturday [September 28, 2014] with the Surviving the Career Games Power Brunch, hosted by the Fyre Network at the House of Art Gallery.
Gaining and maintaining employment can be a difficult at times, especially if you're new to the game. Luckily a few Howard University alums recognized the struggle and came together to create a solution through brunch, booze and a very insightful panel discussion. The panel covered everything from resume building to how to quit your job.
Being that the panelist were more than happy to lend us their tips, tricks and words of advice I thought I'd pass them along in hopes to take your career game to the next level. Good luck!
1. Keep in mind that your resume is "your story". Be concise yet informative. When applying for a job follow all directions and don't forget to proofread before submission.
2. Get in, become irreplaceable, and build lasting relationships.
3. Don't be afraid to negotiate compensation upfront. "Closed mouths, don't get fed." This is your livelihood, negotiate the things that are important to you: Salary, vacation time, health benefits, work environment.
4. Create a five year plan. Have an idea of where you are going and how you can help your company, help you, get to the next level.
5. Remember, companies are more likely to invest in you and into your professional development if you're willing to invest in them. Stay awhile. Try not to job hop at the first sign of another opportunity.
6. Work on generating passive and residual income, such as real-estate, stock investments, or authoring a book. Its necessary to have money that works for you even while you're sleeping.
7. Save, Save, Save! This way you don't have to be afraid to walk away from a situation that isn't a good fit for you. Set a minimum amount for your savings such as, $10,000, and work to maintain that amount.
8. Be rigid with your goals and dreams but flexible in the route you travel to meet those accomplishments. Stay open minded and allow yourself to flourish in ways that you may not have planned.
So much insight in such a short post! I hope this helps guys. Good luck on your career journeys and if you're in the New York area and still in search of some advice, keep an eye out out for the upcoming events in the career series on www.fyrenetworking.com.
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