Saturday, December 8, 2012

To Social Media Tips for Your Job Hunt - MBA + Graduates

Boston Inno's Tiffany Jennings offers 5 smart, concise action tips for proactively leveraging the Net in job searches.

The 5 tips + a Now4Next take:

  1. Use Keywords - your Twitter, Linked In, Google + accounts should included key words for 'what you want to be known as' not just resume-like experience terms, but terms that define your aspirations for future career roles
  2. Google Yourself - well put in the article - Google yourself because potential employers will, what do you WANT them to see?
  3. Connect with potential employers - my favorite - follow desireable potential employers on Twitter + Google +.  RT and +1 relevant posts. You will better understand company's and organization's priorities if you are active in their social circles.
  4. Mind your manners - show off your professional aptitude in social environments
  5. Keep it Human - RTs or +1s without a personal comment or perspective looks like robot spam - social means people.
Smart Job Hunters - Read the entire article here at BostonInno

Just a note - 5 Tips for Job Hunters fits exactly the Award Winning 'Flip the Job Search' program that is underway at CMH in Paris. Concept = steps to take to have potential employers find YOU.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

MBA Holiday Gift Guide - your ideas??

Technology and travel top Bloomberg Businessweek's MBA Holiday Guide. Perhaps a link to - to maximize your LinkedIn profile may be more practical. Or how about a Pro subscription to Basecamp Project Management?

What is your idea of a smart MBA Holiday gift?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Networked Individualism - Personal Social Networks

A video book synopsis of Networked by the author - 3 minutes well spent.

Key Quote
The new social operating system of "networked individualism" liberates us from the restrictions of tightly knit groups; it also requires us to develop networking skills and strategies, work on maintaining ties, and balance multiple overlapping networks.

Professional success will be driven by Networked Individualism. Ideally, individuals will develop

  • personal learning networks
  • industry knowledge networks
  • professional contacts networks
  • lucky networks (?)
Review the review in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Students + Job Seekers - Quality Info on the Role of Social Media

How to take online opportunities beyond the Facebook familiar to meaningful, professional enlightened overview in this infographic.

Full article via Shea Bennett at Media Bistro - a terrific resource BTW.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

From CIO Magazine, an infographic on social + job search, by generation.

2 key points, IMO
  • All generations use Social in their job research + professional reputation development
  • Employers should have a well articulated social presence, as it is a preferred source of info for Gen Y job seekers.
What is your take?

Resource for Infographic - MillennialBranding

New Role - Head of Content + Audience Development

As previously mentioned, Now 4 Next  delights in discovering job titles + roles that are entirely new.  

This job posting on Dezeen for a Head of Content and Audience Development at The School of Life in London is  an exciting development as creation and curation skills are front + center.

The School of Life blog is full of exceptional ideas - worth adding to your read feeds.

If you are seeking imaginative + un-ordinary work experiences, Dezeen Jobs is a great place to look. Dezeen Magazine  is design and architecture oriented but really brain food for design thinkers.
DeZeen Magazine

Monday, October 8, 2012

Curiosity - new era advice via Seth Godin

Well stated - The Curious Imperative - the always concise Seth Godin recently posted this advice.  

"Now that information is ubiquitous, the obligation changes. It's no longer okay to not know."

A quick read, the underlying principle is essential to personal + career development.  Full blog post here.
Seth Godin Blog Home Page

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Enterprise Matchmaker - new in corporate strategy

At Now 4 Next, we really enjoy discovering job titles + roles that are breakthrough - did not exist until recently.  Enterprise Matchmaking is definitely in that category.

Cube Ventures combines non-traditional networking + innovative marketing = Enterprise Matchmaking.

The concept + Cube Ventures is the brainchild of Rachel Shechtman, deservedly recognized by Fast Company in their 100 Most Creative People in Business issue.

Take a look at the show+tell section of Cube Ventures site - it will give you brain sparks.
show+tell creates conversation using real stories, brands and products to meet clients' objectives.� Whether sparking ideas for new product development, naming, problem solving or ideating, show+tell creates and conducts customized experiences to produce desired outcomes.�

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HBR - Cultivate Your Professional Brand Online

The Start Up of You, The Business Model You (video below) and a host of other sources give solid information on steps to take to leverage Social Media for career development.  All worthy reads but this Harvard Business Review article is particularly smart + straight forward. 

Putting your professional self online, 3 key points:

  • Build your professional brand
  • Demonstrate digital proficiency
  • Learn from your diigital network
Full article here - what professional benefits do you see, from your social networks?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Work Skills for the Conceptual Age

Organizations and companies are grappling to identify talent and skill sets essential in the new economic environment.  Many thought leaders have identified that work has moved the from knowledge age to the 'conceptual' age.

As a result, future employers will seek and value creative problem solving skills.  

Of the many thought leaders in this area, Lisa Bodell of futurethink stands out by her articulation of essential skills for a conceptual age.

  1. Strategic Imagination
  2. Provocative Inquiry - or as I refer to it Intellectual Curiosity
  3. Creative Problem Solving
  4. Agility
  5. Resilience

Indeed, her framework helps us answer our core question - how best to prepare for jobs that do not exist yet.

Read the full article published on CNN.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Workforce Preparedness - Skills for 2020

The Apollo Research Institute published an excellent and coherent report identifying skills necessary for success in the workplace.  While the report is titled Future Workskills 2020, the reality is that many of these skills are required for the current workplace, especially in digital environments.

The full report and online seminar are linked in the Futurework section.

Below are the 10 skills identified - new media literacy is key to acquiring some of the other skills.

  • Transdisciplinarity: literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines. More about transdisciplinarity.
  • Virtual collaboration: ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team. More about virtual collaboration.
  • Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed. More about sense-making.
  • Social intelligence: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions. More about social intelligence.
  • Cross-cultural competency: ability to operate in different cultural settings. More about cross-cultural competency.
  • Cognitive load management: ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques. More about cognitive load management.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking: proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based. More about novel and adaptive thinking.
  • Computational thinking: ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning. More about computational thinking.
  • New media literacy: ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication. More about new media literacy. More about new media literacy.
  • Design mindset: ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes. More about design mindset.

Your opinions + ideas are most welcome in the comment section.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flip the Classroom - Inspiration

One of the elements of Now for Next is 'flip the classroom'. Here is the TedTalk that inspired me to try it at CMH...and it works.