Category Archives: Young Professionals

Networking is icky! …or maybe not.

Ok, for some of us, the thought of networking is just plain icky, not to mention scary. To be honest, that was how I felt, especially when I was still new to my field and did not have any work experience. I thought networking was just another word for “sucking up.” And then I realized, networking is just a means of gathering and sharing information. It doesn’t need to be icky.
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Gimme a side o’ GRUMPY with that CRABBY!

Image from Cafe Grumpy

This ever happen to you? You’re in a pretty decent mood when all of a sudden you encounter someone who clearly woke up on the wrong side of the continent – maybe a co-worker, a roommate, a family member, someone in the checkout line. You interact with them for all of 1 minute and the next thing you know, you’re feeling crispier than burnt toast. How did that happen? Why did it happen? Did it even need to happen? Like an infectious disease in those scary outbreak movies, that individual’s bad attitude has infected you. What’s even worse is now you’re going to infect the people around you, likely in your workplace. Fortunately, there is an antidote. (more…)

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