Career E-News - October 2007 

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In This Issue
New Email Address
Thanks For Your Referrals!
Is Networking a Simple Art or a Complex Science?
7 Ways to Hurt Your Career
Joellyn Recommends: I'm On LinkedIn - Now What???
Quote of the Month

Career Action Planning (CAP) Session

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Greetings!                           Joellyn in Black Suit 

I'm proud to announce my new website  which more clearly reflects who I am and what I do which is partnering with executives and professionals like you in successfully landing a career position, job, promotion, or self-employment venture that offers the right mix of satisfaction, growth, location, environment, and compensation. 
My new site is still a work-in-progress and I will be editing and adding to it over time. So, feel fr*ee to browse and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.   
While I still write resumes, this service is only part of what I do for clients, within the context of a career transition. That said, my old website: will only be live until November 30, 2007 and anyone clicking to it after this date will be redirected to my new site. 
Over the past 25 years, "networking" has evolved from something we did without thinking much about it, to a complex maze of social and business networking sites. While these tools can help your career or small business, be sure to use "offline" methods as well, to strengthen your network.  My article: "Is Networking a Simple Art or a Complex Science?" explains how.      
If you're like most ambitious and talented workers, you want to keep your career on track and moving forward.  Be sure to avoid derailing your progress  by following the advice in the informative article: "Seven Ways to Hurt Your Career" 
LinkedIn is one of the most popular social/ business networking sites. However, few people really know how to maximize the value of it. This is the very reason why Jason Alba wrote the book: I'm On LinkedIn, Now What??? -- and it's getting rave reviews from readers and LinkedIn users alike. 

Are you stuck, stalled or confused with your career or job search? My nominally-priced Career Action Plan (CAP) Session  

is guaranteed to help you stop spinning your wheels and redirect you toward career success! 
I look forward to connecting with you!

Enjoy! :-)   Joellyn 

New Email Address
Along with my new website is my new email address:  Please add this to your address book for future communications with me. I sent out this issue from and will be sending the next issue from
Thanks For Your Referrals!
ThanksMany thanks to those who have referred family, friends, colleagues and acquaintences to me, including: 
  • Helane Hurwith 
  • Ira Frost 


  • Is Networking a Simple Art or a Complex Science?  Networking


    by Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin

    When I started my business back in the early 90's, the concept of "networking" hadn't yet been formally identified as a tangible tool for business or career development.
    In fact, I had never even heard of the term "networking" until one of my clients invited me as a guest to the monthly dinner meeting of a group called the National Network of Sales Professionals. She explained that this group consisted of small / solo business professionals who shared best sales practices and referred potential clients to each other on a regular basis.

    I joined this group shortly after visiting that meeting and remained an active member until the group folded just before the year 2000. During my membership, I participated in fundraising projects, served as publicity chair for 2 years, and ultimately became the group's business manager. I also used the services of and referred business to my fellow members and received many referrals in return, who are clients that I still work with today.

    What I didn't realize back then is that I was engaged in the "simple art" of networking, by just being myself and interacting genuinely with my fellow members. I didn't join this group with high expectations that business would come my way nor did I count the business cards I collected. I just showed up at meetings and participated in the activities. The referrals that I did receive were byproducts of my involvement with the group. Networking, as I knew it, was working for me!

    Fast-forward to the 21st century: "networking" has evolved into a "complex science" to include a maze of business and social networking websites - such as LinkedIn, Friendster, Ryze, MySpace and others -- and there are hundreds of books on the subject of networking. To add to the mix, there are even organizations that sponsor mega-networking and speed-networking events where you are told to bring hundreds of cards with you and network-network-network until you drop! Whew!!!

    What is wrong with this picture?

    Amidst all this technological confusion and distractions, it seems like we've almost forgotten what the true definition of "networking" really is. To quote Scott Ginsburg, author of the article: "7 Habits of Highly Horrible Networkers", "networking" is simply this: "Building mutually beneficial relationships."

    Yes, that's all it really is!

    So, networking is NOT about the number of connections you have on networking sites or how many business cards you collect at a networking event. Networking IS about the quality of mutually-beneficial relationships that you'll develop over time.

    Now, please understand: I love technology and am intrigued with the idea that networking sites can help boost a career. Now that I have my new website launched, I am considering the possiblity of using these tools myself. However, my pet peeve with social and business networking sites is that some people treat them with an impersonal "numbers game" mindset or as substitutes for one-on-one relationship-building. 

    To illustrate my point, here's an example of someone who contacted me through LinkedIn, who clearly operated from a "numbers game" perspective:

    "Hello Joellyn. Let's see if we can help each other. I found you while I was searching my network at LinkedIn. Let's connect directly, so we can help each other with referrals. If we connect, both of our networks will grow. To add me as your connection, just follow the link below."

    Here's how I responded:

    "Thanks for your invitation. Since we have similar businesses, I would like to schedule a phone visit with you, so we can get better acquainted and learn more about each others' offerings as well as the types of referrals and/or help we are seeking. My office hours are typically
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F and M-W-Th evenings from 7-9 p.m., by appointment. Please let me know what might work for you over the next couple of weeks and we'll go from there."

    Guess what? I never got a response from him, even after following up with a couple of voicemail messages. What I did get was a forwarded message from him (sent to others as well) with information about the "Mega-Networking Event of the Century" -- but he never once acknowledged my email or voicemail messages. So much for wanting to help each other! Needless to say, I declined his LinkedIn invitation and moved on.

    Of course, not all my experiences with LinkedIn invitations have worked out this way. My point is this: By all means, use social networking sites if you feel that they can help your career.  But don't neglect offline methods for relationship-building, which can be implemented with or without a presence on a social networking site. Here are some "tried and true" suggestions:  

    ·         Join an association or club that is of interest to you. Get involved and become known as the "go-to" person for whatever your area of expertise happens to be.

    ·         Communicate considerately - and often! Return all telephone calls, emails, and written correspondence in a timely manner. Apologize for unusually late responses.

    ·         Express appreciation for gifts, referrals, and random acts of kindness.

    ·        Congratulate colleagues, business associates, family and friends on recent accomplishments or good fortune.

    ·         Offer helpful information, such as a newspaper article or key resource, depending on the person's needs.

    ·        Be sure to thank everyone who has introduced you to an important contact, passed on a job lead, provided you with a great reference, or convinced a hiring manager to interview you -- regardless of the outcome. 

    Doing any or all the above will set you apart from "numbers game" networkers, and will engage you in the "simple art" of relationship-building that networking was meant to be. 
    © 2007 All Rights Reserved.
    7 Ways to Hurt
    Your Career 
    Looking for a surefire way to derail your career? Here's a list of seven deadly sins in the workplace. Even the most ambitious and talented workers' careers can suffer from the effects of anger, gluttony and sloth. Read more from
    (Source: CareerPro News Weekly, Sept 21, 2007)
    I'm On LinkedInJoellyn Recommends: 

    This book is designed to help you get the most out this popular business networking site. With over 12 million members there is a lot of potential to find and develop relationships to help in your business and personal life; but many professionals find themselves wondering what to do once they signup. This book, which is getting rave reviews, explains different benefits of the LinkedIn system and recommends best practices so that you can get the most out of it. To purchase this book or learn more about it, go to

    Quote of the Month
    New Q
     "The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves." 
    -- Brian Tracy
     I appreciate having you as a subscriber and I hope the content in this newsletter will help you be successful in your career.  Have a great month!


    Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin
    Certified Career Management Coach

    © 2007 All rights reserved.