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  • Career Collaborators 11:12 am on 06/29/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Millennials, recruitment,   

    Maximizing Millennial Talent 

    A joint study by the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Young Entrepreneurs Council looks at how to attract and retain this cohort. Given that by 2014, 36% of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of Millennials and by 2020 it will reach 46%, organizations will do well to take a look at these research findings. Specifically, we point out the use of multiple social media devices, 65% of Gen Y who highly value personal development and the 52% who said opportunities for career progression made an employer attractive. How will your organization attract and retain this next gen workforce? Let’s have this conversation. (www.careercollaborators.com)

  • Career Collaborators 12:43 pm on 06/28/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Tough Love From the CEO of MKTG, Inc to Gen Y Employees 

    CEO of a top-notch marketing services agency talks about authenticity in brands and in character traits that will truly make employees special.  Charlie Horsey says, ” Kids love authenticity in brands. They can tell what’s real, and what’s put on. They need to recognize their authentic best in themselves and admire it in others. To that end, we’ve started a rewards program, and every quarter, our people vote on who they think most deserves to be rewarded for their service. Eight people are then rewarded with trips, and experiences that matter to them. We believe this peer-to-peer acknowledgement puts the focus on truly deserving employees. Additionally, the experiences they are afforded as a result of our rewards program will enrich their lives and ultimately make them better employees.” http://tinyurl.com/7pv64f6

    Gen Y employees in organizations would also value peer support for broader career conversations.  We think that creating Career Collaborators Circles can provide that additional support.  Learn more at http://www.careercollaborators.com

  • Career Collaborators 12:31 pm on 06/27/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , women in the workplace   

    What is a “career woman” and do you want to be one? 

    Anne-Marie Slaughter’s recent article in the Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-can-8217-t-have-it-all/9020/ continues to create conversations around the topic of career women in the workplace. Ruth Marcus (Washington Post) in another commentary on Slaughter’s article, quotes Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who advises women in the workplace to “put your foot on that gas pedal and keep it there until the day you have to make a decision and then, make a decision…That’s the only way, when that day comes, you’ll even have a decision to make.” In other words, there is lots of buzz about the right choices and behaviors, their implications and the consequences of career decisions for women in today’s workplace, but what is right for you? If Slaughter’s “sensible policy prescriptions” or Sandberg’s “push hard” advice leave you with more questions than answers, you might want to reach out to your network of peers, friend and colleagues who can help you reflect upon your assumptions and think proactively about your career choices–reach out (or form your own) peer career community and ask the questions that are important to you. Need ideas for launching a peer career community?  Ask us at http://www.careercollaborators.com.

  • Career Collaborators 10:07 pm on 06/18/2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Even in a Digital Age, Word of Mouth Is the Best Way to Find a Job and Explore Careers 

    “The online recruiting world is trying to replicate word-of-mouth networking,” according to a Bloomberg Business Week article:


    However, you don’t have to be looking to leave your organization to consider person-to-person networking. Great companies don’t want to lose their talent so they are creating internal networking groups. We advocate creating career communities–face-to-face networks of employees interested in career exploration–a supportive network to consider aspirations and career “what ifs” which support word-of-mouth networking that promotes real connections. Check out these ideas at http://www.careercollaborators.com

  • Career Collaborators 9:34 pm on 06/16/2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Developing Career-Supportive Relationships at Work 

    Diversity networking and affinity groups, sometimes called Employee Resource Groups can have a significant influence on one’s career development.   According to Liz Roling, A University of Georgia researcher and co-author of the research paper The Benefits of Women’s Networks Within Organizations, women in the survey who were involved in workplace networks characterized the time as well spent (70%).  Fifty-three percent said their involvement would help advance their careers.


    Career Collaborators® believes that the power of diversity networking groups stems from building face-to-face (or technology-enabled) collaborative communities. Groups that can help one another “dare to dream” about career possibilities can offer diverse viewpoints and interesting perspectives.  Yet discussion and dialogue also benefit from suggested tasks and activities.  Having access to a structured program of activities often provides guidance so that the conversations can be meaningful to all who choose to participate.  Even informal networks with motivated, self-directed members find suggested activities and self-assessments very helpful.  Discussions within a career community on topics such as job satisfiers and dissatisfiers, motivators and tasks that excite you can lead to rich dialogue, new suggestions and possibly careers that had never occurred to you.

    What are the types of questions you might ask your career community?

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