MARCH 2016

Positive Networking

by: Glenise Anderson (reading – 1.2. - 7.2.)

Networking is skill which is extremely important in order to make contact with different people. Not only is networking required within the workplace, it is also required outside in various other situations. For a woman to have positive networking skills is very important. Not only is a woman usually in charge of the socializing of her family, she is also sometimes responsible for gathering more clientele for the business she works in. If she has her own business, networking becomes a mandatory skill. For all these circumstances, positive networking skills are extremely important.

Some people just meet others in order to add as many names in their database and hence disregard quality and give more importance to quantity instead. When networking is used incorrectly and for quantity purposes only, it is known as networking abuse or when it comes to emails may be regarded as "spam". As a woman entrepreneur, you must avoid this where possible as your name is your business.

In order for networking to be positive, women must develop a well thought out network game plan. Focus initially on getting to know the people who you meet, make a decision about whether they are a match with your business and if they aren't move on. Always be polite, however, don't go to networking events expecting to hand out many cards work on quality and not quantity and your business will reflect this decision.

In order to develop positive networking skills, there are some tactics which you can follow. Seven of these tips are mentioned below:

1. Always smile: A smile shows a person is warm and friendly. When meeting new people, smiling is welcoming and appropriate.

2. Look at people in their eye: When talking to someone, look them in the eye while you speak. This is seen as a compliment and is the best way to interact with someone new and whom you have just met.

3. Listen to the other person speaking: When having a conversation, it is polite to listen to what the other person has to say. This shows interest and if the person with whom you are conversing is likely to be someone whom you can deal with in the future, active listening skills will help immensely.

4. Have appropriate body language: Whatever impression new contacts will have of you the first time you meet is bound to be the lasting impression. In order for them to remember you in a positive way, have good body language and be relaxed and friendly.

5. Do not be pushy: No one likes a person who behaves strongly or acts in a needy manner. Hold your head up high and do not be afraid to show people who you are and what you believe in. But remember not to go arrogant.

6. Give a compliment: Everyone likes to receive a compliment. Ensure it is heartfelt and truthful. Most people can judge if a compliment is genuine or not, so be careful about what you say.

7. Have a business card ready: You never know when these may come in handy!

About The Author

Glenise Anderson

Glenise Anderson is a successful business woman who wants to share her knowledge and skills with other women. Her organization Self Confident Women, provides tailored education solutions that meet the personal and professional development needs of women.

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Cover Letter Tone: Formal or Friendly?

by: Erin Kennedy (reading – 8.2. - 14.2.)

When writing your cover letter don't be too informal. Cover your skills in a precise manner, address the reader directly, and err on the side of formality.

When creating cover letters, a common mistake is to essentially use the same letter every time. Many applicants change nothing more than the name of the company. This is a bad idea and you can be certain that your generic letter is seen as such by those who read it. It is not as hard to spot these type of cover letters as you might think that it is. The other common mistake is in tone. As a general rule, formal is better. But this is not always the case, though it is safe to choose this style if you are unsure on what to do. It is always best to be over-dressed than under, right?

I am going to assume you have done your homework and know enough about the job you are seeking to be specific in your cover letter. If you do not have that information, then get it before you begin writing. You cannot craft a decent cover letter without specifics. Plus, during your research you may find a reason or reasons to skip the whole application process all together!

The tone of the letter will be dictated on the position you are seeking. The rule is that the more authority the position has then the more formal the cover letter should be and the more specific. Makes sense, don't you think?

You want the letter to be brief but complete. It's important to highlight your skills in relation to the specific job being offered and to explain why you are perfectly suited to the position. Any of your skills could seem unimportant to you, in regards to the job at hand, but it could be something that the company sees as the most important. Find a way to include anything that may help you land the job.

Of course you will address the letter to the person doing the interviewing. If you do not know who this is, then just call and ask because "To Whom It May Concern" just will not do! Address him or her formally throughout your letter. Never shorten someone's name unless given permission to do so. Save the informal and friendly approach for your friends.

When writing a cover letter you want to get your point across as briefly as possible while showing respect to the reader. The tone should always err on the side of formality, you never know how high up your application might go.

About The Author

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services . She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 8 best-selling career books and has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations of the prestigious T.O.R.I. Award

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20 Commonly Asked Interview Questions

by: Genie Fletcher (reading – 16.2. - 21.2.)

You created the best resume possible and waited anxiously until you heard from the recruiter or potential employer. Now you need to be prepared for a great interview if you want an offer. Prepare for your it by studying some of the most common interview questions.

1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

2. Describe your management experience. How many people worked under you? What were your responsibilities?

3. Why are you interested in working for us? Why would you want to work here?

4. Why do you want to leave your current position, or why did you leave your last position?

5. Would you be willing to travel? How often could you travel? Would you be willing to use your own vehicle? Could you relocate? How much notice would you need?

6. What is your most successful professional accomplishment?

7. Name a difficult situation you had with a co-worker/subordinate and how you managed to rectify it.

8. What do you hope to accomplish in your first month/six months/year on the job?

9. Tell me three words that best describe you. How would others describe you? If I were to call your boss/former boss, how would he or she describe you?

10. How would you deal with an angry customer?

11. What makes you a better fit for this job than someone else?

12. What motivates you?

13. Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with your boss and how you handled that situation.

14. What are your career goals? How long do you see yourself working with this company?

15. What do you like most and least about working in this industry?

16. What questions do you have for me about this company/position?

17. What are your salary requirements?

18. Explain any gaps in your employment history. Explain any career changes and why you felt the need for a change.

19. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years?

20. Tell me a little about yourself.

Study these questions and decide on the answer that fits you best. Honesty and thoroughness are vital. Confidence is often the most important of all. Try not to make the answers too pat. A potential employer may see through ready-made answers. Also, make sure to listen. If you concentrate too heavily on how to answer the question you may not hear the question correctly.

Even with this guide, your interviewer is likely to have some questions for which you were unprepared. Questions like "Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?" and "Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind?" have been asked by the likes of Standford University and Spirit Airlines. The secret to answering these kinds of questions is to remain calm, answer quickly, and not be flustered by their unconventional nature.

Once you have read through and answered these questions for yourself, you will be ready to answer them out loud to someone else. Good luck.

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Fatal Attractions: The Most Dangerously Beautiful Places on Earth

by: Andrew Stratton (reading – 22.2. - 28.2.)

Like a moth to a flame, some attractions are so captivating that people can't seem to say no. Despite the danger, these spots draw more tourists every year.

For some reason, we are drawn to places that frighten us. For this reason, these attractions are an adrenaline junkie's dream.

Devil's Pool, Victoria Falls

When David Livingstone finally saw this giant wall of water in the heart of Africa, he could only name it after the most majestic name in his repertoire: Victoria Falls. The natives, however, already had a name for it. They called it Mosi-oa-tunya, the smoke that thunders. At 354 feet, it is over twice the height of Niagra Falls. It's the largest single sheet of water in the world, by both surface area and volume, and you can swim three feet from the precipice. The devil's pool is formed by an eddy where rocks at the top of the Zambezi wait to be eroded. Daredevils can stroll along a narrow strip of basalt to take a dip right at the edge of the falls and not plunge to their death, usually. Every year, a few people get dragged over the edge because they misjudge the current. Still, it is the most impossibly beautiful swimming pool you will ever find, and the vast majority of swimmers survive to agree.

Death Road, Bolivia

Some attractions may be more dangerous than beautiful, but knowing the risks make them more enticing (explain that, Darwin!). Camino de las Yungas is the Bolivian name for the sinuous mountain descent from La Paz, the world's highest national capital at 15,000 feet, to Coroico 4,000 feet below. The 'Death Road,' as tourists call it, is an actual public thoroughfare in use, and it is estimated that 200-300 people die every year on it. It has become a hit with the thrill-seeking crowd of backpackers that pass through the Bolivian Andes. For 50 Bolivianos (about seven dollars) you can rent a bike and ride the 30-mile route while avoiding traffic, and the 400-foot cliff is to your right. You can also opt to take the new main road. Your call.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Of all the attractions in the United States, only one is among the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is grandeur the way only nature can do. The Colorado River has sliced through the billions of years of limestone and sandstone to its present depth. Statistically, the people most likely to die are young men. By hopping along the rocks to pose for photos or take shortcuts, youthful indiscretion can be dangerous. Millions upon millions of people have been there, and only around 700 have died, so your odds are pretty good.

A trip to some of these spots may be rolling the dice, but big risks bring big rewards. Sometimes you just have to go.

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An Introduction to the Grizzly Bear

by: Marissa Ellis-Snow (reading – 29.2. - 6.3.)

Going bear watching in Canada? Here are some basic facts about the magnificent Grizzly Bear to take on board before you go.

If you're heading off on a bear watching tour in Canada, you should arm yourself with as much information as possible before you go. Although an expert guide will accompany you on the bear watching tour, having some basic facts at your disposal is always a good idea.

Introducing the Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly is actually a subspecies of the Brown Bear, which populates the west of Canada and the north west of the United States. It stands as tall as 2.5 metres and a fully-grown male adult can weigh 360kg.

Sustenance to Live

These animals have very cleverly adapted to their environment, and throughout the changing seasons their behaviour changes to accommodate the conditions. In the warmer months, they eat plenty to stock up their body's supply of fat so throughout the winter, when they are hibernating, they will have enough energy to survive. A daily feed may equal up to 40kg of food and lead to a weight gain of 1kg over 24 hours. What is most interesting is that they actually get most of their nutrition not from huge amounts of meat, but from nuts, fruit, leaves, insects, and roots. Small animals, such as sheep and rodents as well as fish also make up a small part of their diet. When food is scarcer, they will dig into the ground with their long claws and make good use of their strong shoulder muscles and you may see evidence of this throughout the duration of your bear watching tours.

Shelter for Hibernation

The bears inhabit their dens during the winter months and fall into a deep sleep in order to conserve as much energy as possible to see them through. Their heart rate slows down to just eight beats per minute, and if a female is pregnant during this time, she can even give birth in her sleep.

Skills for Survival

These animals have huge physical and mental strength. They are intelligent, have good memories, and their sense of smell is so good they can detect food from quite a distance away. They also run fast and can swim very well and the young can also climb trees.

Grizzly Bears are, unfortunately, on the threatened wildlife list. Despite being so powerfully equipped, they are no match for the threat incurred from humans. With increased logging encroaching on their habitat and coming into conflict with humans through no fault of their own, their survival is in jeopardy. However, much is currently being done to try to reverse these negative effects, and bear watching tours are an excellent way to raise awareness and educate people with regards to their plight.

About The Author

Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you're looking for bear watching holidays, Naturetrek specialises in expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to polar expeditions and tours to other spectacular regions on Earth.

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