[ Skip Main Nav ]

Phoenix Forward - Networking - University of Phoenix RSS feed

5 simple tips for people who hate networking

People love to hate on professional networking: It’s transactional, they say — a drab, white room with people mechanically exchanging business cards. I used to think so, too. Before founding The Muse, I was the world’s worst professional networker. I knew, in theory, that it was important — to get a new job, to get a promotion or advance a career, to make connections or learn ...

Perfecting your elevator pitch

What’s an elevator pitch, and why do you need one?

“An elevator pitch is a 30-second, 90-word marketing tool for job seekers,” explains Eleanor Augur, MA, a career coach with Phoenix Career Services™. “It’s a commercial where you’re the star — you’re selling your skills, ...

Networking with style

The days of looking for posted job openings and then sending out resumés are rapidly falling by the wayside, according to a 2013 Jobvite hiring survey. It found that 94 percent of job recruiters use social networking to search for candidates, and 78 percent of those recruiters have hired based on that approach....

Make small talk work for you

Some people become tongue-tied even at the idea of having to make polite conversation at social events or business functions. But small talk is no big deal. By definition, it’s just informal or uncontroversial chatter.

“Keep in mind that you don’t have to divulge your entire life to a person ...

Networking tips for techies

Networking doesn’t just refer to connecting servers. Today’s competitive job market calls for schmoozing — which can strike fear in the hearts of techies.

“[Technical] personalities … are less likely to fit into traditional business circles,” says Troy Tuckett, MS, a software developer and online ...

5 networking tips for health administrators

Heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While that might be true for some industries, in health administration, both aspects are equally important.

“What lands people jobs,” says Dean Athanassiades, MS, an online instructor ...

5 ways to follow proper LinkedIn etiquette

At a cocktail party, you probably wouldn’t approach someone you didn’t know and ask for a job recommendation. You have to build relationships in life, and the same is generally true for your LinkedIn® network, says David Horen, project coordinator on the Phoenix Career Services™ team.

The best LinkedIn tips for veterans

If you’re a veteran who served many years in the military, you may be unsure how to get into today’s civilian job market — including through the LinkedIn® professional networking website.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone, says Garland Williams, PhD, a retired U.S. ...

How to choose professional associations

Joining an industry organization can help advance your career, so it’s no wonder there are close to a 100,000 professional and trade associations in the country, according to the American Society of Association Executives. 

It’s important not just to join a group because it has your profession’s name ...

5 ways networking can support your startup

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur in today’s competitive marketplace, it’s not enough to hang a virtual shingle on the Internet announcing that you’re open for business, and then kick back.

“If you’re really determined to create a thriving small business,” says Dave ...

5 ways teachers can network for jobs

If you’re looking to land your first teaching job or move from your current position to one in a more desirable school district, it’s not enough to hone your interview skills, says Alfonso Alva, an instructor in the master’s in education programs at the University of Phoenix Main Campus.

5 ways to get your resumé noticed

Is job hunting more difficult than ever before in our lifetimes? That’s hard to answer, but the anecdotal evidence points to the affirmative: Procter & Gamble received 1 million resumés for 2,000 job openings in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Graduating? How to thrive in a tough job market

As college students prepare for graduation, the excitement, for many, is clouded by anxiety about finding a job. This is compounded by the weak economy and a job market that, although improving, is still quite tough. Those seeking jobs in new fields may be especially nervous about the prospects of a lengthy search, but Juergen Korbanka, PhD, executive director ...

7 tips for choosing the right business conference

In today’s era of tight expense budgets, a conference’s cost and location can either attract or deter attendance, according to Di Gaetano, who spent nearly 30 years in human resources management for UPS and other companies.

“Registration fees for events in major cities can cost upward of $5,000, plus ...

5 habits of highly successful job seekers

Today's job market is tough. But landing your dream job is still within reach if you know how to set yourself apart from the pack. Here are five tips from human resources experts on how to be a successful job seeker:

1. Be honest. Whether it's your resume or how you present yourself in an ...