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Why join proffesional societies or associations as a student?

I have been a member of a few professional societies as a student member. Should I continue with them? How can I better take advantage of them if I do? I am a student member of The American Psychological Association Division 52: International Psychology and The APA div 14: The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. They cost around $25 each annually but I don't feel I am taking advantage of them. I don't attend conferences due to the expense so I miss some of the networking benefits. There are usually forums for communication but the activity levels are fairly low. I have gotten access to some books and tons of articles and that's cool. Other than this, is it really worthwhile for me to be a member? If so, how can I better participate as an essentially online only member?
posted by Che boludo! on Apr 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Coffee meeting with a potential employer... the aftermath?

Following a coffee meeting with a potential employer at a major company, I've been asked to complete a research proposal. I've also been asked to submit a vendor registration and will be filing a nondisclosure agreement. If the proposal goes through, it looks as though I'll be completing this project through the company's market research department, but not necessarily as an employee. I'm just wondering if any others have had a similar experience, and if it's a common pre-hiring process. [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Use headhunter as well as the boss-approved method to get an interview?

I was contacted about a job with a company by a HR recruiter (not from that company) on LinkedIn. I was aware of this job from the company’s website and also I have a friend who is working at that company in a peer position. That friend said he spoke to his boss, and his boss said I should apply for the job via the company's website, so I did. Would there be any benefit following up with the HR recruiter from LinkedIn anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I network when I don't know what I want

I am moving to a new city for personal reasons and I need to find a job. This weekend I will be in the new city and will go to the pub where my school's local alumni club for that city is meeting. I'd like to make a good impression on the people that I meet, and, in doing so, to productively advance my job search. The problem? I don't know what I want to do. How do I make a good first impression without having a direction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 8 answers

How would you want to be turned down for a job?

I'm in the process of interviewing mid-senior level candidates and would like to let them know when they are not making it to the next level in the process. If you were a job hunter in this situation what would you want to hear while being turned down for further consideration? I'm looking for an email script! [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Jul 26, 2013 - 30 answers

I want you(r division) to want (to hire) me

A division of a very large company does exactly what I'd like to be doing with my career. I'm currently retraining in a way that aligns me more closely with what they do. In the past, I've asked individual practitioners or heads of small companies in my (previous) field out for coffee to ask them for advice and to see whether they might have any opportunities for which I could be a good fit, but I don't know how to do this with a large company. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2013 - 4 answers

How does on properly "network" when looking for a new job?

When job searching, how do you successfully network without looking tacky, blowing your cover at your current job, looking desperate - just general rules for avoiding acting in poor taste, whatever that would look like? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 11, 2013 - 5 answers

How to get another position at a company I'm temping at

I'm a temp/consultant at a Fortune 100 company. My project is ending soon and I to find another one. How do I do so? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 28, 2012 - 3 answers

How to decline drinking for networking repeatedly while not appearing uptight.

In the past year, a lot of networking opportunities have involved drinking. "Let's grab a drink together," "We're having drinks and reading our work at my place," "You should grab a drink with my friend so-and-so, he'll tell you the downlow on this job," etc. Which is all fine and dandy except for the drinking bit... how do I decline to drink and still take advantage of these? [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Aug 9, 2012 - 52 answers

Is pledging really an advantage?

Does a Greek affiliation really help in the real world? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Jun 15, 2012 - 17 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

IT future?

I have the opportunity for free education/certification in practically any IT field. Please help me decide the best route.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Can my boss be my mentor?

I'd like to ask my boss to be a mentor for my careee development. How do I do it? Any pitfalls? What should I keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by Hellebore on Mar 13, 2012 - 5 answers

How to network with higher ups while on the inside of a company?

I'm starting a contract position at a Fortune 500 company. How can I network my way into a job? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me with my networking skills--I need to get over my reluctance to ask people for help in my job hunt.

Help me with my networking skills--I need to get over my reluctance to ask people for help in my job hunt. [more inside]
posted by raynax on Jan 20, 2012 - 11 answers

If networking is a garden, I have a brown thumb

How do I cultivate my professional network when it doesn't seem to be growing at all? [more inside]
posted by never nice on Jan 9, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I rebound from being fired?

I was just fired from my job because I didn't meet performance expectations. It's a terrible feeling. How can I best learn from this experience and attack the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 19 answers

My linked in is blowing up

I have had a rash of contacts in the last few days asking about a specific job at my company. I sort of know the hiring manager, but not well enough to just send every random person his way. Basically, I want to blow off these networking inquiries from my colleagues and acquaintances, but maintain cordial relations. How do I handle this delicate task? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on May 11, 2011 - 18 answers

I don't want to appear ungrateful and entitled...

I just made a great networking connection who wants to help me in my job search, but how can I explain that the companies he wants to introduce me to aren't ones I'm interested in? [more inside]
posted by droolshark on May 2, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I contact somene I don't know and not come off like a weirdo?

I recently went to a film screening and Q&A. I didn't go to the mic to ask one of the panelists my question. How would I ask it now? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Feb 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Some last-minute advice for a networking newbie?

I'm part of a committee at a sociology summit, which goes for two days and began today. Tomorrow's networking session, which will conclude the summit, is officially a half-hour long. How can I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by DenLaerde on Oct 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Have the job search methods laid out in What Color Is Your Parachute worked for you?

Have the job search methods laid out in What Color Is Your Parachute worked for you? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Underwriters of the world unite

How do I go about forming mutually beneficial transnational business relationships from scratch? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Jun 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Networking - What am I missing?

I think networking is the missing element to my rather unsuccessful job search effort. Any suggestions as to how I could grow my network usefully? How much about "networking" is hype? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Building business relationships with high level people

Help me figure out proper business networking with high level people. [more inside]
posted by fishtacos on Sep 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I tell my boss that I'm planning to move on?

I'm looking for specific guidance (based on experience or intuition) about whether or not to tell my boss that I am planning a career transition--and whether/how to approach the boss about helping me find a job that will better suit my talents, interest and ambitions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 - 8 answers

How can I network around the cold, impersonal government job hiring process?

There's a job opening and it turns out I have a contact there. How can I make the most of it without just being told to "apply online"? [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica on Aug 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Career / resume / job hunting advice for moving to a big city and looking for an engineering / government job.

Career / resume / job hunting advice for moving to a big city and looking for an engineering / government job. Looking for advice to help me squeeze every bit of juice out of my first job which I consider to be a very rare job for someone of my background, age, and experience. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Networking 101.5

Career networking issues: I need super-explicit advice about how to utilize connections, set up informational interviews, and, well, network. [more inside]
posted by chickletworks on Jun 12, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I follow up with my networking contacts?

An alum from my school said he would pass my resume around to employers in his city. I want to follow up with him. What to say? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 21, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I build up a celebrity clientele?

How can I more effectively build up my business so as to have a celebrity clientele? [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark on Nov 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Getting information from an informational interview

I've set up some informational interviews. Now, what do I ask the people so I don't seem like a dumbass? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Discreet job inquiry?

I'm employed, but looking for a new job. I'd like to apply for a job with a cool company, but my current company has a content partnership with them. Someone I work closely with manages this business relationship, and I fear it might get back to him somehow if I were to apply. Can I discreetly apply for this position without risking anyone at my current job finding out?
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2006 - 16 answers

I wish I knew what I wanted to be when I grow up.

I don't think I'm in the right line of work and I'd like talk to people in the fields I'm interested in at the companies I'd like to work for and find out more about what they do. How do I go about this if my network/my network's network and their networks haven't been able to help? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Dec 6, 2006 - 3 answers

What's the next logical career choice for a senior analyst?

What's the next logical career choice for a senior analyst? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm on Oct 19, 2005 - 9 answers

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