Entries in "networking"

July 28, 2006

online impression management

I attended a UCITE seminar yesterday given by Jeremy Smith and Heidi Cool. It included a brief overview of how to use websites and blogs to help raise your online professional profile. While the audience for the session was primarily faculty and administrators, I believe that much of the same ideas apply for management students.

Jeremy promises an audio file of the session soon, and I hope my students will listen to his pitch, which focuses on the importance of understanding and shaping the information that potential employers will find about you if they google you before inviting you in for a job interview. Many students do not understand that things they write on their social blogs or on facebook may be visible to employers and help shape others' impressions of them.

Heidi has also provided some useful tutorials on the Web Development blog, including this on how to learn HTML and this followup on how she completed her suggested homework assignment. Heidi has also made a number of other valuable contributions to the Web Development blog, so if you are thinking about developing your own website, be sure to poke around!

What do you think -- is it important for a prospective employee to have an online presence? Why or why not? Do you google prospective employees? When and why?

January 05, 2006

Academic job searches

One of the great ironies of the past 7 years I have spent advising doctoral students is that they turn to me for job search advice. There seems to be an assumption that since I graduated from the University of Michigan Business School, and got a job at Case, I must know what I'm doing. The full professor who hired me likes to say that I was a tough negotiator, which amuses me, since I accepted the job offer within 10 days of receiving it, and the only negotiation of substance that I remember was about my desire to receive a laptop instead of a standard-issue desktop computer. Perhaps, like many professors, I used to have wisdom on this subject and have merely forgotten it.

The fact of the matter is that I don't have much experience. I interviewed for 13 different job openings at the Academy of Management conference in August, 1997, and had received signals from 2 schools by mid-November that they might invite me to give a job talk. Case pre-empted the market by inviting me to give a job talk in November instead of January or February (which is the typical interview time in my field) and made me a job offer almost immediately. I decided to take it, and never went on those other 2 potential job talk trips.

Of course, I probably have more experience than most of my colleagues, since many of them haven't been on the job market (to my knowledge) since the late 1980s. MBA enrollments were booming then and it was easy to get a job teaching in a business school, even without a completed dissertation (or so I've been told). The hard part was getting a job at a "good school" -- which is, of course, defined differently depending on who is looking for the job.

Perhaps I make up for the experience that I lack by reading essays like this one by "Barney Rogers" (a pseudonym) in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Perhaps it is healthy that I consider testing the market to see what is out there for someone like me, with a strong research focus and publication record 7 years after earning my Ph.D. Perhaps it is not only good for me, but also for my current school, that I generate interest in my research by giving talks at some good schools... even if it means that the school must take on the risk that I might actually be enticed away from Case and Cleveland.

Still, it has always seemed a bit odd that Deans rely on job offers made to their professors by faculty at other schools to gauge a professor's market value. Why would we trust a relatively unknown group of people at a "prestigious school" more than we trust senior colleagues in the professor's home department? I guess I may be learning more about this process over the next year or two. Maybe when I'm finished with my own mid-career job search, I can write a column for the Chronicle under my own pseudonym.

October 08, 2005

An entire country, networked without wires...

David Pollard shared a link to a press release from Rogers Communications and Bell Canada announcing a plan to install high-speed wireless networks in all the populated areas of Canada within three years.

That raises the ante a bit on OneCleveland's efforts to wire downtown, doesn't it? What if we didn't think of ourselves as in a race with Philadelphia, but as part of a relay-race team with them in the competition with the country to our north?

Of course, it won't be free; not with Rogers Communications involved. And I can't figure out from the press release if the network will allow internet access at the same kind of ultra broadband speeds that OneCleveland argues are the infrastructure on which high tech development must be based. Still, it's intriguing. I wonder if businesses will see this as a reason to base themselves in Canadian cities? It might give cities like Toronto an edge in attracting immigrant entrepreneurs or joint ventures. Time will tell...

September 22, 2005

learning the presentation of self

We are wrapping up our discussion of self-assessment and impression management in MGMT 250, and the students are practicing introducing themselves. Last week, many students conducted mock interviews on campus, and today, most of them will attend the Career Fair. (Trevor probably won't, though, because he got a job offer for next summer at the end of his mock interview!)

All throughout this first part of the course, we have talked about the tricky balancing act of promoting ourselves and our strengths while remaining authentic.

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February 02, 2005

The Status of Breastfeeding in NEOhio

The latest research from the Centers for Disease Control shows that in Cuyahoga County, only 55% of infants are ever breastfed, and only 25% continue to be breastfed at 6 months of age, which is below the average rates in other parts of the country, and far below the target rates that were set for 2010 by the Department of Health and Human Services Blueprint for Action.

See this entry in the Frequently Asked Questions category for additional information.

If we wish to invest in our children's health, we must not accept this status quo. A team of researchers from the Weatherhead School of Management is working to create a learning and advocacy network to support breastfeeding in Northeast Ohio. Learn more at the NorthEast Ohio Breastfeeding Education and Advocacy Network (NEOBEAN).