In the 1970’s and 1980’s American students drank more milk than caffeinated beverages. Today the opposite is true. During this same time period malls were the primary mode of mass business. Today that mass business has shifted to an online environment.
Everyone who’s anyone is on Facebook. The Facebook iPhone app is one of my favorite apps. It makes it very easy to communicate with all of my friends as well as business connections. I am invited to quite a few business events locally and I like to send invites as well.
Whether you’re just getting started building your social media network or you’re a seasoned pro who’s thinking about doing a major re-haul, here are seven steps you can take to help you build the right connections.
Ad Aware. Are you aware of the reason why your computer seems so sluggish after you’ve been surfing the web all day? It’s because when you click on some websites, they automatically download tracking programs and malware onto your hard drive so they can monitor your web activity, and then bombard you with spam and popups. What a sleazy way to do business! The good news is, Ad Aware tracks these computer leeches and wipes them clean off your hard drive. My friend Lisa told me about this program last year when my computer was having some problems, and I’m happy to report that my baby is now running at peak performance. Thanks, Lisa!
I was in your shoes once and you know what I did? Can you beat my betting stats?. Hopefully by the time you read this article, you still have some time left before your college career is over. Go get off your lazy butt and find an internship. Whether it’s paid or unpaid, you will need that experience to land your first full time job. I’m not saying its mandatory but it’s definitely a plus. If the internship is paid, good for you! However if it’s unpaid, do not be discourage. You should not worry about making money now, as money will come in the long run after you get your experience. Push your pride away for a little while. It will be worth it.
Don’t focus only on the billable hour rate. If you’re hesitating between someone who costs you $250 per hour and someone else at $350 per hour, don’t make your decision strictly on cost. What matters are two things: first what the final bill will be and, second, what value who will have received. The hourly rate is a red herring. What is the point of asking someone to do a job for you at $250 per hour if the person needs 40 hours for the job where the other lawyer at $350 per hour only needs 20 hours? Particularly if the other lawyer can do a better job for you. Billing policy is too much of a thorny and elaborate issue to address in a few lines. My point is simply that the hourly rate is not the be all and the end all.
How can you choose the right career? This answer depends on your attitude and goals towards your potential career. You need to know what you like to do and what your interests are.
Many people would testify hat they were able to professionally establish themselves because they started as interns. Internships also provide a way to get to know the important people.