It’s an adage we all know well: “It’s not just what you know; it’s who you know.” I think it has survived over time because it’s true, especially professionally. Building a network is one of the key strategies for any of us to advance our careers. But what do people do if they don’t have an established network? Finding a job and changing careers becomes that much more challenging.
, we believe that diversity of race, gender, culture, education, work experience and thought is at the very core of our success; it’s what drives our innovation. As we continue our rapid growth, we are focused on keeping this competitive advantage
. Our Corporate Social Responsibility program, .heart
, has developed several initiatives to make sure we not only hire a diverse workforce today, but that we also help prepare the future workforce.
One of our .heart initiatives is to expand our own network in 2019 — and we’re doing it in both traditional and non-traditional ways. We’ve created apprenticeships, returnships, and scholarship programs, and we’ve aligned with organizations that help women and under-represented groups pursue their love of technology. We’re also asking our network to share their .heart by giving their best “Xpertise” and “Xperiences.”
We started this “Xpert Advice” campaign at the Watermark Conference
in San Jose, CA on February 21-22. We asked attendees to share their favorite pieces of career advice on post-its and place it on our advice wall. Here are some highlights from the 300 pieces of advice we collected:
Be Bold, Be Strong
- Have confidence and be yourself in all situations.
- Don’t be afraid to be the only one, or the first one, to do something.
- Know your worth and ask for what you want.
Follow your passion and don’t give up
- Don't stop at your first rejection. Keep going to the next opportunity.
- Perseverance is key. Keep strong despite the odds.
- Follow your heart and don’t get discouraged.
- Stay true to your goals.
Practical tips for success
- Look people in the eye, shake hands and remember his/her name.
- Put time in the calendar for you each day.
- Meet one new person each day.
- Don’t join a band.
- Don’t say “I’m sorry” so much.
We want your advice too! Here’s how you can share:
Let’s all share our Xpertise and Xpand our networks.