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APTR 500 Contest Rules

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APTR 500 Contest Terms and Conditions


1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open to anyone in the U.S.  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of APTR as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign. 3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting 5/15/2018 on and ending 5/23/2018. All online entries must be received by 5/23/2018 by 12:00 PM Eastern Time. 4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by “commenting” on the album with the number of the Team you believe will win a running box car relay race that will be ran on May 23, 2018. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of APTR.  You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of APTR. 5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive one (1) Race Day Themed Prize. Value of $30. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by APTR. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at APTR discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for APTR to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. 6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. 7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected from entries received, with the correct guess of the winning team under the supervision of APTR. Winner will be notified by email within one hour following selection of Winner. APTR shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content, You understand and agree that APTR, anyone acting on behalf of APTR, and APTR licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. Optional verbiage for Contest: By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of APTR. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless APTR from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which APTR may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right. 9. Terms & Conditions: APTR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond APTR's control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, APTR may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by APTR. APTR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. APTR has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, APTR reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. 10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless APTR and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries. 11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF INDIANA WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Indiana having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. 12. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the APTR Facebook website. 13. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is APTR. 14. By submitting an entry, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.



ANCHOR Values and Vision

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Earlier this year, we developed a set of Values and a Vision Statement for Anchor Point which I'd like to share with our clients, our consultants, and the community. During this process, two main things were of primary importance to me:

To have collaborative input from the team to ensure the values were truly reflective of our culture, both today        as well guiding principles to move us forward

- To truly understand what makes us unique as a company in a fast-paced, highly competitive industry

At first, the idea of using the term "Midwestern Values" in the vision statement seemed somewhat colloquial.  The perception that the Midwest is slower paced and less competitive from a business perspective than the coasts influenced my thoughts that this was not a good idea.  But when you consider the positive aspects of family and community first, integrity over winning, and relationship driven business interactions, it's a differentiator that I strongly embrace.  Valuing the hard work and talent of our amazing team and demonstrating day in and day out genuine respect for the candidates we work with is integral to our culture.  In the end, this gave me confidence that it's not just okay to embrace Midwestern values in the staffing industry, it's our 'secret sauce'.  


A – Appreciative - We value the hard work and effort put forth by our team, our clients, and our consultants.

N – Nurture – We listen, we care, we serve.

C – Celebrate - We support our team and celebrate our wins.

H – Honesty -  We do what we say we’ll do.

O – Optimism -  We face challenges with resiliency.

R – Relationship-Driven - We believe in people and value relationships.

Vision Statement

To build upon our reputation as the leading regional Staffing Solutions company embodying Midwestern values of honesty, integrity, perseverance and servant leadership.  To achieve the highest levels of quality and value for our clients and candidates through relationship driven practices by investing in our team and community.



Three Ways to Avoid Burnout

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It’s no secret that Millenials are actually workaholics—but this tendency to be a “work martyr” has a debilitating side effect: burnout. Burnout is a type of job stress that comes with physical, mental, and/or emotional exhaustion and doubts about your competence or importance at work, and it can have a significant impact on employee productivity, performance, and overall happiness with their jobs.

But never fear! If you notice yourself starting to experience the symptoms of burnout, there are ways to get ahead of it. Here are three tips to avoid burnout and stay happy and productive on the job.

1.       Switch up your lunch routine
It sounds simple, but something as simple as switching up where you go for lunch (or actually going to lunch, if you usually work through it), getting outside and taking a walk, or doing a quick lunchtime workout can do wonders for your health and motivation. You’ll come back to work feeling clear-headed and refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day.

2.       Ask for new responsibilities
It may be counterintuitive, but asking for a new responsibility at work may help you feel like your work is more important or valued—one of the key indicators of burnout. Volunteering to help with an upcoming event, starting an office-wide incentive program, or even offering to help your boss with that report that’s due at the end of the week can help you feel like your work is more important and give you something to look forward to.

3.       Take your vacation days
Millenials are more likely to forfeit their vacation time compared to other generations—24% of millennials gave up the time off they’d earned (compared to 19% of GenXers and 17% of Baby Boomers). But people who use their vacation days are happier and more productive at work. So book that cruise, plan a road trip, or even have a stay-cation with some cozy blankets and your Netflix queue. Your boss will (probably) thank you.

Have you experienced burnout on the job? What tactics helped you overcome it? 


“Do You Have any Questions for Us?”

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You’ve made it through the bulk of the interview – you had a solid answer to the classic “tell me about yourself,” breezed through the technical questions (hopefully), showed the interviewers that you’d be a great cultural fit through your sparkling sense of humor, and now they’re politely staring at you asking “do you have any questions for us?”

Instead of folding up your padfolio and saying “no, I think that’s everything,” take advantage of this opportunity to learn a little more about the role and the company—and give the interviewers another great reason to remember your name. Here are five starting places for great questions to ask your interviewers:



Company Research

Check out the company’s website and any news that’s been released about them recently, and use it to formulate questions. Did they recently acquire another company? Ask about the transition. Launch a new product? Ask about the development process. Showing the interviewers that you’re knowledgeable about the company’s current events is a great way to demonstrate your interest.

Refer to an Earlier Topic

Reference back to something you discussed earlier in the interview (or in a previous phone interview) that could benefit from some further clarification. Did they ask how big of a team you’d worked on in your current job? Ask what size team you’d be working on. Did they ask you about challenges you’ve faced while working on a project? Ask what challenges they currently have on the project (or anticipate having on a new project). Show that you’ve been paying attention and are curious about the project.

Think About Workplace Culture

Ask the interviewer to take you through “a day in the life” at the company. Are people usually at their desks working by 7:45 or are they still wandering in at 8:15? Quiet around lunchtime or do people work through lunch? Are there all-department meetings once a week? This is a great way to get the interviewers talking honestly and openly about the culture so you can determine whether your personality would be a good fit.

Talk About the Project

If you’re interviewing for a spot on a specific team or working on a specific project, use this opportunity to learn everything you can about it. You don’t want to be a month in to your six-month contract only to find out that the project doesn’t interest you at all. Ask about the people leading it, the end product or goal, and the motivations for doing the project. If you know the scope ahead of time, you’re more likely to follow it through to completion. And if the scope or timeline doesn’t sound realistic, you can bring it up in advance and avoid a headache later.

Get (Appropriately) Personal

Ask the interviewers for their opinions – why do they love working for this company? What do they look forward to when they come to work every day? What’s the coolest thing they’ve ever done as part of their job? This is another great way to get down to the true culture of the company, and give you a sense of what your interviewers (and potential new managers) value about their jobs.

Want more tips for how to successfully interview for your dream job? Contact one of our recruiters today!


Thank You Note Tips & Tricks

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One of the easiest and most forgotten methods to show a hiring manager that you are truly interested in a position after an interview is writing a thank you letter. Although the business world has become less formal over the years, CareerBuilder did a survey proving the importance of this simple step in the interviewing process. According to this survey, managers are 22% less likely to hire a candidate if they do not send a thank you letter after the interview, 56% of supervisors feel like they are less serious about the position, and 86% of employers feel like it shows a lack of follow-through.  So, as you can tell by the data we need to make this a priority after interviewing to show interest and convey the right work ethic.



It is highly recommended to send the email within 24 hours of the interview. This is because the interview is still fresh in the hiring manager’s mind and it will allow you a chance to prove that you are a great fit for the role and the company.


First and foremost, thank the interviewer(s) for their time and express interest in the role and possibility of joining the team/company. If there was something that you agreed on with the hiring manager during the interview that seems important to them, make sure to include this because it will reiterate the fact that you are a good fit for the role and will be a great culture fit.  Next, express why you think that you would be a great fit for the position. For example, include information about your technical and soft skills that are important to the role according to what you heard during the interview and what skill sets they are looking for according to the job description.

On the other hand, we know that all interviews do not go smoothly and sometimes we get tripped up on questions and contemplate about how we wish we would have answered a question another way. This is the perfect opportunity to reference the question you didn’t answer to the best of your ability and show the hiring manager that you are a good fit for the role.


There are a couple of ways you can use your recruiter in this process. One way that may come to mind is having them send the thank you letter on your behalf to the hiring manager. This is a great way to keep your recruiter in the loop of all the communication that is occurring between you and the hiring manager throughout the interview process. Likewise, if the hiring manager gave you their contact information during the interview and you want to reach out directly it is strongly recommended to copy the recruiter on the email so everyone is on the same page.

Another way to use your recruiter is to have them check your thank you letter for spelling and grammatical errors. If there is a mistake in the thank you letter it could depreciate the overall impression the hiring manager may have of you. Take advantage of having a recruiter and let them help you throughout the entire interview and hiring process!




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It is that time of the year again for the Coding4Kindness annual event! Anchor Point was honored to help Salesforce and AgileForce earlier this week for the first time with this event. Salesforce’s 1-1-1 philanthropy model was truly inspiring to participate in and witness as brilliant team members worked with local, non-profit organizations to assist with technology solutions. This 12-hour hackathon involved anything from email template designs to assisting with company website issues so that businesses could conduct business more efficiently.

The event was held in a large conference room in the Gibson building in downtown Indianapolis where the non-profit representatives met with product owners, scrum masters, developers, designers, and other professionals to get their products implemented and meet their business needs. Each representative explained what the product was and what they wanted the end goal to be. Once that was established, the various team members collaborated, came up with a game plan, and hacked away to meet their goals.

Throughout the day, Anchor Point ensured that Salesforce volunteers were rewarded for all of their hard work and had a lot of fun doing it! We did this by holding tournaments for foosball, ping pong, and pool and participating in raffle drawings with great prizes. Furthermore, the day was filled with yummy goodies including candy, doughnuts, cupcakes, a burger bar, and an amazing Hawaiian barbecue dinner.

We had an amazing time helping Salesforce employees, and we cannot say enough about how incredible they are and how much of an impact this event will have on the organizations and the community. 


When Can You Wear Jeans to an Interview?

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Congratulations! You just received the phone call saying the hiring manager would like to have an onsite interview with you. You immediately start thinking about questions you want to ask the hiring manager, preparing answers for questions they may ask you, and getting familiar with the company. Now it is time to consider one of the most important parts of the interview: your attire.

It’s been said a million times that first impressions can make or break the job interview, and this is becoming even more important with so many types of industries, company cultures, dress codes, etc. They may have even told you that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed, but this old adage may not be as sound as it once was. Since business casual has become increasing popular, some managers may not want to consider you for the position if you are too overdressed or underdressed.  So what should you wear to the job interview?

With so many resources on the internet, you should take time to research the company’s culture, values, and dress code. If you notice that the workplace is still on the conservative side, you will want to wear the traditional suit and tie for males or a pant suit or skirt for females. On the other hand, if the company is on the informal side and they tend to wear jeans and a tee shirt to work there are several options. For males, it is recommended to wear khakis or nice pair of jeans (darker wash, no holes and not faded) and a nice button down or polo to an interview. Moreover, women can still lean towards a nice pair of jeans and top but it is also recommended to wear slacks and a nice top or casual dress.  



With so many options, how do you know when it is appropriate to wear the jeans to the job interview?  This should come down to the position that you applied to. If you are interviewing for a managerial role or business-facing position, such as a project manager or business analyst, it is recommended to wear khakis and a button down or polo for men or slacks and a nice top or casual dress for women. If you have an interview for a technical position and will not be business facing, it is appropriate to wear jeans and a nicer top or casual dress to the job interview.





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If you are worried about looking too underdressed, wear a business casual outfit. Remember, you are going on a job interview and need to impress the hiring manager but also need to make sure that you look the part and look like a good culture fit. Dress to impress so you can get the job offer you want! 


Two Traits Hiring Managers Look For (That Aren't On Your Resume)

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You've found the perfect job, written a stellar resume and a captivating cover letter, and have landed the interview. You're dressed to impress and know that your skills match the position description perfectly--but what else is the hiring manager looking for? What won't they see on your resume?

Hiring managers evaluate candidates on much more than just their technical skills. The interview process should bring out more than just your hard skills--it should also include who you are as a member of the team. More than anything else, the in-person interview is a way for the manager, and the team member, to evaluate how you fit into the existing puzzle. Here are two traits that hiring managers will look for in your interview that they won't find on your resume, and that we have heard over and over for the past couple years.

First, Passion. Early in my recruiting career, a hiring manager told me – “you can’t train passion,” He is right. There are a lot of skills that can be trained, but passion is not one of them. How do you show passion? Be excited about what you’ve done. We know work isn’t always exciting, so show your enthusiasm by mentioning hobbies you enjoy outside of the office. I once sat in on an interview where a 25-year-old candidate was so excited about knitting that I considered learning to knit.

Second, ask good questions. It shows you are intrinsically curious and helps build rapport with the interviewer. Recently, someone told me they asked the interviewer, “who is your hero in the company?" This question alone will make a candidate be memorable and show they are interested in more than surface-level information.

There are a lot of ways in which you can be memorable and set yourself apart, these are just a couple things we’ve heard from multiple hiring managers at organizations across Indy.  

Ashley Reller is an account manager in our Indianapolis office. You can find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.


3 Productivity Tips to Keep the Momentum Going

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Congratulations! It’s the last week of January 2016, and we’re positive you haven’t broken any of those New Year’s Resolutions yet. But just in case you’re starting to feel the creep of procrastination throughout the work day, try out these three tips to get yourself back on track.
1. Plan your day the night before.
We’ve all been there. You’re rushing into the office after dealing with traffic and you open your email and you’ve got 15 new messages to respond to, and already your boss is asking you for something. Before you know it, it’s noon and you haven’t started on what you meant to accomplish today.
Taking 10 minutes at the end of your day to write out your tasks and goals for the following day, perhaps even going so far as to schedule when you’ll work on each, can save you a lot of sanity. Give yourself leeway to respond to urgent matters as they come up, but stick to your task list as much as possible. Writing your list of to-do items down while it’s still in your head will make you much less likely to forget tasks and miss deadlines.
2. Tackle difficult tasks early.
A friend has a quote pinned to his desk: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” It’s his daily reminder that all of the things he doesn’t want to do—or may be afraid to do—will end up being the most rewarding. Get these things out of the way early and see how the rest of your day changes when you’re not dreading them anymore.
Schedule these things early in the day—once you’ve had your coffee—and eliminate distractions while you’re doing them. Send your phone to voicemail, close the Facebook tab, and focus all of your energy on getting whatever it is done. Reward yourself with a little break, a fresh cup of coffee, and a walk once you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.
3. Set realistic expectations.
It can be easy when you’re creating your task list to just do a “brain dump” and write down everything you can think of that needs to be accomplished. But putting all of that on your list for one day, then leaving many things unstarted, can be a major hit on our self-esteem and lead us to think we’re not being as productive as we are. 
Do the brain dump, but then realistically estimate what you can get done in your day. Leave only those things on your list, then commit yourself to getting them done. Then keep the other list as the backup, just in case you’re more productive than you thought you could be!
With just a bit of organization and planning, days can go from chaotic to controlled, and we can all go from procrastinator to productivity master. What are your best productivity tips? Let us know on Twitter at @AnchorPointTR!

How to Succeed at Networking Events

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Networking—such a feared word, but why? Networking is the most beneficial way to grow your career and your circle of contacts. We do not like networking events because it’s hard to see the benefits of the pre-arranged “Hello, my name is,” super-awkward networking events. And after two very long hours, you leave with two useless business cards. As recruiters, we’re outgoing, have high energy levels, and can honestly talk to a tree, but networking events can bring out the timid, uncomfortable version of ourselves. We go into networking events optimistic and excited, but leave feeling like they were a waste of time. We like the idea of networking more than networking itself.


But networking is vital to both personal growth and career development. Your network, or your circle of friends and associates, is a group that you can personally draw energy from and keeps you going. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals brings career growth and ambition. Building high quality relationships with your peers is fundamental to your career. Whether you are networking for a new job, career advancement, business development, referrals, or personal growth, it does not matter—interacting and connecting peer-to-peer is important! The concept and definition of networking has probably been beaten into your head and is a word you do not want to hear, but maybe if we looked at networking in a new light, you can take advantage of the relationships you built.


Networking can create new opportunities, find new connections (when you meet someone new you are also building a connection with their network too), and building your own self-confidence. The more you network, the more comfortable you become with the idea.


Here are some of our tips, tricks, and pointers to look at networking in an unconventional way!


First, you must create a plan. Why are you networking and how do you accomplish it successfully? 
It’s a new year and a great time to get a plan in motion, but building a plan is essential to your success. Set networking goals for 2016 and create a plan so that you can accomplish those goals! This step is largely over looked or people usually just “wing it” and improvise. There are several questions you can yourself to create your plan: Who do I want to meet? Where can I meet them? How do I create the foundation for a relationship? You can answer these questions very broadly or very specifically, but figure out your goals for networking and that will help you create your networking plan. 


Second, networking can be done anywhere. 


There are formal and informal network settings, and use both to your advantage. There are daily routine situations that present a way to meet new people—these are those “right place right time” situations, and if we take advantage of those situations that we can grow our circle of peers. The most successful networkers do not just network through traditional approaches, but connect with others through their daily routines. Initiate a random conversation in the grocery store, coffee shop, or airport. Jump into a conversation and introduce yourself. 
On the other hand, attend the formal networking events. Use the plan that you created to meet the right people and learn the right things about those around you. Set a goal and make sure to attend events each month! Find events that will benefit you that are related to your industry or field. There are so many online resources you can use to find groups of people that have common interests, so use those sites for your benefit! (One of our favorites is


Third, work to build lasting relationships. Ever heard the song, “make new friends, but keep the old”? The same goes with your connections! Networking can bring in a lot of new connections and help build new relationships, but make sure to grow those relationships and build deeper relationships. Follow up with coffee and lunch, send thank you notes, keep in touch, and stay connected. Make sure you check in with your contacts; you do not need a reason to reach out. In today’s world, keeping up with relationships is so easy with social media and email, so use those outlets to benefit your relationships. And don’t forgot about meeting people for lunch or sending something through the mail—that’s how you can stand out.


Fourth, make the time! All of us have found events and planned on attending different local networking groups, but always make excuses because we are too busy! If you say you are too busy, it’s time to rethink your priorities. With everything on your plate between work life and personal life, networking does not seem important. Take the time, whether it is one event a month or every other week. And when you are not at a formal networking setting, create new contacts! 


Lastly, do not have rules! You have a plan and goals you want to accomplish, but do not set guidelines or bounders for yourself! If you create a script, you will be more worried about following that then paying attention to the conversation. Know your plan, but let conversation flow. The more you put yourself out there the more comfortable you will feel! Start working on it with close friends and then branch out. The more you do it, the more confidence you will have in yourself.


Networking is a powerful tool, but very few people are naturals. The more you network, the more natural you will become. If anything can be taught, the lesson of putting yourself out there takes the cake. You never know where one introduction can lead!


Mary Margaret Autry is a recruiter in our Louisville office. You can find her on LinkedIn and on Twitter.

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