Monday, September 29, 2008

Webinars for new employees


The truth is most companies spend a great deal of time and energy recruiting and even convincing a candidate to join them, and very little time and energy preparing them to succeed once they walk through the door.

In short: your new employer’s expectations of you are high even if the level of support they provide is not. WHAT YOU DO IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS IMPACTS WHETHER YOU ARE LOST, MERELY SURVIVE OR THRIVE IN YOUR NEW JOB!

In order to get ahead of the learning curve and become more productive more quickly, you need to look at your new job from your employer’s perspective, so you can prepare to go above and beyond their expectations.

Recently I came across a company that organizes webinars for new employees: it is called Novita and it is based in Chicago. I think the webinars they organize may be especially useful for foreigners because they definitely need to know how to adjust to an American employer.

Here is what their regular 60-minute webinar covers:
􀂉 The ideal new employee: what every employer wants and expects
􀂉 Why companies so poorly “onboard” a new employee
􀂉 Getting ahead of the new employee learning curve
􀂉 Questions you need your manager to answer, and what not to ask
􀂉 Your job begins now – preparing for the first day
􀂉 Before the weeks fly by – objectives for your first month
􀂉 Top 10 resources to search out (you’ll need them!)
􀂉 Befriend these people! (the keepers of information)
􀂉 How to integrate, and then innovate

You can find more information here:

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sheque Chicago

The other day I found an interesting organization for the Ladies - Sheque Chicago
SHEQUE'S MISSION is to make women "Feel Beautiful" and "Look Beautiful" by providing a pampering nightlife experience which is unique and unlike anything else in Chicago.

Sheque was established in May of 2003 to provide women with the ultimate girls night out experience. They offer monthly events at a variety of bars, nightclubs, spas, and lounges throughout the Chicagoland area. Sheque events include 4 signature beauty services (manicures, massages, makeovers, and waxing) and three hours of an open martini bar which means good 3 hours of networking with fellow women in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

They have recently incorporated other events such as boat parties, fashion shows, wine tastings, bellydance lessons, salsa dance lessons, etc. You can contact Sheque at: (312) 638-9033 or email at and visit the Events page on their website - they have several interesting events planned in September, october and November 2008.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

International Business Cards Exchange

Here is an excellent event for everybody - THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CARDS AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE. Event sponsored by The World Trade Center Illinois.

WHEN: September 17, 2008 5 - 7 pm
Presentation on Chicago’s Competitiveness for Inbound Investments by Tom Bartkoski, Director of International Business Development, World Business
WHERE: 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 2200, Chicago.
PRICE: WTCI Members - $25; Non-members - $35; advance registration mandatory.
For information & registration, please see:

This event takes place about once every 6 months and I personally attended 3 of them. It draws a good and big crowd and it's a perfect opportnity for networking for internationals

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Book discussion and netowking

Now that summer is over networking will be back on track in Chicago! There will be a free business book discussion, "America's Corporate Brain Drain", and (right afterwards) a networking event on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 pm at Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S Halsted at Roosevelt, Chicago.

There have been more than 20 groups and 800 people invited, so it's a great networking event. The author is a Chicagoan who is discussing why the best people have left big companies. If you are thinking about working in a big company or already do this will be interesting for you. The author traveled in 78 countries, and was a senior exec at GE, Citibank and Kawasaki. The presentation will reveal a lot of interesting info about corporate America.

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