Three Virtual Networking Ideas for the Holidays

In ordinary times, the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is often peppered with a string of holiday happy hours, association meetings, team celebrations and office parties. With the pandemic keeping us home more than ever, it may be tempting to take a pass on the usual merrymaking and ending the year on a more quieter note.

However, it’s essential to invest in our existing connections and continue to grow our professional network, even during these unusual times.  

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How to Network in the Virtual Era

Although it may seem like life as we know it is on hold for a while, the same isn’t true for your career. Thanks to advances in technology, work goes on—and so does professional networking.

You may prefer connecting with others in person, but for the time being, you need to embrace virtual platforms that help you connect with other professionals. Here’s how to make the most of them.

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Top Interview Questions from Today’s Hiring Managers

In the last fiscal year, the UMGC Employer Services team has helped hundreds of employers identify talented UMGC students and alumni to fill thousands of open job positions. Whether virtual, phone, panel or in-person, the importance of the interview is still a critical part in today’s hiring process. The process is designed to test your knowledge and skill sets in a specific area. However, in a very short period of time, the employer is trying to assess if you are the right fit for a specific position and in their organizational culture.

The UMGC Employer Services team asked three recruiters “what” types of questions they like to ask during interviews and why. The results are below:

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Virtual Teams: How to Stay Connected While Working Apart

Telecommuting? You’re not alone—although you may feel like it these days. Across the country and around the world, employees and managers alike have had to adjust to working remotely.

It’s easy for the physical distance to make your team feel disjointed and far away, but there are things you can do to bridge the gap. Here are some tips to help you stay connected while working apart.

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Navigating Government Contracting

Government contracting, which is when companies produce goods or services under contract to the federal, state, and local government, is a big business  especially in the Washington D.C. area. UMGC alumnus Vernon Green, Jr. ’10, ’12, founder and CEO of government contractor GCubed, Inc., recently shared his insights on what it takes to be successful as an employee or entrepreneur.  

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Leveraging Your Skills for Freelancing

If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, youre not alone! A freelancer refers to someone who is self-employed and provides a service to clients and the community is growing. Statista, a business data platform, predicts that by 2028 there will be over 86 million freelancers. If you’re interested in freelancing but not sure where to begin, continue below for five strategies to help you get started 

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