Networking Tips – GETDOT Networking Networking with a Purpose in Columbus, OH Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:58:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 47777549 Networking in Columbus: Brooke’s Story Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:11:41 +0000 You never know who you’re going to meet at a Columbus networking event . . . or where it could lead.

Brooke Georgiton had changed careers from teaching to sales back in 2011. Like countless others in the capital city and beyond, she was trying to discover her place in the world.

“For my first two years, I was selling insurance and financial planning products.  While I enjoyed being self-employed, the product I was selling and the agency I was with were not a good fit for my personality,” she recalled.

Georgiton attended a lot of networking events, but one in particular changed the course of her life. She met a career coach.

“He could tell I wasn’t happy,” she recalled. This led her to take an assessment with him to reveal her personality strengths.

“Although this helped, I stayed with my company at the time and kept pushing through,” she said.

Her coach asked her just three weeks later if she was ready to find out what offered her a better shot at happiness. Ready she was.

The assessment revealed Georgiton would succeed best at real estate; she now works for e-Merge with tremendous success.

“I am so thankful for the doors which have opened for me through networking,” Georgiton said. “My business is growing and prospering, and I love being a REALTOR®.  Networking is a powerful tool and can open doors for many new opportunities in your life!”

Georgiton found success because she stepped outside her comfort zone. She emphasized this point in her advice to other networkers.

“When attending open networking groups such as GETDOT, set a goal as to how many new people you want to meet each time,” she said. “It’s easy to spend the entire time with people you already know.  Also, really take the time to get to know people. When people know and trust you, that’s when business will be passed.”

Fun fact: The career coach introduced her to Eric Rine . . . who is now GETDOT’s current president.  And he brought her into GETDOT.

Georgiton now serves on our board and continues to enjoy more connections and friends as a result.

Networking in Columbus Thu, 25 May 2017 17:34:59 +0000 Folks living in the capital city have seemingly infinite connections at their proverbial fingertips. All it takes is stepping out of your comfort zone and into a networking event.

“In my eyes, Columbus is the place to be if someone needs to find employment,” said Chip Ramsey, GETDOT Co-founder. “Columbus is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies …Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, Worthington Industries and Limited Brands to name a few.”

Open positions sit waiting at every level and job sector, he said. This includes distribution/logistics, research/development, the IT and financial worlds . . . and everything in between.

“There are so many well-connected people in the human resources and staffing and recruiting fields that take networking seriously and are willing to help others find employment and connect people to great resources.”

And there are so many choices here in the capital city.

“There’s a networking group for everyone here in Columbus, whether it’s personal, professional or social. Finding the networking group for you will open up lots of doors,” he said.

Networking is for the employed, self-employed, as well as the unemployed. Everyone can benefit from a connection in some way. Folks can find employment opportunities, potential clients, and more. There’s as much variety as there are people attending.

It’s been fulfilling for Ramsey to see and hear remarkable things occurring within his own group.

“I’ve personally been part of finding someone employment or referring them to someone who is looking to fill a position,” he said. “People have developed business partnerships and have found great resources after coming to a GETDOT event.  GETDOT members are overly friendly and will help those who need it.”

“FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Syndrome,” as he puts it, is what keeps Ramsey plugged into the networking world.

“I always want to meet and talk to good people. They always have a great story to tell…their own! You get someone talking about themselves and they will volunteer a lot of information. Once that happens, I figure out ways to help them or introduce them to someone who can. That’s what networking is all about anyway…helping others!”

Going out of your way to assist a fellow networker comes around ten-fold, he said.

“They will always stay connected to you and somewhere down the road they will help you,
he said. “Both personally and professionally!”

Chris Alexis, a GETDOT board member, has certainly benefitted from networking.

“A lot of people have found employment by making the right connection. But my story is a little different,” he said. “I’ve long wanted to become a successful author. A friend of mine introduced me to one of her friends who had recently published a book of his own. We got to talking and he agreed to actually review my manuscript. On top of that, he connected me to his publisher!”

You never know what’s around the bend at a networking event in Columbus, Ohio.  Connections await.

GETDOT’s Nicci Sprouse: Where to Take Your Sweetie for Sweetest Day Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:49:06 +0000 _o3a2919Sweetest Day is coming up quickly.  Saturday, actually!

It’s celebrated the third Saturday in October of every year. Did you know it started in Cleveland . . . all the way back in 1922?  Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee, wanted to bring smiles to the faces of shut-ins, orphans, and others who were often left behind.  He began to distribute candy and small gifts, with the help of his friends, to those who might be otherwise forgotten.

The course of history has shaped the day into a time to illustrate romantic love for your partner – along with appreciation for friends.  And one of the biggest experts on romance is GETDOT’s own Nicci Sprouse. Her quickly-ballooning company, A-List Introductions, is helping to spark love connections in the capital city and beyond!

A-List Introductions are the experts when it comes to planning the perfect date, and Nicci and her team are sharing their clients’ favorite date destinations in Columbus! Whether you prefer somewhere casual or with reservations, somewhere creative or tried and true, and inexpensive versus costly – A-List and GETDOT have you covered!

Nada– $$
Located in the Arena District, Nada has a great patio if you want to sit outside and enjoy a margarita with their delicious Mexican cuisine.

The Pearl – $$$
The Pearl is a local Columbus favorite located in the Short North. The ambiance is laid back, fun, and modern. This Cameron Mitchell classic prides itself on quality food and excellent service. Insider tip: they also offer a great Happy Hour if you desire an early evening  ‘drinks and appetizers’  date.

Tucci’s – $$$$
Located in the heart of  Dublin, the  patio season here during the summer is beautiful. The  live music is also a big plus! If the date is going well, after-dinner drinks on the patio at Brazenhead or ice cream at Jeni’s are perfect accompaniments.

Cooper’s Hawk– $$$
Dining at Cooper’s Hawk at their Easton location is a popular choice, in addition to visiting their Tasting Room. A tasting includes seven to eight different wines and no reservation is necessary.

Barcelona– $$$$
Located in German Village, Barcelona is consistently voted one of Columbus’s most popular restaurants and patios each year. Plus, there are wine specials and live music on Sunday nights. It is the perfect blend of fancy and fun.

The North Market– $
This is a foodie’s dream, and a perfect first date spot. The North Market has a little bit of everything from different cultures. Try it. You will not regret it.

Akai Hana– $$$
This Upper Arlington sushi classic features traditional Japanese cuisine that offers the perfect portion of appetizers with an unexpected Korean twist. Three words: spicy scallop roll. Your life will be forever changed.

Spagio– $$$
A modern take on classic Italian, this Grandview gem has a fun and warm environment. A cozy spot for you and your date. Follow your date up with a stroll along Grandview Avenue to shop local businesses.

Marcella’s– $$$
Cameron Mitchell makes our list once again. This unconventional twist of old meets new is a perfect first date spot. From its open air dining room, to crafted cocktails and Italian food, you can never go wrong with Marcella’s, offering two convenient locations (Short North or Lewis Center).

Short North Gallery Hop– varies
The first Saturday of the month has the Short North Arts District hustling and bustling. Strolling and getting to know someone while popping into stores, and stopping for drinks and dinner along the way is always a fun and exciting choice.

$ = $25 and under
$$ = $25 – $40
$$$ = $40 – $55
$$$$ = $55 and over

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In Their Own Words: Hiring Managers Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:15:12 +0000 IMG_4339Story Highlights:

  • Discussion of the hiring process from managers’ perspectives
  • A look behind the scenes at releasing job postings
  • Conversations on compromises
  • Additional detail on what hiring managers wish job-seekers knew

GETDOT recently posted an article about those seeking employment and their struggles to do so. In the second part of this series, we talked to a recruiter to take a look at the other side of this process.

We spoke to Jim McGannon for his perspective of how things run from the hiring end. In his own words . . .

Q: There’s a lot out there about job seekers and how hard it is to find work. After all, it’s not like you can go to some “job store” and pick up one from the shelf. It’s a long process that takes months. And it’s a difficult one for many. But what’s it like on the other end — for hiring managers? 

A: In general, recruiting professionals LOVE their jobs.  There’s a genuine sense of satisfaction associated with helping folks land a new career while simultaneously helping your company find great talent.  Nonetheless, the hiring process is pretty challenging for recruiters and hiring managers alike, and those challenges come from three primary sources.

First, there is often a “skills gap” in finding the right talent for the job.  There are lots of great candidates out there, but finding a good group who all have the right skill sets for the job is often the biggest hurdle…especially for specialized roles.

Second, there are always limited resources.  Whether it’s the funding of the recruiting function itself or having the adequate funds to hire the best candidate, there are usually some tough financial limitations around the hiring process. 

Third, and finally, it’s always tough to align the calendars of the hiring managers and the candidates in a timely manner.  Everyone is busy, and multiple competing priorities often add a lot of extra time to the recruiting process, which allows for the best candidates to get snatched up by another company before you can make them an offer.

Those are the real challenges, but overall, the system works like it’s supposed to and all of the roles eventually get filled.  All recruiters and hiring managers have the same challenges, but for those who figure out how to overcome those challenges, the hiring process really adds a lot of value for both the company and the newly-hired employee. 


Q: Can you give your perspective on putting job postings out there, bringing people in, interviewing, and selecting the right people? Is it stressful in any way?

A: The operational disciplines of running a recruiting function have to be solid in order to be successful.  At every stage, clearly communicated standards & processes must be universally adhered to.  It’s sometimes tempting to lead with your heart when it comes to people decisions, but it’s much wiser to think of the recruiting process like an operator or an engineer would.  Truly, once you approach it in that manner, it’s pretty easy.  The process only breaks down when you add in the human element and all the inherent nuances of working with different personalities.  However, even that can be remedied by good education & training for all of the key stakeholders who are involved.


Q: What sort of compromises, if any, do you need to make? Anything that may seem unfair?

A: The concept of ‘fairness’ really isn’t an issue, but the concept of “competition” is.  Every company is doing their best to grow and create value, and they can only do that if they’re successful in attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent.  In a perfect world, every open position would be posted to every website, and every job seeker would have full access to all available opportunities.  In reality, limited time and resources force everyone to make choices with regard to their recruiting expenses, methods, and audiences.  Likewise, in an ideal situation, companies could have unlimited funds to bring in interns and recent grads for entry level roles and then train them to take on greater responsibilities in the company over time.  In larger companies, this happens to a degree, but smaller companies have to get more creative with the available resources. 


Q: What do you wish more people knew?

A: From the standpoint of recruiters and hiring managers, the best advice to job seekers is to be fully engaged and immersed in the screening and hiring process.  That old adage about ‘90% of success is just showing up’ really rings true.  Job seekers who are completely prepared and on top of their game help make the process a real success, and conversely, those who approach the process haphazardly create unnecessary hurdles for everyone involved.  Likewise, for those job seekers who come to the table ready to be successful, their opportunities are virtually unlimited.  ‘Every battle is won before it is ever fought,’ and the same is true for interviews.

Stay tuned for the third part of this series, where we talk with the leaders of GETDOT to discuss the importance of networking . . .

Share Your Voice Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:45:34 +0000 bored-audience-510Sure, we’ve all been in the room with someone who just won’t stop talking, whether at work, in a meeting, out in public or among friends. The voice in our head says, “I don’t wanna be that person. I will hold my tongue.”

Yet doing so allows “that person” to continue monopolizing the speaking platform.

Many of us have exhausted simple behaviors such as staring at the floor, looking at our watch, or even clearing our throat. For thoughtful talkers, these behaviors work but for those speakers we get really frustrated with, basically because they appear to care only about themselves and their own ideas, thesepassive actions do no good.

As my mother has told me, “how do I know you what’s in your head if you don’t share it?” This is good advice for most of us. Yet for the timid or unpracticed, the act of sharing means we must suffer through having the spotlight on us.

Well, fellow business owners and service professionals, I learned that in business, if I don’t speak up(during meetings, while networking, at CLE’s or with clients), at the end of the day not only do I regret my actions, my results are dismal.

Read what our barriers/silence means on Merri’s site, Breaking Down Barriers.

Do Not Click This Link – 14 Ways to Manage Distractions at Work Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:00:08 +0000 dont-clickIs this a good time? We can come back later if you’re in the middle of something. We know dealing with potential distractions can really slice into your workday In a recent survey, 64% admitted to wasting time at the office on a daily basis — and we weren’t counting any staff meetings. It happens. The typical work setting is ripe with potential distractions. Can’t help that.

But we do have a few ideas on how to manage them. Whether it’s a constantly ringing phone or incessantly chatty co-worker, there are work-arounds that actually work. So, if you have a few minutes, read on.

1. Internal vs External

The first step is to determine the source of the distractions. Are they blaring from two desks over, or from somewhere in your head?

The latter may require an out-of-the-office fix. Are personal problems clinging to your hemline in the morning? Consider what steps might help you to leave them at the revolving door. Counseling? A financial planner? The key move is to quiet the things that will drain peak work performance.

Your employer has bought the use of your brain from nine to five. So make sure it’s disengaged from anything else that will burn minutes.

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11 Ways to Raise Employable Kids Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:25:20 +0000 business class for kidsFamily togetherness is a wonderful thing, until your thirty-year old starts sending drink orders from the basement and commenting at breakfast that it “sure would be nice” if you’d remember to use fabric softener on his t-shirts. Toddlers make for cute anecdotes. An unshaved genius with great potential but no real direction except for the path to your refrigerator makes for awkward moments at neighborhood parties.

So, start now. Potential is but an outline for your child’s future. Fill it in with the life skills that will help him or her stretch and grow and — get a job!

1. Cheerleading

This is not an enjoinder to build human pyramids in the backyard (although you might finally discover the source of all those strange noises over the privacy fence). No, I’m talking about a “rah rah” attitude, a spirit of encouragement and a positive energy.

Can your son celebrate his sister’s academic success without resorting to petty jealousy? And, when he strikes out in the ninth inning, does his sister provide encouragement or, instead, a great imitation of the whiff made by his wayward swing? Effective leaders know how to encourage and motivate others.

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13 Things Your Smartphone Can Teach You Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:42:17 +0000 smartphonesBack in the dark ages when cells were molecular and phones were for spoken communication, it may not have been simple but it was predictably segmented. Tasks were sequential, not simultaneous. People could disappear for minutes at a time and emails could languish undetected for whole afternoons when a recipient was off grid.

Smartphone technology created expectations for increased and untethered productivity, because they allow us to engage in extreme multi-tasking. But, how well do you do it? Is your smartphone-ish office efficiency truly effective?

Find out what you can learn from your phone.

1. Make Sure You Have a Strong Signal

Ever tried to order decent take-out from a remote campsite? Or contorted yourself by a window attempting to launch an email from within the confines of a metal walled building? The best ideas go nowhere absent a navigable path.

Business genius minus good reception is like tweeting to yourself. Great ideas need the input of an interested audience. Are you building connections with key figures in your industry via virtual and actual social networking? Updating your LinkedIn profile and actively seeking new contacts and referrals? Growing and maintaining good connections is always a smart idea.

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How to “Unfriend” a Coworker Tue, 28 May 2013 14:35:11 +0000 unfriendDear Heather,

Any suggestions for “unfriending” a co-worker? Or at least taking it down a notch? When I first started my job, “Melanie” and I became fast friends. We were both going through some similar challenges and bonded quickly over daily lunches and the occasional happy hour. But over the past six months, I’ve become her boss and she has made some bad relationship decisions that are beginning to impact her work. She comes into my office and bursts into tears, and I feel like a horrible friend for saying this, but I can’t deal with it! At least not at the office. Any ideas??? I like her. A lot. But she’s over her head with the wrong guy and it is seriously affecting her judgment!


Dear Sandy,

Yep. That’s a tough one: Will you be a consistent boss or an unconditional friend? Can you be both?

Probably not. One relationship will have to take the lead here, and it will probably need to be the one that supplies you with electricity and Greek yogurt. While it’s certainly possible to maintain a friendship with Melanie, it probably won’t resemble the original model wherein you dished dirt and dreams and dating dilemmas on your lunch hour. A work-based friendship will require some adjustments when hit with hierarchical changes. It isn’t clear if you tried to address this when you leapfrogged to the boss seat, but the fact that Melanie is bursting into tears in your office tells me that your current boundaries are at least ineffective.

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12 Ways to Fit in Fitness at the Office Tue, 21 May 2013 17:06:17 +0000 working-out-at-officeHas your gym lock been repurposed for use as a paperweight? While it might be quite effective at holding down all those “must read” memos, it looked better dangling from your gym locker. Remember? The gym? You first wandered in months ago. Hopeful. Resolved. You made promises. Signed papers. And bought a lock.

Sure, it’s tough to fit in fitness. Especially in the dead of winter with crowded gyms full of people clinging to their New Year’s resolutions and temperatures that make working out outside more than a little icy. Not to mention the fact that your job may require extra dedication in tough economic times.  But why not aim for success in both? You have enough challenges in your life. Fitting into your pants shouldn’t be one of them. To fit fitness into your life, it must fit in at work. Here’s how:

You Have to Make Time for Fitness

Tag the time-wasters in your day. Are you continually searching for a working pen amongst a drawer full of writing rejects? Does Bill always call you in to his cubicle for a quick rehash of last night’s softball game? Maybe it’s a slow elevator? Or a slow colleague.

There are ways around time wasting events. Organize your office. Add a few steps to your trek from the elevator and avoid Bill altogether (or at least until after the first snowfall). Reclaim a few minutes you can redirect toward your personal fitness.

Hint: a slow elevator is a good thing if it leads you to the stairwell.

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