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Develop the Power Skill of Building Effective Relationships

Building relationships – with peers, mentors, colleagues, managers, industry leaders, friends – is a key power skill for you to develop and hone both personally and professionally. Why is this skill so important? Having strong relationships at work is how you get access to opportunities and […]


The Value of Short-term Mentorship

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University At this point you likely have heard that you need to find mentors, sponsors, and other support systems to build a successful career. In this age of


The Connection Crisis: Craving Friends at Work and How to Bring Back Belonging

Do you have friends at work? For many employees, the pandemic and remote work have made relationship-building with colleagues more challenging than before. Check out this article from Forbes about how to cultivate friendships at work and the positive benefits that result from these […]


Relational Power is the New Currency of Hybrid Work 

Relational needs at work typically begin with the manager-employee relationship. In this June 2022 article from the MIT Sloan Management Review, the authors’ research “revealed that to be successful in the new world of work, managers cannot depend only on hierarchical position as the […]


Build Your Network with Recruiters and Employers

Ever wondered how to best stand out to recruiters and employers on LinkedIn? In this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar, Wake Forest alumna and executive recruiter Katie Hooper (’14) shares insider tips and strategies for showing an interest in job opportunities on LinkedIn, how to message […]


Get “Seen” On LinkedIn: How to Stand Out From the Crowd (In a Good Way!)

In this Wednesday Webinar from our LEARN with @LifeAfterWake platform, Wake Forest alumna Erin Andersen (MSM ’17) shares tips and strategies for how to leverage LinkedIn to be seen by recruiters, employers, and new connections. Watch the recording below:


4 Ways to Build Hybrid Connections

The pandemic has challenge us in many ways, and one of the biggest might be our ability to form new and lasting connections. No matter how great we might be at meeting new people, doing so over a computer screen is hard work. But that […]


The Art of Listening

For building relationships, creating more authentic connections, asking for help, and even becoming a better manager and leader, there are few skills more value than effective listening. What a shame it is, then, that so many of us have such poorly developed listening skills!


7 Tips for Building Your Network Especially When You’re Nervous to Reach Out

Networking has always been tough. Business cards, small talk, networking events – just these images may make you cringe. With the addition of remote work, the challenges of building authentic relationships have increased for most people. And yet, we know the value of these connections […]


10 Pieces of Relationship Building Advice from Alumni Who Know How to Stay Connected

This past fall, we heard from hundreds of alumni navigating burnout, languishing, career trajectories, and just life during this pandemic. You all told us something similar: we need specific, tactical advice.  We’re starting a new monthly column to help. We’ll address your most confusing career […]


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