It's important to follow up with contacts you've made via social media or through other networking efforts to strengthen the bond, Jenn Pedde writes. She suggests using a database to keep track of communications.
Create a spreadsheet to track all the companies you've applied to, and use it to track follow-up correspondences, writes Hila Mehr. Use Evernote to save interview notes, and use Boomerang or Assistant.to for scheduling reminders to follow up, Mehr suggests.
The Small Business Administration has proposed giving preference to women-owned businesses in 83 industries for federal contracts, implementing a law that passed a decade ago but that has been mired in delays.
Telling your boss something that you know he or she isn't going to like may be unpleasant, but sometimes it's necessary, Scott Eblin writes. To increase your odds of success, develop a thorough grasp of the issues involved, he writes, and make sure your behavior is driven by the best interests of the company and not just your own.
Are you dealing with a deceitful boss who lies to others and wants you to do the same? You can either go over his or her head to report the behavior, or you can at least let the boss know -- in a "nonaccusatory way" -- that you're aware of the deceit, says Mary Gentile, a Babson College senior researcher.
Salespeople often fail to follow up with a prospect or customer, but keeping in touch can give you an edge over the competition, writes Kelley Robertson. Treating follow-up like a scheduled appointment and never assuming the client will call you are two ways to get yourself into the habit.