The NOW Normal.

Life has changed dramatically for all of us in the Charlotte region over the past couple of weeks.  Given the vast uncertainties we’re facing with COVID-19 and the economy, the Croixstone team isn’t quite ready to call these times the “new” normal.  We prefer to think of our current state as the “now’ normal.  

Whether you are presently employed or seeking your next opportunity, COVID-19 is causing all of us to think, and act, differently. The following links are designed to help you navigate the “now” normal.

Learn about consulting.
Join Croixstone + the Charlotte Chapter of the National Black MBA Association for a virtual Zoom meeting/webinar on “The Business of Consulting.”  Joining us will be leaders from Deloitte, The Kaleidoscope Group + The Graybeard Partners.  Wednesday, April 8 from 6-7:3pm.
Grab your tickets here.

Learn how consulting revenues may be impacted by COVID-19.
Yes, the consulting industry is being impacted.  Source Global Research has surveyed hundreds of consulting firms from across the world to gain insights.
Click here.

Find a job.
Your best strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic might be to focus on short-term solutions.
View this Fast Company article to learn more.

Learn more about collaboration tools.
Inc. magazine has compiled a comprehensive list of tools including pricing.
Click here.

Learn how to stay productive + connected while at home.
LinkedIn is offering 16 free professional development courses on Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom and more.
Click here.

Learn Zoom basics.
Zoom experts host interactive, live training webinars daily.
Sign-up for free or watch a previously recorded training session.
Click here.

Take your Zoom skills to the next level.
Learn 13 Zoom video chat tips, tricks + hidden features.
Click here.

Learn how to run a virtual meeting.
An executive recruiter shares 8 cardinal rules for successful virtual meetings with Forbes.
Click here.

Access a library of COVID-19 resources.
Check out the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s “COVID-19 Resource Portal.”
Click here.

Learn how to lead during a crisis/downturn.
5 great tips from Chief Executive magazine.
Click here.

Find your right work-from-home playlist.
LinkedIn is now on Spotify with a variety of playlists curated for the varying times of your career journey.
Click here.


Workforce Insights

In the USA alone, more than 165 million workers have LinkedIn profiles, and more that 20,000 companies use LinkedIn to recruit. Using the social media site’s vast treasure trove of data, LinkedIn’s Economic Graph team of data scientists and economists recently looked at USA hiring patterns for 57 different C-suite jobs.

Some key C-suite findings?

  1. Chief Growth Officer is increasing in popularity faster than any other title.
  2. Many industries are expanding the C-suite to address their most chronic operating challenges.
  3. Everyone wants Chief People Officers. 

Read LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Report to learn about 57 routes into the C-suite.


5-Minute Tune-Up

2019 is rapidly coming to a close!  Now is the perfect time to complete a 5-minute tune-up on your LinkedIn profile to present your professional best in 2020.  

Background Photo:  Are you using a generic background photo?  If yes, switch this out to a photo that complements your personal brand.

Headshot:  Headshots taken by professionals make a big difference.  Spend the money to look your best. 

Contact Info:  Make sure your current email address and phone number are visible.  

Email Address:  Are you using an “old school” domain like AOL, Yahoo, or Carolina.rr?  If so, switch out to a modern address like Gmail.

About:  Is the “About” section of your profile completed and up-to-date?  If no, take the time to ensure this section is completed, current, and consistent in how you are promoting your personal brand.

Questions?  Reach out to the Croixstone team.


Should You Connect With Strangers on LinkedIn?

The Croixstone team has long held the belief that you should not make a practice of connecting with strangers on LinkedIn.  In fact, LinkedIn’s terms of service originally prohibited the practice of inviting people you do not know to join your network. But times are changing, and LinkedIn has shifted its thinking.  The site is now asking for all of us to take the “Plus One Pledge” to ensure that equal talent has equal access to opportunity.  

Learn About the Plus One Pledge


First of a Kind Roadmap to the Future Economy

So what can the labor flow of 500 million people on LinkedIn tell us about the structure of the global economy?  Quite a bit according to a first of a kind study conducted by researchers at Indiana University and LinkedIn.   One example:  there are strong ties in the flow of labor between the credit card and airline industries.  Learn more here.