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The # 1 Networking Question to Avoid. . . .
Mon, Mar 18 2013 07:34 | Networking and Interviewing
What is the Number 1 Question to Avoid when beginning a networking conversation? "Do you know of any job openings?" Why? If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation. Instead of asking this conversation-killer, plan ahead. Plan to ask questions that draw your networking contact out. Ask
Networking Meetings Generate Interviews
Mon, Mar 11 2013 07:07 | Networking and Interviewing
Networking can lead to interviews. Getting comfortable with networking can generate the kind of meetings and conversations in which you uncover leads to your next position or to enhance the one you already have! Why networking? Through networking, you can often identify needs before they turn into openings, and openings before they are announced on the Open Market. With networking, you
To Find A New Job Quicker . . . Follow-up!
Over the years, I have asked many, many job seekers after they landed a new job or role: “If you had it to do over again, what would they do differently? Their answer: follow up. To find a new position quicker, follow-up is a must! It is not enough to just submit an application or resume
Job Search Marketing Tools
You've decided to look for a new position. You’ve written your resume. You are ready to go! Right? . . . . Wrong. Your resume is only the first of several tools you will need to market yourself in today's employment marketplace. After all, if finding a job is all about selling yourself - and it is -- then you will need all your sales tools
A Job Search Audit
Thu, Mar 7 2013 02:09 | Planning and Strategy
Been at your search for a while? A Job Search Audit can tell you how you’re doing. I advise all my job search clients, when they have been at this task for 3 or more months, to audit their search. Performing a Job Search Audit can corroborate what you’re doing well and provides ques and clues to areas for improvement. Why? As with the “Weekly Review,” this is another $$
Schedule a Weekly Review . . . Weekly
Sat, Mar 2 2013 06:28 | Planning and Strategy
How is your job search progressing? Don’t really know! Schedule a weekly review weekly to find out. If you actually keep this appointment with yourself (Therein lies half the battle!) to review progress and set a schedule for the upcoming week’s work, you’ll progress further faster! Dale Carnegie, in his now classic self help book, How To Win Friends & Influence People,
Don’t Go Into Business Because You Need a Job
Fri, Mar 1 2013 06:44 | Planning and Strategy
Don’t go into business because you need a job – Go into business because you want to be in business. I often hear clients who are looking for a job say that they are thinking about starting a business. This generally occurs after they have been searching for a job for a while and have not landed a job yet. Seems like an option – right? Wrong. 1.
Resumes Get Seconds . . . . Make Them Count
Fri, Mar 1 2013 05:28 | Resume and Marketing Tools
Resumes get seconds -- not minutes -- on the first read-through by a recruiter. Make them count! The numbers vary - some say they get 30 seconds of a recruiter's time; some guesstimate it as low as 6. Wherever it falls on the scale between 6 - 30, the fact is that you have a short amount of time to impress a recruiter. So make the most of that time to
Networking in Small 1-to-1 Conversations: How Do I Do It?
Sun, Feb 17 2013 06:49 | Networking and Interviewing
Talking with people in your network in order to share information about you, as well as seek information and advice, is a time-tested technique for finding a new position or enhancing the one you’ve got! But why? It's a Smart Strategy! Because . . . as folks in your network of contacts learn about you, and the needs you can fill in an organization,
How to Write an Accomplishment Statement
Sat, Feb 9 2013 08:09 | Resume and Marketing Tools
Your resume is a key marketing tool and your sales brochure. It “sells” you in the employment marketplace. To make your resume as strong a sales tool as possible, it should be what we call "Accomplishment-Based,"showing how you achieve results. . . . . That means that you write not only what you did but how it turned out. You show on paper what you did, meaning the duty or task your