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Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 4: How to . . . Ask the 4 Target Questions

"Do you know of any job openings?"          If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.“Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation.  In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!”Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this 4-part Networking-HOW TO-series discussed the importance of communication skills and strategy,
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Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 3: How to . . . Active Listening Goes for the Gold

"Do you know of any job openings?"          If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation. “Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation.  In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!”Parts 1 and 2 of this 4-part Networking-HOW TO-series discussed how to have a productive conversation by establishing
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Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 2: How to . . . Listen More -- Talk Less

Do you know of any job openings?           If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.“Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation.  In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!”Part 1 of this 4-part Networking-HOW TO-series explained why!  It also explained the make-up of a good 1-to-1
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Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 1: How to . . .Set the Stage for a Good Conversation

Do you know of any job openings?           If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.“Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation.  In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!” Why can’t you ask this “conversation-killer” question? . . . Because if the answer is “No I don’t”,
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Networking: Do I have to?

Do I have to? . . . .  Yes you do if you want to find a better position in a shorter amount of time!If you dread the idea of going up to strangers whose paths you cross and striking up a conversation, you are far from alone.  Many, if not most folks - if the truth were told - deplore the idea.  They’d prefer a root canal!The"Hidden Market" However, the truth also to be told is
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How To Work A Job Fair

Tips on How to Seize the Opportunities of a Job Fair"Do they have any jobs?" asks a job seeker upon hearing that there is going to be a Job Fair.      "No, they don't have any openings at this time.""Then what is the point of going to the Job Fair?" ask a job seeker.What is the point indeed?  There is a big point in attending a job fair and talking with companies even
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The #1 Interview Question

The #1 Interview Question:  Tell me about yourself!The interview is beginning.  The interviewer looks across her desk and asks the interview "ice breaker" question to start the conversation. . .    "Why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?”   The interviewee stammers a little, hems and haws, clears his throat, and begins a monologue that goes on way, way
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The # 1 Networking Question to Avoid. . . .

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 questions
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Networking Meetings Generate Interviews

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 can
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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
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