Don’t just network – Network strategically
by Hallie Crawford - Jun, 2012
Now that I have started working with a marketing consultant I realize that networking requires more of a strategy and more thought than I ever knew. My career coaching client Kelly is a great example. She recently made a list of networking contacts to build her new business in home renovation. We came up with this basic strategy to help her create a structure for her networking efforts and not have them be haphazard. Once...
Navigating the Networking Nightmare
by Louise Garver - May, 2012
The importance of networking has not diminished, no matter what you think you’ve heard. Online networking associated with social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have certainly moved into the networking arena and taken a strong hold, but need to be kept in perspective when looking at the whole networking dynamics. Face-to-face or personal networking is still extremely effective and necessary when searching for a new p...
How to Have a Healthy Job Search Network
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2012
A successful job search can depend heavily on having a healthy network. However, you won’t have one until you build it, and you won’t have it for long unless you nourish or sustain it! Note: Sustain means to “strengthen or support physically or mentally,” and that’s as critical for a healthy job search network as it is for anything else you expect to be–and remain–productive for you. When I started thinking about this topic,...
3 quick ways to improve your LinkedIn profile
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2012
When you first joined LinkedIn, it made sense to fill in just enough facts to get your Profile active and allow you to connect with others. However, if it’s been a few months and you still have a bare-bones Profile, it probably won't generate results for your job search. Even if it does attract visitors, they’ll quickly leave to find someone more interesting. The reality about LinkedIn is this: it’s an amazing job sear...
LinkedIn’s Great Slideshare Presentation
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - May, 2012
How is that job search coming along? I am sure you’ve heard the buzz—LinkedIn has become the #1 social media tool to professionally network, gain job search leads and penetrate the hidden job market. Mmm-hmm, glad you are aware! Now what can you do to stand out from the crowd of executives and job seekers who have flocked to LinkedIn with the same idea as you? Many, many things can be done—but today, I am sharing with...
Networking tips to help you land your first job
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2012
Are you planning a transition “from college to career?” You won’t want to miss out on advice from Lindsey Pollak, a recognized expert on next-generation career trends. She recently released a new edition of her terrific book, Getting from College to Career. In this Q & A with Lindsey, she outlines some best practices for networking, following up, and transitioning to your first job. In addition to LinkedIn, what online to...
10 Simple Tips to Networking Success
by Miriam Salpeter - Apr, 2012
Job-search and career coaches always tout networking's importance. They implore clients to break away from their computers to engage in old-fashioned interactions with people who may be able to help them. It's not so easy to master the art of juggling a plate and drink in one hand while gracefully delivering an on-target elevator pitch. And for introverted job-seekers who prefer one-on-one meetings or small group interacti...
Executive Coach's Tip: "Sandwich" Your Networking Call
by Andy Robinson - Apr, 2012
Effective networkers GIVE FIRST and are always alert for opportunities to HELP their fellow colleagues, friends, business relationships, etc. If you've consisently made a practice and habit of GIVING first (and giving often), it makes it much easier and much more comfortable for you to then ASK FOR SOMETHING from your network when the time comes. In those situations, where you intend to ASK a network member for something...
Pick up the phone – Schedule informational interviews today!
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2012
I was on a group coaching call a few weeks ago and my client Farah shared a great success story. Farah has decided that she wants to become a medical illustrator. As part of her research into this field and to learn more about it and whether it would be a fit for her, I suggested she try to find illustrators she could talk to for a few minutes to learn more. She didn’t have anyone in her network so she found an association...
How to Obtain and Use References and Recommendation Letters
by Maureen Crawford Hentz - Feb, 2012
As a job-seeker, one of your most important assets is your stock of professional references. Both letters and phone recommendations can elevate a good candidate to a top choice and drop a good candidate down to the no-longer-considered pile. It's important that you manage your recommendations carefully to leverage them in the best possible way. The most important thing is to ask people who have good things to say about you...
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