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...
WANT MORE BALANCE?
by Nan S. Russell - Feb, 2012
Despite efforts on the Wii Fitness balance game, Wii persists in rating me as "unbalanced." And while it's true I'm feeling a bit stressed with a new book coming out in May, and more commitments than common sense dictates, being balanced is a challenge. Work reminds me of that balance game. Some days, I feel like I'm floating my avatar in a balloon down a lazy river, enjoying virtual sunshine and feeling pretty balanced, wh...
3 Ways to Reinvent Yourself on LinkedIn
by Lindsey Pollak - Feb, 2012
We’re already a month into 2012 and most job seekers have given up on their lofty New Year’s resolutions. If you’re in this boat, don’t despair! Instead, use LinkedIn — and a few trusted friends or colleagues — to help you make the change you desire. Over the years I’ve observed the ways that people use LinkedIn to change career direction or perk up a slumping job search. Here are my three favorite reinvention tips: 1....
36 Sources of Networking Contacts
by Thomas J. Denham - Feb, 2012
As you may know, networking is the number one job search strategy. One of your initial steps will be to identify a list of networking contacts. You may be thinking, “I don’t really have a network! Where am I supposed to find all these contacts?” It may be a real challenge to generate names, but the list below may help you uncover all the connections in both your personal and professional life. 1. Athletic Teams (ie. Gol...
Building a Network in 8 Steps
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2012
You've probably heard a million times that networking is the way to land a job. But what if you don't have a strong network already? All is not lost—you can start now to build one. Debra Feldman, known as the "JobWhiz," is a professional networking expert and executive job search agent. Follow her suggestions to build a network that will help you land your next opportunity: 1. Develop a short list of target employers. It's...
How to Stand out from the Crowd in a Competitive Market
by Frank Traditi - Jan, 2012
To stand out from the crowd, conduct your job search like a marketing campaign. The traditional picture of job-seeking is that you look for open positions posted somewhere and follow a formal application procedure to be considered for them. But with thousands of job-seekers applying for only those positions that are advertised, the competition can be overwhelming. The only way to beat the odds and the competition is to a...
How to get a job: whose back do you have?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2012
Last night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address. He spoke a lot about jobs and getting people back to work, but that is not what inspired this post. The President spoke about a mission — and about being able to get something — something BIG — done, because you know someone has your back. This was the end of the speech: “One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the...
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