THE THANK-YOU LETTER AS A STRATEGIC SELF-MARKETING TOOL
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2011
Most people forget to send a thank-you letter after interviewing. Mistake. Those who do send one often fail to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to further promote their value. Big mistake. While it is true that this type of document should thank the interviewer for their time and interest, a greater impact on the hiring decision can be made by incorporating one or two of the following strategies. - Emphasize an a...
Don’t Look for a Job—Make the Job Come to You
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
It may be unexpected advice from a job-search coach, but ideally, you should not be looking for a job. Instead, you should be looking for problems to solve and letting the jobs come to you. Confused? Here’s why you need to get off those job boards and readjust your approach: 1. Looking for a problem to solve is more effective. Looking for a problem to solve instead of looking for a job requires you to identify ski...
Ted Williams and the New Era of Job Search
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
The job offers are pouring in for Ted Williams, the homeless man whose YouTube video featuring his “golden voice” went viral last Monday. The video was recorded by an employee of The Columbus Dispatch who spotted Williams with his sign claiming he had the God-given gift of voice and was an ex-radio announcer. According to a CNN article, some members of the radio community have expressed frustration because there are so many...
60 Seconds of Networking Advice
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Jan, 2011
You’ve heard it before, “Network in order to optimize your job search.” How exactly do you go about it? It depends on the way you best build relationships and the industry you are targeting. Is the industry you seek employment in best penetrated online or offline? It is not as difficult as it seems. We are all human and we all want to help each other. The idea is to get in touch with as many people you can (in the right cha...
How to Create a Job for Yourself
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2011
If you’ve been jobless for an extended period of time, maybe you ought to stop looking for the right job. Instead, try looking for the right employer. If you do, and contact them with the right message, employers may create a job just for you. It happens all the time -- even in today’s economy. Here are three case studies and takeaway lessons to illustrate … 1) Offer to help first and get hired later While...
Leadership Charisma and Employee Engagement
by Eva Jenkins - Jan, 2011
Background on Charisma Arthur C. Clarke famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It is a classic human tendency to describe anything we do not fully understand in magical or mystical terms. The ancient Greeks observed that some people, generally their leaders, had what they perceived to be a “mysterious quality” that enthralled others and made them want to follow them. Becaus...
What Do You Want to Be Known For?
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2011
My friend Tim Ferriss just released his new book, The 4-Hour Body. It contains lots of tantalizing body hacking strategies from losing 20 pounds in a month without exercise to reversing permanent injuries. More intriguing than the book itself is how Tim intends to keep it on the bestseller lists for the better part of this year. As my other buddy Jonathan Fields put it on his Tribal Author blog, instead of trying to appe...
Job Search: Which Methods Really Work?
by Todd Rhoad - Jan, 2011
Many aspiring executives flock to business schools to obtain the coveted MBA degree. Optimism oozes out of every pore, while visions of money, promotions, raises and opportunities dance in their head. Then, graduation comes. Uncertainty and doubt flood the mind as reality begins to take hold. They have to find a job and work now. For most MBA graduates, it’s not a daunting task. However, the trends are starting to change...
New Years Resolution: Don't Insult Potential Partners
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2010
We all know the importance of developing deep and meaningful one-on-one relationships in business. The people you work with today will inevitably be the people you work with in the future, and you never know when these will be the very individuals who are in a position to help you move forward in your career. Therefore, you will always be well-served by treating new contacts with dignity and respect. This sounds like a no...
5 Leadership Predictions for 2011
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2010
2010 is quickly coming to a close, and fortunately, so is the recession that left most leaders fearing for the future of their organizations. As you think about strategies for managing your team(s) in 2011, here are some predictions to keep in mind: Retention over layoffs For the better part of two years, you had to focus on how to let some employees go, and now it's going to be the other way around. The recessionary wo...
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