Networking: Script it out; just don’t sound like a telemarketer
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2011
I was talking to my client Kellie recently about her job search. She had a few calls to make to prospective employers to follow up on her interviews. (Yes luckily, I’m finding recruiters are calling people again, and I have several clients out there going on interviews.) Kellie was nervous, she didn’t know what to say to them and didn’t want to choke up or sound unprofessional on the phone or on their voicemail. This is imp...
Job Seeker: How To Unearth Value From Twitter
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2011
Attempts to tame the Twitter Wild West abound. Some well-meaning, expert advice is on point while other opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. The splendor of Twitter is the absolute control you have to read or respond to the words flagging you down for attention. Tools like TweetDeck or HootSuite facilitate organizing your followers into ‘lists’ to ensure you can focus in on those conversations most relevant to you...
What Corporate America Can Learn From Physicians: It's All In How You Treat People
by Judith Lindenberger - Feb, 2011
Published in OD/Leadership News, ASTD, May 2006 Recently, the literature in medical economics has caught up with conventional wisdom in terms of medical malpractice lawsuits. What has become apparent is that people are less likely to sue doctors whom they believe have acted in their best interest and who communicate with them clearly and kindly. In plain English, doctors have discovered that good bedside manner is good busi...
4 Essentials for Reaching out to strangers on LinkedIn
by Joshua Waldman - Feb, 2011
Last week, I received an info interview request from a total stranger as a direct message on LinkedIn. And despite my very busy schedule, I decided to take his call. Over the weekend, I asked myself, “Why did I agree”? Let’s take his email apart and put it into 4 essential elements so that you can use them in your own LinkedIn communications. First, here’s the email I got over LinkedIn from J. : Hi Joshua, I notice...
The 5 Tenets of Career Enlightenment
by Joshua Waldman - Feb, 2011
Desperation can make us do strange things. If you’ve ever been laid off, you may recall those first few weeks of shock and disbelief. Then questions arise such as, “how am I going to pay my bills?” or “what’s going to happen to me?” The anxiety sets in. And it’s at this point that you’re the most vulnerable to making a bad career mistake. All of the great stuff you’ve learned about managing your career goes out the wi...
5 Job-Hunting Ideas You Haven’t Tried
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2011
One of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting is believing you’re doing everything you can and still finding yourself out of work. That’s why it’s empowering to realize you haven’t tried everything, and that new, assertive approaches will help you expand your network and land a job. Here are five action items to help job seekers land an opportunity: 1. Seek speaking opportunities. Even if you’re unemployed, you’re...
Utilizing Your Networks
by Adrianne L. Hooker - Feb, 2011
The current job market is frustrating to say the least. In fact, there has to be another more vexing term to describe extremely limited job opportunities for the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans. In December 2010, United States economists proudly projected the job market would return to “normal” within four years, while other economists struggle to define what the new future “normal” will be. This informatio...
Take another look at transferable skills: You’ve heard it over and over – listen in this time
by Hallie Crawford - Feb, 2011
This New Year’s, Frank, Vaughn and I attended a party where I spoke to a woman, Donna, who gave me a great story for the idea of transferable skills. Donna was a marketing and ad representative for MSNBC and NBC for years in New York City. She really enjoyed her work, but after several years she realized it wasn’t what she wanted to do forever. One of Donna’s friends told her about corporate real estate leasing. She had never...
Twitter Rules Every Job Seeker Should Follow
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2011
How should a job seeker craft effective, meaningful Twitter messages that resound with an appropriate, yet impactful tone? Sometimes, the Twitter stream is a smooth rivulet, offering calm conversations, inviting chatter and encouraging words. In other instances, a strongly worded and edgily toned message causes the water to roil. As a job seeker determined to add and receive value from the always moving Twitter stream, I su...
Start Your Career with Self-Assessment
by Thomas J. Denham - Jan, 2011
Most of my clients don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, and often say to me, “I just don’t know what I want to do.” The very first step is Self-assessment. It’s the most ignored part of the entire career development process, but required for an effective job search strategy. It begins with an extensive and written inventory of your “VIPS” (Values, Interests, Personality Traits and Skills). The goal is to buil...
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