A Tale of Two Networkers
by Dawn Bugni - Jul, 2010
Networking. The mere mention of the word strikes terror in the hearts of even the most seasoned professionals. For some reason, the thought of connecting with fellow human beings has become more like something we have to do, instead of something that happens naturally. What used to be pleasant conversation and sharing morphed into to-do list entries and deadlines. We set specific dates and list relevant topics for planned cont...
Twitter Job Search Tips and Tools
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2010
Can Twitter help you find a job? Yes. But only if you use it right. It can be a huge challenge sorting the wheat from the chaff on Twitter, where millions of updates appear daily, only a few of which contain useful job-search information. Let’s start at the beginning, then explore two case studies. Twitter is the micro-blogging service that lets users send updates (“tweets”) of 140 characters or less to people...
Recruiters and The Job Hunt
by Randy Wooden - Jul, 2010
During my career I’ve not only provided private and corporate outplacement, but I’ve also spent years as a headhunter (executive search) and have worked inside corporations as an in-house recruiter. And I’ve been a job seeker myself. So I bring a diverse experience when assisting someone’s job hunt. I’m often told, “I’ll hold off on contracting with you because I want to have a recruiter place me for free.” The reality i...
Fierce Emotionally Intelligent Conversations - Emotions Have a Bad Rep
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jul, 2010
. “No one has to change; everyone has to have the conversation.” —David Whyte In her two books, Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership, training and development consultant Susan Scott explains that the word “fierce” doesn’t imply menace, cruelty or threats. In Roget’s Thesaurus, the word fierce is associated with the following synonyms: robust, intense, strong, powerful, passionate, eager, unbridled, uncurbed and untame...
How to network when you hate to network
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jul, 2010
We all hear about how important networking is for our careers, but many of us simply don’t do it. In fact, some of us hate the practice, and would rather eat an entire copy of my book, Work 101: Learning the Ropes of the Workplace without Hanging Yourself, (sorry, shameless plug) than network, even if it meant we’d wind up in better jobs with better opportunities as a result. Does this make any sense to you? It’s time to gr...
The New Social Business Card: Poken Review
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2010
Imagine you are at a job fair. You have 10 copies of your resume, and 50 business cards. You are ready to network! However, about half way through the aisles you begin to run out of materials. So you’re more selective about who you give your information to. Then you begin to wonder what those companies are actually going to do with your card or resume…will they be tossed away or lost in the pile of hundreds of other ones fr...
Finding Your Targets With LinkedIn
by Harry Urschel - Jul, 2010
Anyone who’s been using LinkedIn for their job search for a while understands the great value it can be. It’s tremendous for creating a profile in order to be found, for finding contacts at companies you are pursuing, and for preparing for an interview by learning about your interviewer and others at the organization. However, people often miss another way LinkedIn can be used to help them greatly in pursuing their job sear...
Twitter Users Are More Likely To Get Job Interviews
by Miriam Salpeter - Jul, 2010
Do you think of Twitter like this badge describes – as a pointless exercise? It may be time to rethink! Have you ever considered the skills you use to leverage Twitter well? It is not rocket science, but it does require key abilities, and not everyone has them. Sending tweets that inspire people to read, retweet and reply requires an ability to communicate in the short form. It turns out this may be much more valuable than...
Are You Committing The Top Three LinkedIn Profile Sins?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
If you're stopping to read this, chances are good that you're not maximizing your LinkedIn Profile in a way that will actually get you hired. Here are 3 common pitfalls to avoid when setting up and using LinkedIn for a job search: 1 - Failing to use all the space provided. You’re guilty of this if your summary is comprised of just a few sentences, your work history only includes titles (and no description of your achi...
Two Networking Conversation Starters
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2010
Looking for a job? Raise your hand if you love networking. I thought so. And why don’t you get a thrill out of talking to friends and family about your job search? For many folks, it’s a problem of how to start. There’s really no way to ask, “Know anyone who’s hiring?” without feeling awkward. To fix that, here are two ways to open your next networking conversation that are proven to produce job leads -- and won...
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