Secrets from Great Networkers
by Marshall Brown - Dec, 2013
We all know that to succeed in business, one must have (and use) a network. We work hard to create a web of like-minded individuals that support us, defend us, and are there when we need a favor. Likewise, as we create and nurture these relationships, we need to be prepared to offer the same in return. Unfortunately, making contacts and turning business cards into a dependable rolodex of steadfast colleagues is easier said tha...
10 Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Hiring Managers
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2013
As a former hiring manager in several consulting firms, I often wondered if candidates were cognizant of the impression they made on employers. Even small things, such as the frown displayed by an applicant upon arriving at an interview, or the worn-out jeans on an applicant in a roomful of suits, gave me pause as I worked to screen candidates. Ironically, many of the issues I spotted were easily fixed by taking care...
How Do I Pick My Major If I don't Know What I Want To Be (When I Grow up)?
by Rob Taub - Dec, 2013
Start with the end in mind. As with writing a speech, you determine what your objective is and what it is you hope to instill in your audience and only THEN do you begin to write your speech, make sense? Same with the job search and too, picking a major, internships, related clubs and activities, and more: You begin with the end in mind. Every step you take, even in the moment, is another step on a path that will lead to o...
Is Staying In Your Pajamas All Day Stalling Your Job Search?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2013
Unbridled stress and angst can exacerbate today’s job search. The economy is uncertain, bad attitudes are ablaze and the competition is fiercer than ever. No wonder job seekers struggle with maintaining poise, hope and focus. With that said, targeted, positive and actionable behaviors are what create the perfect storm for meaningful outcomes in today’s job hunt. Avoidable job search behaviors abound. We’ve unearthed six m...
Major Mistakes Executives are Making on LinkedIn
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2013
Let’s get right into it. Shall we? #1 – No picture. Profiles with no pictures are ignored [because they are boring]. Please place a picture on LinkedIn. Stop procrastinating, get a nice headshot, Photoshop it just a bit if you must, but get one pronto! Contrary to what others will say regarding attire, I am advising you go with something other than the ‘mundane’ black business suit. A warmer earthy tone will hel...
The Right & Wrong Ways to Follow Up With an Employer
by Adrienne Erin - Dec, 2013
Congratulations – you’ve made it through the dreaded job interview. You impressed the hiring manager with your skills and expertise. You asked insightful questions demonstrating a thorough knowledge of your industry. You even discovered you both have a passion for French existential literature. But now that the interview is over, what can you do to boost your candidacy and get to the next step of the hiring process – and hopef...
Prickly or Pleasant? What Style Gets You. Simple Gifts
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
How you look at work is one thing. How you appear is quite another. Almost on a daily basis you can find a TV program touting the latest fashions for men and women, some programs even providing “make overs” for audience members. The problem is: new clothes, hair styles, or accessories can’t remake the way you come across to others. Looking nice isn’t the same as being nice. Your interpersonal style, the way...
Will You Have a Portfolio Career?
by Jean Cummings - Dec, 2013
Everyone's head is spinning with the rapid pace of change in the employment market. Many more workers are contract workers or consultants, whether by necessity or choice. Many have a business on the side. Many have 2-4+ jobs they are juggling at any one time. Those who have more than one employment gig at a time have "portfolio careers." Why do they do it? 1. They can't find or don't want a full-time job that uses only the...
Four Different Styles of Telecommuting
by Pamela La Gioia - Dec, 2013
Everyone wants to do it. Work from home, that is. Whether it’s being able to work in pajamas, or spend extra time with their children, something is prompting people to consider giving up their day job to look for this "alternative" form of employment. The problem, however, is actually finding a work-from-home job! Which companies hire telecommuters? What kinds of jobs are suitable for working at home? Because of the wid...
Bragging Rights and Wrongs
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2013
If you can’t tell a potential new employer what makes you different (better) than the other 118 candidates, how will they ever know? This is actually harder than it sounds. When I first started working, I landed a huge deal. I was at a solar energy installer in Kathmandu back in 2004 and the market was hot. In fact, I remember that the customers paid in cash. I couldn’t keep all the bundles of paper money in the small bag...
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