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A Jobseeker’s Guide to Growing Your Network

A successful job search involves an ever-widening network. Think of your network as having three levels:

  • Inner circle, people you know very well.
  • People you know but not well, such as neighbors and former-coworkers.
  • People you do not know at all but would like to know. Read More »

Help! I Have No Network!

A job seeker responded to a recent blog about the importance of face time by asking “Who are all these people I am supposed to be meeting with? How do I find them, approach them and set up meetings?”  This job seeker, like many others, held a job that didn’t involve a lot of person-to-person contact. After being laid off, she is left feeling she has no network and isn’t sure how to get started creating one.  Recent college grads and people who have been out of the professional world for awhile may relate. Read More »

How to Follow-Up with a Contact

Follow up is one of the most  important parts of networking.  It doesn’t matter if you are in a formal interview or talking with an acquaintance on your softball team, follow-up is crucial to engaging and building.  In the last part of our series on informational interviews, we explore follow-up for this type of networking. Read More »

Conducting the Informational Interview

Informational interviews are a great networking tool when conducted correctly.  In our previous posts on networking meetings, we walked you through goal setting, setting up and preparing for informational interviews.  Now, how to effectively make the most of your time with your contact. Read More »

Setting Up and Preparing for Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are an important part of a successful job search. In part one of our series, we established some of the goals for setting up informational interviews. Now, how to set up these meetings, and prepare for them. Read More »

Making Informational Interviews Work for You

Informational interviews are an invaluable tool for today’s job search. While you never actually ask for a job during an informational interview, many do lead directly or indirectly to employment opportunities down the road. In part one of our series on information interviews, we look at why you should do informational interviews. Read More »

Showing You’re Versatile, Not Lacking Focus

If you’re eager to land a job, it’s tempting to try to be all things to all people. You see a job description and think “I could do that” or “That’s a little like what I did before.” While versatility is good, applying to anything and everything can be problematic. Read More »

Working With External Recruiters

A reader recently asked us to address the topic of whether job seekers should proactively reach out to headhunters. The answer is yes! Headhunters, as some recruiters are called, can be a source of job leads and connections in your job search and should not be ignored. Read More »

Online Networking Etiquette

Online groups can be a great way to broaden your network – get to know others in your field, connect with leaders and put forth your expertise.  As you interact online, rules of good behavior and etiquette apply, just as they do in the real world.  Here are some ways to keep your online encounters positive: Read More »

Answering the Interview Question “Who Has Inspired You?”

Everybody has had a mentor, hero, or supervisor who has been inspiring.  Interviewers sometimes ask applicants “Who inspired you?” or “Who has been the biggest influence on your career?” or “Who is a role model for you in your professional life?”  While it may not necessarily be a tough question to answer, it can throw you if you’re not prepared. Read More »

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