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How to Follow-Up with a Contact

Tweet 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.

Conducting the Informational Interview

Tweet 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.

Setting Up and Preparing for Informational Interviews

Tweet 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.

Making Informational Interviews Work for You

Tweet 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.

Online Networking Etiquette

Tweet 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 [...]

Answering the Interview Question “Who Has Inspired You?”

Tweet 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 [...]

Boost Your Online Presence: How to Start a Professional Blog

Tweet Online presence is a vital part of your job search. Building a powerful presence can expand your network, establish your expertise, and promote your personal brand. If you’re looking for a way to expand your presence beyond social networking sites, a professional blog can be a great tool.

Entering And Exiting Networking Conversations

Tweet For many people (including myself), networking at social and professional events can seem like a very intimidating process.  Two of the trickiest parts:  How do enter into a networking conversation, and equally important, how do you properly end one? Starting a conversation can be the most intimidating part of networking.  It sets the tone [...]

Using Your “Elevator Pitch” Correctly in Your Job Search

Tweet Job seekers are often told to have an “elevator pitch”, a concise summary of their core skills and accomplishments that they can deliver rapidly to anyone who will listen.  But used incorrectly, this little speech can kill your chances for further discussion, let alone finding a job lead.  Some tips for creating a pitch [...]

Avoiding Job Application Mis-Steps

Tweet You found a job that looks really interesting.  The last thing you want is for a lame mistake to ruin the chance for making a good first impression, or worse, cost you a shot at a job. Here are some classic mis-steps and how you can avoid them:

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