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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.

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:

Should I Put Volunteer Work on My Resume?

Tweet Volunteer work is a great way to get involved and help make your community a better place.  It might also help land you your next job.  Many people don’t think to put volunteer work on their resume because it’s not a “regular” paying job.   When writing your resume, include any skills or experience that [...]

The Art of Follow-up

Tweet Some of the most common questions I hear from job seekers have to do with if/when/how to follow-up. Whether you’ve met a new contact, submitted a resume or gone in for interviews, appropriate follow-up is critical. Use your specific situation to determine how to best follow-up. Here are the basic guidelines as a start:

Answering the Question “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”

Tweet Where do you see yourself in five years?  It’s a question many people face in interviews, yet don’t take the time to prepare for it.  You may be tempted to envision where you’ll be in five years on a personal level, but that’s not an appropriate way to answer the question.

Why You Still Need a Cover Letter and How to Write a Good One

Don’t ignore cover letters. Here is why and how to write a good one.

How To Answer “What Do You Know About Us?”

Tweet “What do you know about us?”  It’s a common but puzzling question that gets asked at many interviews.  Last week we talked about how to research companies.  Today, how to present the information you gathered in a way that shows you did your research and highlights why your skills and background would be an [...]

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