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A Jobseeker’s Guide to Growing Your Network

Tweet 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.

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:

Pros and Cons of Working in Small Companies

Tweet Your job search may pick up if you consider small companies as well as big names.  The numbers show there are more jobs there. As you expand your job search to include small companies, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons. Having worked in both a small company and a larger well established [...]

Don’t Ignore Smaller Companies in Your Job Search

Tweet Job seekers often focus their efforts on large firms with name recognition and, in the process, ignore smaller younger companies. However, by doing so, they are eliminating some good options. While looking for a job, you want to broaden your horizons and target a wide range of employers in your field of interest, regardless [...]

Networking for Introverts

Introverts can be a good networker, too! Here are suggestions for introverts on how to get ready to network.

Finding Openings at Small Companies and Start-ups

Tweet After looking at what you can demonstrate about yourself to increase your chances of landing jobs in small companies , let’s see where you can find some of these openings. Unlike large firms, small companies and start-ups do not always have formal job listings. There is no substitute for networking and it becomes all [...]

The Value of Expert Help in a Job Search

Tweet A friend of mine wanted to try doing a triathlon – a race involving swimming, bicycling and running. She was confident with the latter two but apprehensive about the swim. “I’ve been swimming since I was a kid, but I’ve never tried racing.”  I offered to take a swim with her and see how [...]

When Working Harder Isn’t Working

Tweet Have you ever worn yourself out with a course of action that simply didn’t produce the results you intended? Job seekers and working people alike are urged to work harder at achieving their goals, when working smarter is actually what they are really looking for.

Do Looks Matter?

Tweet Could your looks get in the way of your job search? It’s a question a lot of people are asking after a Newsweek article which said essentially looks matter.  According to the Newsweek survey of hiring managers, looks were the third most important factor after experience and confidence.  So what’s a job seeker to [...]

The Introvert’s Guide to Networking

Tweet If the idea of walking into a room full of people and talking to any of them makes you want to crawl back into bed for a week, this post is for you.  And the advice is coming from someone like you (me).  Many people (extroverts) say that to be successful in business or [...]

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