Category: Communication Skills

Pre-Interview Research

You got the interview, now what?  Time to dig in and learn all you can so you can shine in the face-to-face meeting.  Having good background on the company will make you look interested and prepared, but the research will give you valuable knowledge that will help confirm that this is in fact a place you want to work. Read More

The Art of the Cold Contact

Contacting people you don’t know, even over e-mail, can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. If you do your research, compose a professional communication, and get the right message across, it can be a rewarding process and a critical part of building your network. Read More

Elevator Pitch Done Right: A Step-by-Step Guide

Job seekers should have a concise summary of their core skills and accomplishments that they can deliver to anyone who will listen in a small window of time.  This is often referred to as an “elevator pitch.”  However, it is often used incorrectly.  When not done right, this little speech can kill your chances for further discussion, let alone finding a job lead.  Here is a step-by-step guide for creating a pitch and delivering properly: Read More

Video Friday: Using LinkedIn Groups to Network

You know LinkedIn is a great networking tool, but are you using it to to its fullest?  In today’s video, Jobfully Social Media Marketing Manager Dennis Grubbs explains how to use LinkedIn Groups to make connections. Read More

The Easiest Elevator Pitch to Deliver

Today our guest blogger is Jeff Haden. Jeff is a columnist for CBSMoneyWatch.com and Inc.com.  He has written more than 30 non-fiction books, including four Business and Investing titles that reached #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list.

Jeff learned much of what he knows about business from managing a 250-employee book manufacturing plant. Everything else he picked up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest CEOs and leaders in business.  Follow him on Twitter at @Jeff_Haden.

 

I’m terrible at delivering elevator pitches. While some people are great at making a wonderful first impression on potential clients, to me making an elevator pitch feels forced and obvious, so I usually chicken out and console myself by rationalizing that impromptu encounters with people in need of a ghostwriter aren’t likely anyway. Read More

How to Find a Job in a Different City

Job seekers have lots of reasons for considering work in other cities.  It could be for personal reasons, seeking a stronger economy, or hoping that there will be more demand for their skills.

Whether you are certain you want to move or are considering it, there are some special techniques you can use when looking for work in another city: Read More

Using LinkedIn Groups to Make Connections

Most jobseekers are familiar with the power of LinkedIn as a marketing and networking tool. But did you know you can use LinkedIn to contact people you don’t know including those in industries or with job titles of interest to you? Read More

A Job Seeker’s Guide to E-mail Communication

E-mail is probably the most common form of communication in the modern job search. You might use e-mail for networking, submitting resumes, following up, and more. Since e-mails are so important in so many stages of your job search, you want to avoid e-mail miscommunication. Here are some tips for ensuring that your e-mails are clear and effective. Read More

Debugging Your E-mail Communication

Communication can make or break a job search.  With so many emails being exchanged during a job search, we rarely take a step back to think about the effectiveness of our email communications.   Given the importance of clear and effective communication, it’s well worth every job seeker’s effort to think about their email usage and debug any glitches in this common form of communication. Read More