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5 Tips for Acing a Networking Event

Given that I’ve got a sizable networking event coming up, outlined here, I was giving some thought to a set of tips I could share with the people coming to help them get the most possible mileage out of this meeting — especially since I know a lot of my clients, like me, aren’t entirely […]

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The SEO of You: Know Your Keywords!

At one of my networking events not too long ago, a recruiter advised the audience of job seekers in attendance that the most important element of resume preparation was to ensure all the right keywords were contained somewhere in the document so that the resume would come up in a relevant database or applicant tracking […]

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LinkedIn Tip: New Premium Account Features

While LinkedIn is notorious for tinkering with their website on an ongoing basis, and I routinely experience “wow, that’s different than it used to be!” moments in working with the tool, the latest round of changes they’ve made bears calling out — since some of the latest tweaks they’ve made are fairly significant. For those […]

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Volunteering: A Smart Career Move?

Of all the different things that professionals today are looking for in their careers, the chance to do “meaningful work” is right up there near the top of the list.  Time after time, I’ve had individuals from the for-profit sector express the desire to take their careers in a new direction that would allow them […]

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Notes on the Networking Scene

While I’ve been waiting for a “unified theme” to emerge that would allow me to elegantly tie a bunch of my random observations together related to networking , I’m afraid one has eluded me for weeks.  So the heck with it.  Let me just dump a collection of observations on the table for consideration… •  […]

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Time to Run a “Professional” Job Search?

Between the passing of tax day, the looming Easter holiday, and the predictable onslaught of April showers, there’s no question about it –  spring has definitely arrived. As part of the seasonal ritual, both my son (who started Kindergarten this year) and my wife (who works for a school) got to enjoy a week off […]

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The Horrible, Wonderful Truth About Social Media

While I’ve always considered myself reasonably up to speed in terms of technology, I’ll confess I can no longer keep up with the constant onslaught of new tools, apps, and messaging systems.  And if you’re able to do this, yourself, my hat’s off to you. For example, a friend of mine recently asked if I […]

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The Value of Second Effort

We’ve all heard the saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” Have you heard the alternate version, attributed to WC Fields? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Personally, I’d submit there’s a third version needed for […]

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The Ugly Spectre of Unemployment Discrimination

As a society, we’re unfortunately well-acquainted with many forms of discrimination that take place in the working world, including discrimination against job applicants due to age, race, gender, and sexual orientation.  And while we still have a long way to go to eliminate these prejudices, we’ve at least legally prohibited them, at the very least. […]

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5 Tips for Resuscitating Old Relationships

If you’re a professional who has suddenly found yourself on the hunt for a new job, after years of stable employment, there’s a good chance that a major realization is going to hit you at some point.  When you discover just how many jobs have gone “underground” in today’s market, and how instrumental personal relationships […]

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