Archive | March, 2009

Website Review: Jobvent.com

Call me crazy, but when I first came across this site and started browsing through it, I swear I heard a deep announcer’s voice in the background saying: “In the world of cyberspace, noone can hide…” Jobvent.com is one of the growing number of websites (another popular one is Glassdoor.com) designed to “level the playing […]

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5 Tips for Achieving “Maximum Referability”

It doesn’t really matter who you are, where you live, or what you do for a living — the odds are, a large portion of your ongoing success is going to boil down to your ability to generate a consistent stream of quality referrals from your network. As a job seeker, personal referrals are vital […]

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City University: Laid-Off Worker Scholarships

I just heard from my good friends over at City University of Seattle that they are in the process of launching a special new Laid-Off Worker Scholarship program that will provide over $2.7 million in tuition grants to help unemployed professionals participate in some of the school’s outstanding graduate/undergraduate degree programs. I salute the university […]

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Beware the “Passive Networking” Trap!

Back in the nineties, when I started a new coaching or outplacement engagement with a client, I would often have to educate them on the important role that networking plays in job search success — and then explain what the word “networking” actually meant, since at the time, this was a fairly new buzzword that […]

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Interviews: Are You Proving Your Case?

While writing one’s resume can be a tricky business, and cover letters continue to bamboozle even the best of us, I doubt anybody out there looking for work at the moment would disagree with me when I maintain that the hardest part of the job hunting process, at least in the current climate, relates to […]

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Those Who Can, Teach!

Looking for a job with more meaning?  Want to have a hand in shaping the next generation?  If so, perhaps the timing is right to take your years of hands-on industry experience and translate them into the teaching profession! During a recent coffee catch-up meeting with a good friend of mine, Horst Momber, the Director […]

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Career Q&A: Executive MBA Programs?

“Matt: I am pleased to report that I’ve been accepted into the Wharton School’s Executive MBA Program.  Should I decide to enroll, however, I’ll be on the hook for $160,000!  Do you think this would be a wise investment, especially in this economy?” First of all, good for you!!!  Regardless of whether you move forward […]

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Elevator Pitch: Is Yours Made to Stick?

When companies hire new sales professionals, they typically put them through a rigorous course of training that includes specific instruction on how best to “pitch” the company’s products to customers.  They then coach the new hire through many rounds of practice, often videotaped, until the individual can deliver the desired sales pitch smoothly, successfully, and […]

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To Twitter or Not To Twitter?

Now HERE’S a post that might stir up some lively debate… 🙂 When it comes to social networking websites and their role in job hunting, I’ll confess, I’ve pretty much “only got eyes” for LinkedIn at this point — but have been seeing increased chatter out there about the importance of using other networking sites […]

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Compassion: Let’s Raise the Bar!

We’re all busy.  We’re all stressed.  We’re all worried about the economy, our jobs, and our futures.  And we all feel badly that we there isn’t more we can do, directly, to help the many anxious job seekers out there get plugged back into a suitable opportunity.  And while those of us in the career […]

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