Archive | May, 2009

Career Q&A: Are Job Fairs Worth Attending?

“Matt: I keep seeing advertisements for various job fairs around town.  Are these worth attending?  And how about all of these ‘pink slip parties’ and similar events I’m seeing spring up where groups of unemployed people get together for drinks and such?” Let’s start with the first part of the question, related to the value […]

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Website Review: PDFDig.com

Interested in comparing your resume against those of your peers/competitors?  Or finding a sheet of helpful tips for introverted job seekers?  Or reading through a “career change checklist” to help plot your course to a new occupation?  If so, there’s a great new website called PDFDig that I’d recommend you get acquainted with! This website […]

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Give to Get: Game Theory

Ready for esoteric networking commentary, part two? While composing my previous article, about the tie-in between the famous “give to get” networking principle and the “potlatch” rite practiced by a number of Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest, it struck me that there was one other geeky example I could share where modern job […]

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Give to Get: The Potlatch Principle

Given the avalanche of books, literature, and blog articles that have been produced on the subject of “networking” over the past decade, it can be tough to find something new to contribute to the discussion, at times!  By now, most professionals (especially those in transition) have heard the same key networking themes dogmatically repeated dozens, […]

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job. Seriously!

While I suspect the majority of my readers out there are between jobs at the moment, given the focus of this blog, I wanted to take a quick detour and pen a short article aimed at sharing some advice for those of you in the working ranks, as well… Amazingly, what I’m finding is that […]

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State of the Job Market: A Visualization

A client of mine recently sent along an interesting little link that paints a picture of the job market (and its recent unpleasantness) in a new and different way than I’ve seen before.  If you click here, you’ll see this animated feature, which demonstrates the growth and shrinkage of the available jobs across the country […]

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Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl (Karen Burns)

If YOU just so happened to have held 59 different jobs in your life, you’d hope that you’d have a few interesting stories and pearls of wisdom to pass along, wouldn’t you?  Well Karen Burns certainly does!  The author of this new book (subtitled “Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use”) has written a […]

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Interviewing & the Killer Instinct

Are you competitive?  Do you like to win?  Does pressure tend to bring out the best in you? If not, you might be at a significant disadvantage in today’s interviewing process.  Like it or not, when the economy is stagnant and few new jobs are being added, interviewing becomes a zero sum game where winning […]

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Cover Letters: Time of Death, 2009…

As I shared with many of you in my latest newsletter, I’m finally throwing in the towel — and yielding to the overwhelming evidence suggesting that cover letters (at least in their traditional form) are no longer an effective or important part of the modern job search process. This may not seem like a big […]

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New Hard Drive: $100; Your Career Data: Priceless!

Having enjoyed the joyous experience of a complete laptop crash the other day (my machine did battle with a full glass of water — and lost!) the topic of “backing up” one’s data is painfully fresh in mind.  Luckily, I was able to resurrect all but a day or two of the information I’d lost, […]

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