Archive | August, 2009

Inappropriate LinkedIn Usage: 2 Examples

I suppose it’s only natural to expect a few examples of “bad behavior” when you get 40 million people together in any one place, including on a website.  Still, I just can’t resist calling attention to two sleazy practices that some LinkedIn users are starting to engage in that not only violate the spirit of […]

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LinkedIn: Career Change Secret Weapon

Everybody knows by now that LinkedIn.com is the single most important website to master if you’re looking for a new job, right?  Everybody’s gotten the memo?  Well, I’ve got news for you.  As good as LinkedIn is at helping people research companies, and make relevant job search contacts, it’s equally as good at helping people […]

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Grab Bag of Interesting Career Stuff

Over the past week or so, I’ve come across (or been forwarded) a number of links, articles, and resources that I feel are relevant to folks in career transition and eminently worthy of passing along via my blog.  So rather than carve out a separate posting for each item, I’m just going to bundle all […]

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Book Review: Bye Bye Boring Bio (Nancy Juetten)

If you’re feeling a little blah about your career or your business, and a can of Red Bull isn’t available, I’ve got a suggestion for you: call Nancy Juetten, author of the Main Street Media Savvy blog! Nancy is a local publicist and marketing expert who I recently had the opportunity to meet, and it […]

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Words From a Successful Job Hunter

Given the recent stretch of “success stories” I commented about a few posts ago, I asked some of these clients to document their journey and share some insights and observation about the job search process, now that they’re on the other side of it.  I’ll be keeping these commentaries anonymous, for various reasons, but am […]

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Career Q&A: What Interview Questions to Expect?

“Matt: I’ve got an interview coming up and want to make sure I’m prepared for every possible question the hiring manager could possibly throw at me.  Can we spend some time and work on this together?” I get approached with this kind of request fairly frequently, and while it’s a great thought, I usually tell […]

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And Now, Let Me Contradict Myself…

Sorry about the headline — just a little rummy Friday afternoon humor heading into the weekend!  Having written a fairly depressing post earlier today about the inescapibility of politics in today’s corporate world, however, I thought it was rather ironic that I received an e-mail from my friends at the Puget Sound Business Journal, announcing […]

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Re-Engaging After Job Loss

If you’re a member of Generation X, I have a hunch it will take you less than three seconds to recognize the slice of movie transcript below.  If not, click here to watch the movie clip live (warning: contains mild foul language…) Merlin: “C’mon, let’s get back in the game, Maverick!” Maverick: “Nah, it’s no […]

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WSJ “Expose” on the Outplacement Industry

As a veteran of the outplacement field for over 15 years now, I’ve had a ringside seat in observing both the best and worst practices of the industry — and seeing how the services of various outplacement firms have kept pace with the times and provided real value (or not) in terms of helping individuals […]

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Corporate Want Ads: Signs of Evolution?

Following the article I posted yesterday about candidates needing to be able to sell themselves as solutions, and showcase the added-value they can bring to an organization, one of my astute readers (thanks Michael!) sent me a published advertisement that he thought related closely to the concepts I was trying to get across.  He came […]

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