Archive | January, 2010

Networking Advice from Bob #2

Did you happen to read my last post?  If so, you might remember the hypothetical scenario I laid out involving Bob #1, a more reserved character who typically engaged in “soft” networking, and Bob #2, a more assertive chap who routinely displayed “hard” networking qualities by being proactive and unabashedly hitting people up for favors, […]

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Soft vs. Hard Networking: Big Difference!

Amongst the sea of blogs, books, and information out there about personal contact networking, I’m going to show a little bit of thought leadership and officially coin the terms “soft networking” and “hard networking” to describe the two radically different forms of networking people seem to be engaged in these days.  In fact, I’m excited […]

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P.T. Barnum & TheLadders.com

Legend has it that it was P.T. Barnum, the larger-than-life circus promoter, who once uttered the famous phrase “there’s a sucker born every minute.”  Along these lines, if you’re a senior-level job hunter in transition, and especially one who has forked over subscription fees to TheLadders.com or any other fee-based employment site, you owe it […]

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Interviewing Lessons from the NFL

Although I’m admittedly not much a football fan, I’ve been captivated like a lot of people by the unusual drama taking place within the NFL playoffs this year.  In fact, as I type this, I’m sitting here watching the Indianapolis Colts put the finishing touches on the New York Jets — which is too bad, […]

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Chumming the Idea Waters: Three Links

To me, few things are more fun in life than listening to (or reading articles from) people who have unconventional ideas and unorthodox opinions about things — just as long as they’re being “intellectually honest” and are willing to defend and debate their point-of-view.  Consensus thinking is usually pretty boring, after all.  Even in the […]

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Take That, Unemployment Rate!

It’s been a good 24 hours.  During this time frame I was notified by three people, all of whom have been out hunting for work for at least six months, that they are about to kiss the unemployment world goodbye and start new assignments within the next two weeks.  Each of these people has had […]

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Interviews: Are You Playing the Game?

Interviews are no laughing matter.  Without question, they’re serious business and their outcomes have a profound impact on peoples’ lives.  So while my tendency to refer to them as a “game” may seem a tad bit too cavalier, at times, it’s also hard to deny that a healthy degree of gamesmanship takes place during almost […]

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Career Q&A: “Is the job market getting any better?”

Question: “Matt, given the number of job hunters you tend to work with on a regular basis, do you see any signs that the market is getting any better as we kick off 2010?” If you held my feet to the fire, my answer would probably be yes.  In the last month or two, there […]

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Website Review: Hourly Rate Calculator

Now HERE’S a website some of you might find really helpful, especially those of you embracing the “free agent nation” concept and going into business for yourselves — as well as those pursuing temp/contract work as a stop-gap measure while you continue to search for a permanent role.  One of the most common questions that […]

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LinkedIn Tip: “Settings” Menu Wizardry

If you’re an avid LinkedIn user, as I am, you’ve probably noticed that LinkedIn brought us all a little Christmas present for 2010: a brand-new interface!  Unfortunately, I wish they’d had the decency to give us a gift receipt.  I’m not a fan at all of the “new look” so far, although I’m hoping it […]

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