Archive | April, 2011

How Can I Help You? (Part Two)

Among my recent postings, few have generated as much discussion and debate as the one I authored a few weeks ago, suggesting that job hunters should go beyond the standard “How can I help you?” line and get even more proactive in offering assistance to the people they encounter in their networking efforts. If you […]

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Job Market Ethics: It’s a Hornet’s Nest Out There!

If you’ve been unemployed for a considerable amount of time, would you stretch the truth or lie, outright, to land a job?  Or if you’re an employer who has seen your revenues significantly decline these past few years, would you mislead your employees or cut legal corners to keep the lights on — and keep […]

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Book Review: Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift!

Quick quiz.  For those readers of mine located, as I am, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, what comes to mind when you think of the town of Leavenworth, Washington?  Lederhosen, perhaps?  Bavarian architecture?  Picturesque beer gardens nestled in an alpine setting? Love the little town or hate it, Leavenworth is a terrific example of “branding” […]

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Any Futurists Out There?

Given what I do for a living, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that I’m frequently asked questions along the lines of “Matt, where do you think the job market is heading?” or “Matt, do you think the whole notion of careers is going to change, in the years ahead?” My frank answer?  I […]

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Job Hunting Tax Deductions for 2010

While perhaps not the most enjoyable subject to bring up, April 15th is bearing down on us like a freight train — so for any of you job hunters out there engaged in some frenzied last-minute tax preparation, I wanted to make sure you were fully aware of the various deductions you might be able […]

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My Beef With “How Can I Help You?”

Would it surprise you if I were to admit, despite my unshakable belief in the practice of reciprocal networking, that one of my growing pet peeves is when people end a networking conversation by saying “So Matt, how can I help YOU?” Sounds crazy, I know.  All the experts, all the books, all the networking […]

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LinkedIn Tip: Freeing Up Introduction Slots

Okay, enough frustrated people have recently asked me for help with this LinkedIn issue that I’m expediting a post about it! If you’re a reasonably experienced LinkedIn user, you’ve probably realized by now that the “Get Introduced Through a Connection” feature of the site is pretty much the most powerful networking tool available these days.  […]

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The Wisdom of Ken Grant: Be Interesting, Or Else!

You’re interesting, whether you know it or not.  You are an incredibly alluring and interesting person by default, simply because you are a human being with a unique background and a lifetime of stories to tell. That’s what Ken Grant believes, at least. Who is this Ken guy?  Ken is a long-time ally of the […]

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Career Poll: Biggest Silver Lining of Job Market?

If the job market were an independent business, I’m fairly certain its “compliant department” would be woefully overrun by now.  There are clearly many aspects of how the hiring process works today that aren’t sitting well with people on both sides of the fence — including both job candidates and employers alike.  In an attempt […]

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Job Hunting Mistakes: Learn From Them!

Last Friday, a frustrated client came into my office.  He seemed a little down and dejected, unlike his usual self.  And when I asked him how things were going, he blurted out: “Not good.  I had an interview at Microsoft yesterday and I (err) ‘mucked’ it up really badly!” My response?  I didn’t bat an […]

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