Archive | August, 2011

Website Review: Insidejobs.com

Despite the thousands of books, websites, and assessment tests out there that have been created to help people with career change and exploration, there’s still a HUGE GAPING HOLE in the system — and everybody in the business pretty much knows it. The Achilles Heel of career change?  The market is evolving much faster than […]

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LinkedIn Tip: Beware the “Person I Trust” Virus!

Hi folks–anybody else starting to see some LinkedIn invitations showing up in your inbox, from people you’ve never heard of previously, with the following message attached? “Since you are a person I trust, I wanted to invite you to join my network on LinkedIn.” I’ve had three recent invitations come in that contain this exact […]

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Broadcast Networking Letters, Redux

For those who track my blog fairly regularly, you may recall that I posted an article late last month called Broadcast Networking E-Mail: Great Example where I outlined the virtues of communicating with your entire network via e-mail, early on, about your job availability. That article generated a lot of positive responses (both as comments […]

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Job Hunters Behaving Badly

While I know that people in the HR/Recruiting world tend to get cited a lot for “conduct unbecoming” out there in today’s job market, however fairly or unfairly, let’s also not forget that it’s a two-way street and that job hunters, as well, need to make sure they maintain a high level of politeness, professionalism, […]

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Closing Interviews: Adding a Personal Touch

While it’s not the first time I’ve ever written about this issue (see my “How Would Goldilocks Close An Interview?” article from last year) I’ve had a lot of people recently ask me about how to “close” an interview effectively — so I thought I’d not only remind people of the previous article above, but […]

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Career Poll: Key Career Change You’d Make?

It’s the perfect time of the week to dissect this latest poll of mine, given that Monday mornings are famous for the “Monday morning quarterback” concept, where sports fans throughout the world look back on how their favorite teams played over the past weekend and engage in all kinds of criticizing, critiquing, and second-guessing about […]

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Calling Companies on their Poop

If you’ve recently found yourself in the market for a new job, after many years of gainful employment, I’ve got two words for you.  BRACE YOURSELF.  Because you’re going to encounter a bevy of bad behavior out there from various organizations — at least compared to the standards we’ve come to expect from years past! […]

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Burning Question: What If the Job Market Never Recovers?

Okay, I’ve sitting on this article for a while and have decided there’s probably NO good time to run it — so I might as well just throw it out there this week and get it over with, in light of some of the scary stuff that’s been happening on Wall Street lately, as well […]

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LinkedIn Tip: One-Touch Job Application

Are resumes an endangered species?  Are we nearing the point where social media websites and other new tools/technologies will fully displace the familiar world of printed career documents, cover letters, and cumbersome job applications? People have predicted such developments for many years now, but my opinion has always been that resumes are like crabgrass: they’re […]

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