Archive | September, 2011

Acing the Phone Interview: Matt & Matt Weigh In

For whatever reason, I have a lot of people asking me for tips on phone interviewing these days.  Typically, when this happens, I route them to a blog post I wrote up a few years back that provides some specific advice on gearing up for phone interviews — an article you can find here if […]

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Asking for Help: Final Lightning Round!

I’m not sure how many diehard readers of my blog there are out there, but for those of you who pay close attention, you might have noticed that I waited a little longer than advertised to pull together the final installment of my recent “asking for help” series. If you missed these earlier articles, you’ll […]

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LinkedIn Tip: How Handle Unemployment Status?

With LinkedIn continuing to surge ahead as a major hiring and recruiting engine in the modern job market, the question commonly comes up among my client base — and among the professional community at large, I’d reckon — as to whether (or not) a person should indicate in some way on their LinkedIn profile that […]

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Career Poll: How Did You Get Your Last Job?

Ah, the age-old question.  What’s the best way to find a job? Should one rely mostly on published advertisements?  Work through recruiters and placement agencies?  Attend job fairs?  Hand out resumes at every networking event in town?  Produce a funny YouTube video?  Wear a sandwich board?  Pull out the phone book and cold-call every employer […]

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America’s Funniest (Job-Hunting) Video?

Not sure if I’m tremendously late to the party on this one, and all of you out there have already seen this clip, but a client of mine forwarded me the link below to a pretty amusing job-finding strategy from a young man targeting a position at Google.  Definitely worth a quick view, if you’ve […]

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Questions Rule. Who’s Got More?

How many of you caught my last blog article?  The one that emphasized the importance of “asking lots of questions” throughout the course of your job search — and taking advantage of every opportunity given to bounce your questions off various groups and individuals, since you never know where a great lead, referral, or career […]

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Questions, Questions, Questions…

Resourcefulness.  Drive.  Curiosity. A go-getting spirit. A willingness to ask for help. These are qualities that successful job hunters tend to have in abundance.  And yet, I’ll confess, I’ve come across quite a few “transitioning professionals” in recent weeks where these qualities were noticeably absent.  Or, to be fair, perhaps I’ve come across quite a […]

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Website Review: ReferenceUSA

What’s one of the keys to an effective job search?  Access to terrific company data.  When you think about it, in fact, the limiting factor behind the job search of many individuals today (at least the ones I come across) is that they’re not reaching out to nearly enough companies in search of employment — […]

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Volunteering: Smart Strategy or Weak Gambit?

While a small percentage of the population (whether through luck or careful planning) has acquired a set of specialized skills that are in extremely high demand right now, and can more or less write their own ticket, this experience is far from the norm.  Most of us just didn’t have the foresight — or good […]

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