Archive | November, 2011

Career Poll: How Handle Age Discrimination?

Given that many of my clients are of the Baby Boom generation, and out there for seeking work with 20-30 years of experience under their belts, I get a lot of questions related to age discrimination.  These individuals often wonder to what extent they might be passed over in the hiring process, entirely due to […]

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Book Review: The Coming Jobs War (Jim Clifton)

Most of my readers, I suspect, are far more interested in “micro” economic topics these days than “macro” ones.  In other words, I don’t tend to write much about big-picture issues and what the job market might look like 10-20 years from now, given my hunch that most of my blog followers are more concerned […]

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LinkedIn Tip: The New Introduction Screen

You know that classic saying that “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing”?  Well, I’m afraid a little bit of that is going on with LinkedIn right now.  A few weeks ago, in one of my LinkedIn training sessions, one of the participants interrupted me to say: “But Matt, I’m confused.  […]

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Website Review: Visualize.Me

Anybody out there got a good eye for design, as well as for analysis?  If so, you might want to consider jumping into the growing field of infographics, since I see more and more signs that this occupation, which specializes in the visual representation of facts and data, is going to be a hot profession […]

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I Just Got Sold (& Loved It!)

Given the work I do with folks in career transition, I tend to receive a dozen or so calls each year from members of the financial planning profession, seeking to address my clients or to build a referral partnership of some kind.  They realize correctly, of course, that when people go through layoffs or leave […]

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LinkedIn Tip: Invitation Etiquette

Over the last few weeks, my schedule has included teaching a TON of LinkedIn classes and webinars around town to continue “spreading the gospel” about LinkedIn, and its amazing benefits, to those folks who still haven’t quite gotten the hang of it. And inevitably in these sessions — as I demonstrate the system — I’m […]

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Social Media & Your Career: Two Simple Rules

So have we reached the tipping point yet?  Have we arrived at the juncture where ALL professionals need to fully embrace social media and start using it, actively, if they hope to stay competitive in today’s employment marketplace? I don’t know about other people, but I’m just not quite ready to make this draconian decree, […]

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Burning Question: Would Your Job Search Impress an Outside Observer?

I believe it was Yogi Berra who famously once remarked “Baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical.” When it comes to the job hunting challenge, I couldn’t have said it better myself.  While there’s certainly a ton of “physical” work involved in the process, such as making calls, doing research, meeting people for […]

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