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The Most Underused Job Search Tool:  Appreciation

The Most Underused Job Search Tool: Appreciation

Recently, I led a workshop for women (and 1 man) who are looking for their “right fit” job. The discussion yielded solid consensus on one thing: there is not very much acknowledgement and appreciation in the workplace today. Around the room, I heard people feel under-appreciated – for their efforts, results, talent, and contributions. Some... ...Continue Reading
How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

References can make or break your chances of getting a job offer.   Make sure your references are all good! One lukewarm reference will sow seeds of doubt in an employer’s mind.  It’s possible that with 2 other enthusiastic references, you could get an offer.  One negative reference?  Consider the job someone else’s. Get prepared... ...Continue Reading
Yikes! Should I Not Ask People Out for Coffee While Networking?

Yikes! Should I Not Ask People Out for Coffee While Networking?

A client forwarded this New York Post article to me, asking the question in this post’s title.  The title of the article –  “Why people are now charging to network over coffee” – is both provocative and downright scary to potential job seekers. It is the New York Post, after all. Thankfully, the article is not... ...Continue Reading
3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

Social media is all about creating and maintaining a network of people you like, respect, and have some kind of affinity with. These are the 3 key social media sites I use and that I recommend for job seekers. 1. LinkedIn. I talk about it all the time – LinkedIn is the place to find... ...Continue Reading
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
Reaching Out To Recruiters: Sample Scripts

Reaching Out To Recruiters: Sample Scripts

You can reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn or email as part of your job search strategy.  There are external recruiters – those who send candidates to companies – and internal recruiters – usually on the HR staff.  Some companies use both, some use only one. Reaching out to recruiters is a chancy proposition, though,... ...Continue Reading
How LinkedIn Can Kick Start Your Job Search

How LinkedIn Can Kick Start Your Job Search

A client wrote that she had gotten congratulations on her new job from a couple of people, after we updated her LinkedIn profile.  Apparently, even though we disabled the notices setting, logged off, then logged back on and turned on the notices, LinkedIn somehow registered the change in the previous session and broadcast it to... ...Continue Reading
Be in Action to Find Your "Right Fit" Job

Be in Action to Find Your “Right Fit” Job

“Leave no stone unturned” is the usual rule for a successful job search. Being in action is what works for you to find a job.  Stop searching and start finding by being out and about, visible, engaging, asking people to help you reach your goal, and applying for “right fit” jobs. I urge my clients... ...Continue Reading
Do I Really Have to Use LinkedIn? Or, You Can Improve Your Job Search With Social Media

Do I Really Have to Use LinkedIn? Or, You Can Improve Your Job Search With Social Media

Fast Company magazine just ran a piece on how big companies are using social media for recruiting, especially to get the most capable candidates.  Take a look at the infographic toward the bottom to see some fascinating statistics about which companies are really using LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook – and the results they get. LinkedIn... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Door!

Job Search Basic: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Door!

Opportunity knocked on the doors of two clients this week, and they didn’t realize it. Luckily, they contacted me to ask what they should do.  I said “Answer the door!” Situation 1: Joe (not his real name) got an email from a woman who says this: My name is Jane Doe and I work for... ...Continue Reading
11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

This is the short list of practical approaches to finding the job you want, the one that fits you. And yes, even in this economy, these approaches work. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. There are so many common-sense things you can do. Get started with these and read more of my blog to find details on... ...Continue Reading
Hurricane Sandy Fallout for Job Seekers

Hurricane Sandy Fallout for Job Seekers

Here on the East Coast of the US, we are reeling from Hurricane Sandy’s impact. In my town, more than half the households lack power and the main train route into NYC – carrying 50,000 passengers a day – is washed out and not due to reopen for weeks or months.  My friends and family... ...Continue Reading