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The following blog postings are all specific to job search - and you may want to seek out these specific postings to help you in your job search:
Now I know why people don't want to talk on airplanes
Nov 6, 2012 - I often hear horror stories of people who have no desire to talk on airplanes. And now I know why. I pride myself on meeting new people on planes and having interesting discussions. But what I witnessed the other day must, just must, be the reason people are gun shy about striking up a conversation on the plane...
Networking Pitfall: Your email signature line
Oct 1, 2012 - Last week, I got an email from Jerri – someone we’re doing business with. Her email had some bad news that I didn’t want to hear (read?), so I wanted to talk to her about it. When I picked up the phone to call her, I realized....
Are your networking efforts as effective as you think?
Sep 5, 2012 - I was at an event recently. I struck up a conversation with a man I’ll call Mike. I asked him what he did and he told me he worked for a bank. A bank I’d never heard of. Coming from Arizona – the land of....
Want to waste a lot of time? Just use email, IM and text.
Aug 2, 2012 - I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR the other day, and they were talking about an interesting study they did on how people communicate with each other in the workplace – looking for the most effective means of communication. Turns out all this....click here to find out
Lying on your resume is never a good idea. Just ask the ex-CEO of Yahoo!
Jun 11, 2012 - People are amazing. Truly amazing. And sometimes they even suggest they’re more amazing than they really are. All this talk of the CEO of Yahoo with an "inadvertent” error on his resume. Give me a break. He included....click here to find out
Are you aware of the impression you leave in a job interview or networking meeting?
May 7, 2012 - I recently connected Karen, a job seeker, with Kevin, a friend of mine who runs a business. I thought they would probably have a lot to talk about given they...click here to find out
Why no hiring managers want to give you feedback in your job search.
Mar 30, 2012 - Job Seekers say they want feedback, but I’m not sure they really do. Most people don’t give you feedback for one very simple reason. You take that as an opportunity to...click here to find out
Never underestimate another person’s network.
Feb 1, 2012 - People. They’re all around you. And guess what? They know other people. And it’s through these relationships that you may just find your next job, board member, customer or friend. Whenever I’m meeting someone for the first time, I think about...click here to find out
Mistakes by rookie networkers. They should all be Chopped!
Jan 6, 2012 - Did you see Chopped the other night? In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a cooking show with four chefs, and the one who makes the worst dish for each round (appetizer, main course, dessert) gets "chopped.” I couldn’t believe what happened. One of the guys...click here to find out
Are you guilty of using LinkedIn's list of overused buzzwords?
Dec 16, 2011 - Did you see the article this week from LinkedIn where they talked about the most overused buzzwords in members’ profile summaries? Their premise is that if you’re trying to sound unique and using the same words as everyone else, then, you’re not so unique. They have a point. Do people need to...click here to find out.
Introducing yourself at an event... are you seizing the moment?
Dec 6, 2011 - Last week, I was in a meeting full of very impressive businesswomen. At one point during the meeting, every person stood up and took the time to introduce themselves. I don’t know if people realize...click here to find out
Coming in second isn’t always a bad thing… unless it’s for a job. Then second might as well be dead last.
Nov 1, 2011 - Our Atlanta facilitator, Mike Wien just came in second in his age group for the Ironman World Championships. In Kona. Yes, the big one! What a huge accomplishment! He feels great about second place. And he should! After more than an hour in the water and six hours on a bike, Mike was...click here to find out
How do you build relationships if people are scared to talk to you?
Oct 2, 2011 - I often say that it takes a lot of little impressions to make a big impression. And it’s with this in mind that I think about the idea of approachability. It’s hard to build relationships when people feel like...click here to find out
The opportunity to network is all around you. Are you paying attention?
Aug 31, 2011 - Networking doesn’t just happen at formal networking events. In fact, most of the really good networking is all around you. You just have to be ready for it. I went to Sydney and Bali recently. I love travel, but I especially love international travel! And because my husband and I have...click here to find out
Are you interviewing for an executive role? How are you coming across? It may be different than what you think?
Aug 1, 2011 - Recently, we were helping a company find some candidates for an executive-level position. Early in the process, we brought people in for a quick meet-and-greet. And those who couldn’t make it, we did a video conference. Boy, can you learn a lot about a person when you see how they...click here to find out
Why does the hiring process take so long?
July 4, 2011 - Tired of the interview process? Is it taking longer than you thought it would? Is Congress faster at making a decision than the company looking to hire you? Welcome to the world. Yes, sometimes it takes a while. A long while. In fact, companies...click here to find out
Why nobody really cares about your "job search update" email. And why you shouldn't either.
May 31, 2011 - To my dearest Friends (so dear that I can’t even name you individually), It’s been one month and two days since my last update. I’m so sorry for the delay as I’m certain you’ve been anxiously awaiting to hear the latest update on my job search. Well, it’s probably obvious to you by virtue of receiving this email that I...click here to find out
Why is society shunning the conversation?
May 2, 2011 - It’s just a matter of time. It’s just a matter of time before we don’t need a voice anymore. After all, who uses theirs anymore anyway? We live in a world of online communication. And what seemed like such a technological breakthrough is on the verge of creating...click here to find out
Why I don't talk about The Price Is Right at networking events.
Mar 30, 2011 - You know what I want to talk about when I go to a networking event? The Price Is Right. I love The Price Is Right!! Absolutely love it!! Not only do I watch the show, but I have the game loaded on my iPhone. Nothing makes...click here to find out
When is a good time to start networking for a position you saw online?
Mar 1, 2011 - You just saw a posting for a position. Great! Are you ready to start networking your way into the job? Whoops. Too late. You know when you should’ve started networking for the job?...click here to find out
What Andre Agassi's Coach taught me about the job search.
Feb 1, 2011 - I recently read OPEN, Andre Agassi’s book. If you haven’t read it, you ought to. It’s an incredible read (and I’m not just saying that because I went to high school with J.R. Moehringer, the guy who co-wrote it). At one point, Agassi’s coach is reminding him that...click here to find out
Is 2011 the year to get to know everyone?
Jan 12, 2011 - I was at a networking function this morning, and ran into Bill – an incredibly genuine and all around fantastic guy. He introduced me to Susan by saying "This is Molly – she knows everyone!” With an introduction like that, I wasn’t surprised that...click here to find out
Networking gone wrong! Completely wrong.
Dec 1, 2010 - I should have followed my own advice. But no. Time was of the essence and I couldn’t afford to wait a moment longer. What a mistake! What a HUGE mistake. It went something like this: I want to get a meeting with Marty, an SVP of a fairly large technology company who shall remain nameless, but safe to say they are the backbone to networks (and might rhyme with ...click here to find out
What does your story say about you?
Nov 1, 2010 - I was at a networking event last week. It was mostly for entrepreneurs and those looking to fund entrepreneurs. And as I met person after person, I was amazed at what each person’s story said about them. Three people I met happened to be in a job search. And that was pretty much the second thing out of their mouth. The first thing was ...click here to find out
When it comes to networking, go big or go home!
Oct 5, 2010 - I was speaking about networking at a conference a couple weeks ago, and I asked the attendees if they enjoyed networking. One man raised his hand and said "I can’t stand it. It’s boring. I don’t meet interesting people. Frankly, I’d rather stay home.” And I thought about it for a second, and then said...click here to find out
Lessons Learned in the Job Search
Aug 30, 2010 - I was speaking with Mike, one of our Executives Network members, recently about his job search. He said it was certainly the hardest thing he’d ever done. And while he felt like he was close to landing, he had a few lessons he learned in the process...click here to find out
How many contacts does it take to get a job at your target company?
Aug 3, 2010 - Really? How many people do you need to connect with to get the job of your dreams? Just one, right? All it takes is one. It reminds me of that old...click here to find out
How good are you at dealing with difficult situations?
July 5, 2010 - I was at a yoga retreat a few weeks ago. It was incredible. One entire weekend of practicing yoga, talking about yoga, and thinking about how it positively affects our lives. During one of the sessions, Sumit, my teacher, talked about...click here to find out
Keith Ferrazzi asks...Are the relationships you’ve built today the ones that will help you succeed in the future?
May 19, 2010 - Your network is your net worth. That’s what Keith says. Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back, joined us for a webinar on Building Relationships That Matter. Listening to him was....click here to find out
What's the difference between a video resume and a train wreck?
May 9, 2010 - Nothing! That’s what! Absolutely nothing! I saw a video resume the other day. It was the best video resume I’ve ever seen. But for the record, I am not a fan of video resumes (to put it lightly). For the most part, I think....click here to find out
What's the biggest issue of 2010?
March 21, 2010 - It was something like being on The View! I was on a panel for the Women in Business event last week. Ilana, Editor of the Business Journal, started the discussion by asking each of the four panelists...click here to find out...click here to find out
Is your lack of industry experience wrongfully taking you out of the running for the right position?
January 10, 2010 - Three times in the last month I’ve been asked if I’m a medical doctor. Those in question were not run-of-the-mill citizens. They were...click here to find out
Are you worth recruiting?
December 3, 2009 - If you know anything about me, you know that I’m really into football. And I mean really into it! One Saturday, last month, was...click here to find out
Why your 'need' of a job is getting in the way of actually getting a job.
November 6, 2009 - I was riding my bike this morning when I passed a handwritten sign. It said "Car Painter Needs Work” and listed a phone number. My initial thought was...click here to find out
How do you get out and network when you have a physical injury?
October 12, 2009 - Well, there’s no easy way to hide an injury – unless you do all of your networking over the phone. Diane, one of our Executives Network members, recently had a spinal cord injury from...click here to find out
How your conversations are keeping you from being an effective networker.
September 21, 2009 - Last week, I was talking to a friend of mine. "How are you doing?” she asked. "I’m really tired. I was on six different planes and three different hotels in three days, but it was…” Before I could...click here to find out
How to dramatically increase your networking opportunities by making one minor change.
September 1, 2009 - I was riding my bike this morning. I came up to an intersection to make a left turn. I pulled into the middle of the intersection, just like...click here to find out
Do you have any idea how fascinating the people are that you'll meet at your next networking event?
August 14, 2009 - I went to a funeral a few years ago. My sister’s friend’s mom passed away. My memory of her mom was...click here to find out
Why being an expert won't always get you the job.
July 27, 2009 - I went to a conference last week. At lunch, I was sitting at a half-filled table. Two of the people happened to be presenting at breakout sessions during the 2pm time slot later that day. Debbie, an attendee, was trying to...click here to find out
"I wouldn't mind working there" and other phrases to never use in the job search.
February 13, 2009 - I was interviewed by Channel 2 in Denver this morning. One of the questions the reporter asked me was this: If, when targeting a company or position, is it was okay to say...click here to find out
Do you know why you were put in this job search?
February 10, 2009 - I just got back from drinks with some friends. One person, Joe, was telling me that he needs to get his knee replaced. Seeing that he didn’t quite look like a card-carrying member of AARP, I asked him...click here to find out
How can you tell when a company is just not that into you?
February 6, 2009 - I was in the Dallas airport the other day and ran into a guy that I dated last year. Well, to say we dated is probably an extreme. We went on two dates. I thought...click here to find out
Networking Tip: Your Email Address
February 3, 2009 - If you’re using your personal email address for the job search. STOP!! You’ll have to...click here to find out
Networking Tip: Always bring something to take notes with.
January 28, 2009 - I am constantly amazed at the number of people who show up at a networking event completely unprepared. I was having a conversation with...click here to find out
Does your target industry mean what you think it means?
January 25, 2009 - The other day, in one of our Executives Network meetings, Adam was describing his target industry. He said he’d like to work in the Service industry. That’s perfect if everyone knows...click here to find out
Are you getting the most out of every networking event?
January 21, 2009 - I just got back from an Executives Network Happy Hour in San Francisco. It was really great! What made it so great was...click here to find out
Don’t confuse a networking event with a job search meeting. Act accordingly.
January 18, 2009 - Too many times, people in the job search go to every function regardless of type and act like it’s a job search meeting. It goes something like this...click here to find out
The Job Search Meeting...it could be the key to your next position.
January 12, 2009 - Every good job search includes participation in meetings that are strictly for job seekers. Why is this important? People who are in the search typically know...click here to find out
Changes to make in the New Year that will help you find a better job.
January 9, 2009 - I’ve always hated when people make resolutions for the New Year. I hate even more those lists from the previous year - forget the past, move on, focus on...click here to find out
Why would someone I don't even know help me in my job search?
December 21, 2008 - Good question. Let me ask you something. If you had the opportunity to help someone, would you? Of course you would. Guess what?...click here to find out
Being out of work during the holidays may be the greatest gift of all.
December 18, 2008 - Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Bah Humbug. When you’re out of work, it’s sometimes difficult to get into the holiday spirit while you’re mind is...click here to find out
Networking Tip: How to get better conversations by asking smart questions.
December 10, 2008 - Don't ruin a networking opportunity by focusing so much on your job search, you forget the person you're meeting with might actually...click here to find out
The Interview: How to secure a call back...and possibly the job!
December 7, 2008 - In the interview, is it appropriate to ask for the job right then and there? Sometimes. Think about it from a sales perspective. A great salesperson will...click here to find out
Networking Pitfall: Making assumptions why someone hasn't responded
December 4, 2008 - Let’s say you contacted someone on Monday. It’s now Wednesday and you’re trying to figure out why that person is avoiding you! Here’s a thought...click here to find out
What makes you different...I mean really different?
December 2, 2008 - If I sit in one more executive job search/networking meeting and listen to some CIO tell me what makes him different is that "I work with people, process and technology” I think I’ll...click here to find out
The thank you note...important or insignificant?
November 30, 2008 - In honor of the Thanksgiving weekend, I thought it appropriate to comment on the use of thank you notes - especially when it comes to...click here to find out
Are you managing your job search to produce the greatest returns?
November 25, 2008 - I was visiting my friend, Mike, in New York recently. Mike is a trader on the commodities exchange. He’s been trading for more than...click here to find out
My skills are transferable...right?
November 23, 2008 - How many times do I hear from people in the job search who say: "I don’t want to focus on any one industry because I believe my skills are transferable.” Guess what?...click here to find out
Networking Pitfall: Offering to take them to lunch.
November 21, 2008 - What? Why is this a pitfall? Who doesn’t like lunch? Well, I like lunch, but I don’t know if I like you yet. And the thought of meeting you for the first time over what may be...click here to find out
How to get a meeting with anyone.
November 19, 2008 - So, you’ve done your homework. You know with whom you’d like to meet. You even have a referral to that person (and if you don’t, get one!). Now what do you do...click here to find out
Thanks for the LinkedIn Invite...Who are you?
November 17, 2008 - I just received another one. Another LinkedIn invitation from someone, and I don’t have a clue who he is. This happens a lot. I’m not certain what prompts these strangers to...click here to find out
Networking Pitfall: Calling someone Mr. or Ms.
November 15, 2008 - After you’ve graduated from college, the only appropriate time to address someone with the title Mr., Mrs. or Ms. is...click here to find out
Why do we spend more time preparing for a water landing than a job search?
November 13, 2008 - Every time I get on an airplane (which is quite frequently these days), the flight attendants go through the same emergency drill. Not once have I had to...click here to find out
When was the last time you received a letter?
November 11, 2008 - If you’re like most people, it’s been quite a while. I used to love checking my mailbox for letters. Now I’m lucky if I check it every...click here to find out
Just one word to say about cold calling.
November 9, 2008 - Don’t! Just don’t! Be very un-Nike-like. Don’t do it! Here’s what people are thinking when the phone rings...click here to find out
Nobody cares about your resume.
November 7, 2008 - So quit sending it to everyone you know in hopes that they "know of a job that’s perfect for you.” The other day, my friend asked me to review her resume. With a deep sigh, I said...click here to find out
Networking Pitfall: The Referral Inquisition
November 5, 2008 - Nothing’s worse than giving a referral, and then getting the equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition as to the strategy of how they should approach...click here to find out
Here's my card. Uhhh, no thanks!
November 3, 2008 - I was in a taxi the other day and the driver was sharing some incredible insight that he read in a networking book. It said...click here to find out
How do I stay in touch without being a pest?
November 1, 2008 - I spoke with Anne the other day. Two weeks ago, she went through a round of interviews and thought it went...click here to find out
Thanks, but I already have a contact.
October 30, 2008 - When I sit in the Executives Network meetings, I listen to people offer up a contact, only to have the person on the receiving end say...click here to find out
A Referral vs. an Introduction. Which is better?
October 28, 2008 - About two weeks ago, my friend Alex told me was very excited because he spoke with an ex-colleague and that person was going to make an introduction to a CEO friend of his. I said...click here to find out
Networking Pitfall: Being Mysterious
October 26, 2008 - Nothing makes me more suspicious than the phone call that goes something like this...click here to find out
You're doing it wrong!!
October 24, 2008 - I’ve watched people in the job search for more than six years. And as the economy gets worse, so does your approach to finding and landing the next great opportunity. Here’s what "You’re Doing it Wrong” looks like...click here to find out