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  How to Obtain and Use References and Recommendation Letters
by Maureen Crawford Hentz - Feb, 2012
As a job-seeker, one of your most important assets is your stock of professional references. Both letters and phone recommendations can elevate a good candidate to a top choice and drop a good candidate down to the no-longer-considered pile. It's important that you manage your recommendations carefully to leverage them in the best possible way. The most important thing is to ask people who have good things to say about you...
 
  WANT MORE BALANCE?
by Nan S. Russell - Feb, 2012
Despite efforts on the Wii Fitness balance game, Wii persists in rating me as "unbalanced." And while it's true I'm feeling a bit stressed with a new book coming out in May, and more commitments than common sense dictates, being balanced is a challenge. Work reminds me of that balance game. Some days, I feel like I'm floating my avatar in a balloon down a lazy river, enjoying virtual sunshine and feeling pretty balanced, wh...
 
  3 Ways to Reinvent Yourself on LinkedIn
by Lindsey Pollak - Feb, 2012
We’re already a month into 2012 and most job seekers have given up on their lofty New Year’s resolutions. If you’re in this boat, don’t despair! Instead, use LinkedIn — and a few trusted friends or colleagues — to help you make the change you desire. Over the years I’ve observed the ways that people use LinkedIn to change career direction or perk up a slumping job search. Here are my three favorite reinvention tips: 1....
 
  36 Sources of Networking Contacts
by Thomas J. Denham - Feb, 2012
As you may know, networking is the number one job search strategy. One of your initial steps will be to identify a list of networking contacts. You may be thinking, “I don’t really have a network! Where am I supposed to find all these contacts?” It may be a real challenge to generate names, but the list below may help you uncover all the connections in both your personal and professional life. 1. Athletic Teams (ie. Gol...
 
  Building a Network in 8 Steps
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2012
You've probably heard a million times that networking is the way to land a job. But what if you don't have a strong network already? All is not lost—you can start now to build one. Debra Feldman, known as the "JobWhiz," is a professional networking expert and executive job search agent. Follow her suggestions to build a network that will help you land your next opportunity: 1. Develop a short list of target employers. It's...
 
  How to Stand out from the Crowd in a Competitive Market
by Frank Traditi - Jan, 2012
To stand out from the crowd, conduct your job search like a marketing campaign. The traditional picture of job-seeking is that you look for open positions posted somewhere and follow a formal application procedure to be considered for them. But with thousands of job-seekers applying for only those positions that are advertised, the competition can be overwhelming. The only way to beat the odds and the competition is to a...
 
  How to get a job: whose back do you have?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2012
Last night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address. He spoke a lot about jobs and getting people back to work, but that is not what inspired this post. The President spoke about a mission — and about being able to get something — something BIG — done, because you know someone has your back. This was the end of the speech: “One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the...
 
  Networking: Who do you know who…..?
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2012
Do you know who is in your network? Do you work your network effectively and efficiently? Let’s start with the facts. Everyone knows at least 10 people. Think of the old AT&T TV commercial where they talk about one person knows 10 people and those 10 people know 10 people and soon you have a screen full of hundreds to thousands of faces. How many people do you have in your network that you can connect with today? Have you lost...
 
  How to network AND get work experience at the same time
by Hallie Crawford - Dec, 2011
Struggling to find a job in your industry? Don’t discount the benefit of volunteering. If you volunteer your time in the field of work you are interested in, you still have the option to work a part-time position and make money outside of that industry if needed. This really helps fill gaps in your resume and allows you to network. Two key benefits of volunteering: Networking – While you are volunteering you are able t...
 
  Cool Tool for Job Search: BranchOut
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2011
Since its launch this year, BranchOut, a professional networking platform on Facebook, has been growing steadily. Before BranchOut, many job seekers were reluctant to use Facebook as a job search tool because of all the personal information that could be displayed. BranchOut leverages the power of the Facebook network, but the BranchOut profile only shows work history, education, and positive endorsements to business contacts....
 
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