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  The New Social Business Card: Poken Review
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2010
Imagine you are at a job fair. You have 10 copies of your resume, and 50 business cards. You are ready to network! However, about half way through the aisles you begin to run out of materials. So you’re more selective about who you give your information to. Then you begin to wonder what those companies are actually going to do with your card or resume…will they be tossed away or lost in the pile of hundreds of other ones fr...
 
  Finding Your Targets With LinkedIn
by Harry Urschel - Jul, 2010
Anyone who’s been using LinkedIn for their job search for a while understands the great value it can be. It’s tremendous for creating a profile in order to be found, for finding contacts at companies you are pursuing, and for preparing for an interview by learning about your interviewer and others at the organization. However, people often miss another way LinkedIn can be used to help them greatly in pursuing their job sear...
 
  Twitter Users Are More Likely To Get Job Interviews
by Miriam Salpeter - Jul, 2010
Do you think of Twitter like this badge describes – as a pointless exercise? It may be time to rethink! Have you ever considered the skills you use to leverage Twitter well? It is not rocket science, but it does require key abilities, and not everyone has them. Sending tweets that inspire people to read, retweet and reply requires an ability to communicate in the short form. It turns out this may be much more valuable than...
 
  Are You Committing The Top Three LinkedIn Profile Sins?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
If you're stopping to read this, chances are good that you're not maximizing your LinkedIn Profile in a way that will actually get you hired. Here are 3 common pitfalls to avoid when setting up and using LinkedIn for a job search: 1 - Failing to use all the space provided. You’re guilty of this if your summary is comprised of just a few sentences, your work history only includes titles (and no description of your achi...
 
  Two Networking Conversation Starters
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2010
Looking for a job? Raise your hand if you love networking. I thought so. And why don’t you get a thrill out of talking to friends and family about your job search? For many folks, it’s a problem of how to start. There’s really no way to ask, “Know anyone who’s hiring?” without feeling awkward. To fix that, here are two ways to open your next networking conversation that are proven to produce job leads -- and won...
 
  I’ve Got a LinkedIn Profile - Now What?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
If you’re currently searching for a job, Linkedin offers a free and easy way to create a presence for yourself online. While some people think of the site as simply another place to post their resumes, it offers many other career promotion tools as well. For example: Start a reading list LinkedIn is not a great place to advertise the trashy romance novel you read by the pool, but it does allow you to show professional...
 
  Using Networking Groups to Your Advantage
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
I know what you’re thinking: walking into a room full of strangers and announcing that you’re unemployed is as far from your comfort zone as you can get. Networking is awkward and makes you feel desperate. Do you really have to do it? The answer is no. Some people do find work without assertively networking. It just generally takes them a lot longer than those who are out actively saying, “I have a lot to offer and I ne...
 
  What To Do About An Employment Gap
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
Historically, having a significant gap in your professional employment has been seen as a huge negative on a resume. However, given that a May Gallup poll showed that 19% of the American population is underemployed (either not working or working part-time instead of full-time), there are many, many job seekers out there wondering how to handle this resume issue. The good news is that there are ways to present gaps in employm...
 
  Two Ways to Network Smarter
by Kevin Donlin - Jun, 2010
Networking -- everyone will tell you it’s a great way to connect with employers. Yet, I get more questions and complaints from readers about networking than almost any other employment topic. Why is that? Here’s an example. Russ, in Minneapolis, writes: I am looking for a job. The problem is that I have not the foggiest idea where to network. I am looking for a management position, possibly in manufacturing, but I...
 
  NextGen Sales: Understanding Social Selling
by Barbara Giamanco - Jun, 2010
There is fair amount of buzz about a concept called “social selling” (often used synonymously with Sales 2.0, a term coined and trademarked by Nigel Edelshain). Certainly some people will argue that sales, particularly B2B sales, has always depended on a sales reps ability to build a relationship with their potential buyer, which could be viewed as a social activity. Since successful selling has always revolved around relation...
 
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