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Manners, Manners, Manners!

»Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in coaching, job search, networking | 2 comments

Manners, Manners, Manners!

It’s been a busy week of phone interviewing for me as I continue two recruiting searches. After what feels like countless hours on the phone, here are some tips for job seekers on phone interview etiquette. Ringtone/voice mail. If you aren’t able to answer your phone, your voice mail message and/or ringtone should be professional. It’s great if you have a message that has your voice saying “You’ve reached Jane Doe” or something along those lines…otherwise, I always wonder if I got the right number or not. If you have not taken the time to set up a voice mailbox and I get a message saying “You cannot contact the subscriber because their voice mail box is not yet set up” that’s not going to help you land a...

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Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

»Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in coaching, job search, networking | Comments Off on Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Last weekend was a crazy ride. I joined 3,000 people in downtown Portland for the World Domination Summit hosted by Chris Guillbeau. The summit is about “Living a remarkable life in a conventional world” and is filled with entrepreneurs. It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of great moments. Here’s my takeaways: There are lots and lots of people who want to quit their jobs. In fact, any time someone was speaking and said “I quit my job last week” or “I will quit my job on September 1” there was a huge roar of approval from the crowd. What struck me most about this was that so many people see entrepreneurship as an either/or proposition. Either you can work 9-5 for someone else, or you can have your own business. No...

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Career Disaster Planning

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search, networking | Comments Off on Career Disaster Planning

Career Disaster Planning

With the onset of summer comes the arrival of Hurricane Season. Over here on the West Coast, we find ourselves fairly immune to hurricanes but having almost all of my family in Louisiana reminds me that I can’t ignore hurricanes entirely. The National Hurricane Center has a three step guide to disaster management: Gather Information Plan and Take Action Recover This is a powerful metaphor for a unplanned job search. It could be a company-wide layoff or an unexpected firing that’s forcing you into the market.  Perhaps your job seems secure, perhaps you are content and nothing appears to be likely to change. But as history has shown, the economy can change overnight and being prepared for the worst while hoping for the best is a smart way to be...

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Value Your Time in a Job Search

»Posted by on May 20, 2013 in interviews, job search, networking | Comments Off on Value Your Time in a Job Search

Value Your Time in a Job Search

When you’re unemployed, any time spent job searching can feel worthwhile. After all you’re not sitting on the couch eating bon bons, right? Except… Time spent doing activities that aren’t going to yield results can begin to drain your energy and enthusiasm. For that reason, consider carefully how you spend your time in a job search. Online Employment Applications The internet is a vast, necessary resource in searching for a new job or planning a career change. However, the quagmire of the online employment application is an easy way to become lost… fast. It is tempting to spend an entire day filling out online applications and think you have accomplished something significant. But think again. Online applications help employers reach a...

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Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for Job Searching

»Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in job search, networking | Comments Off on Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for Job Searching

Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for Job Searching

One of the best ways to get your foot in the door at a company is through a connection who is employed there. Employers tend to give employee referrals higher weight when facing a daunting stack of resumes. Spending your time researching current employees is well worth your while, especially if you’re facing a job posting that hundreds of others are going to respond to. LinkedIn has made this easier than ever with their newly redesigned Alumni Tool. You’ve always been able to use a LinkedIn search to find fellow alumni, but now you can narrow it down to people from your graduation year, in your field of work, in your geographic area, or at a particular company. As someone who graduated from a large university (LSU) that doesn’t have many...

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Start Your Year with the “I Just Lost My Job” Exercise

»Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in coaching, networking | 2 comments

Start Your Year with the “I Just Lost My Job” Exercise

I hear from many people only after their worst case scenario has come true and they’ve lost their job. Today I spoke with a woman who lost her job of 12 years when the company abruptly closed it’s doors. Although this happened in November, she’s still reeling from the shock. You buy car insurance in case an accident happens, and life insurance to protect you and your family if something went horribly wrong. I’d like you to start thinking today about insuring your career from the ups and downs of your employer. That’s right, I want you to look out for yourself. What’s the best way to do this? Networking. (I’m ignoring any groans I hear). I promise, I’ll make it easy for you. And, since it’s the start of the New...

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