What If We All Stopped “Networking”?

What If We All Stopped “Networking”?

job search, networking
As we approach Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to write about one of the scariest topics out there for many job seekers: networking. I was surprised to realize I hadn't written a post specifically about this topic, even though it’s one of the biggest things I focus on with my clients. And it’s especially relevant this time of year, when there’s so much hiring activity going on and the calendar is full of conferences and events. There’s so much to say about networking, but today I want to focus on demystifying the process a bit and helping overcome some of the negative perceptions out there. For many people, the idea of networking feels "icky", transactional, or intimidating. And understandably so, if you think about it solely as a means…
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Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

Fall Cleaning For Your Job Search: 10 Ways to Prep For Peak Hiring Season

job search, LinkedIn, networking, resume, strategy
I spent all of Labor Day weekend cleaning out and organizing my house. It was definitely not the most fun way to spend a long weekend, but it was pretty satisfying to get rid of clutter and finally see the floor of some of my closets. This is not something I regularly do (thus all the clutter!), but there’s something about the start of a new season that energizes me to finally tackle nagging chores and start with a clean slate. I especially feel this way at the start of fall: no matter how old I get, the start of a new school year is exciting and feels like a chance to start fresh. Fall is also a peak time for hiring, so there’s no better time to dust off…
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Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

job search, networking, strategy
How to use your time off to boost your job search The holidays are here! After a busy and tumultuous few months, it’s finally time for a break. You may be dreaming about a schedule that doesn’t involve much more than eating and drinking, football watching, and general relaxing. But if you’re thinking about a career transition, I encourage you to spend some of this time on your job search. I can imagine the eye rolls as you read that, but hear me out! I’m not suggesting that you dredge up the resume from six years ago that you still haven’t updated or spend your break writing cover letters. Because who wants to do that on vacation?!  But there are a few things you’ll be uniquely positioned to do during…
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What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

job search, networking, strategy
After weeks or months of devoted networking, you’ve finally gotten an introduction to the perfect person at the place you’re dying to work. You dash off a thoughtful yet brief request to meet, and wait eagerly for a response. Days go by, then a week, and nothing. Your excitement and hope are fading fast, and your vision of an entry point to your chosen organization seems to be dashed. Now what? We’ve all been in this situation (yes, me too!). Sometimes, despite your diligent research and perfectly crafted emails, you don’t hear back. I often get questions about what to do in this scenario, so here are some tips: 1. Always follow up - people are busy and we all get too many emails. Not a great excuse, but that’s…
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4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

job search, networking, strategy
Summer is finally here! As you prep for beach and barbecue season, it can be tempting to let your job search slide. Everyone else is on vacation, so why shouldn’t you be? But here are 4 reasons that summer is actually a great time for your job search. 1. You can take advantage of downtime. Summer tends to be a slower time in the workplace overall, so people have more time to do things they may not otherwise be able to fit in - like meet with you! Networking is the foundation of your job search, so double down on your efforts and talk to as many people as you can. Set goals for yourself and track your progress to keep your motivation and accountability high. Been meeting with 1 person…
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