Gaming the System When Networking

If the thought of an evening spent “networking” makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Despite understanding that networking is about building two-way relationships and that positive intentions (e.g., a willingness to help others) can make it feel more natural, many still struggle with motivating themselves to make meeting new contacts a part of daily life. …

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The Odds Are Against You – Change Them!

If you’re networking with well-connected professionals, chances are they hear “Can I pick your brain?” a lot. Personally, that phrase makes me cringe, even though I’m a firm believer in networking. Aside from it being obviously one-sided, it just sounds unpleasant (pick my brain?). So, even though I’m inclined to help, not everyone will be …

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Most Job Seekers DON’T Do This (and it costs them the offer!)

After personally reading thousands of applications and conducting hundreds of interviews, there is one thing that makes it infinitely easier to hire a candidate – the tie-back. Most job seekers understand the importance of communicating strengths that are relevant to the job requirements. What makes this strategy even more effective is the tie-back – that one sentence …

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Here’s How to Get the BEST Jobs

Recently I was listening to a former colleague share how she landed her new job at a wildly popular technology company. As she was explaining how she ultimately got in front of the decision-maker, I stopped and said, “Wait, you did what?!” It turns out she posted an article skillfully countering a point the Hirer …

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