Networking is not only great for your career, but also your job search. It’s been estimated that as many as 80 percent of jobs are filled through some sort of networking, which is why neglecting your network and shying away from new contacts can be detrimental to your success.
Want to know what type of networker you are? Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like, created a quiz about the different types of networkers. More
Most of us Young Career Women have gotten the message by now that we need to be better at negotiating: Some economists even think that women’s avoidance of negotiating is even responsible for the persistent wage gap. But in between all the rah-rahing over toughening up our skills, there’s one fact that doesn’t get nearly enough attention: negotiating is excruciating. That’s why I loved writer Logan Sachon’s hilarious piece in the Hairpin this week about her long-established habit of saying “okay” to whatever offer is put in front of her. In my case, at least, it’s funny because it’s true. More
Recruiting is a key component for a company’s success. There are many different ways to recruit top talent, but there are also myths surrounding recruitment. Obviously, you want to be sure to avoid these to ensure your future success. Here are five common recruitment myths. More
This recruiting season, an NYU student wrote a “laughable” cover letter for J.P. Morgan. According to Yahoo! Finance:
Since Thursday, February 2, when a Bank of America Merrill Lynch director forwarded the cover letter out to his entire team, offering drinks “to the first analyst to concisely summarize everything that is wrong with” the note, it has passed through more than a dozen firms.
Did you know that February is widely recognized as National Reading Month?
While we should be reading year-round — whether it’s keeping up with our profession and industry news or reading the classics or contemporary best sellers — this month is a special time for folks of all ages to sit down and read an old favorite or a new literary gem.
Reading is clearly valuable for just about anyone for a variety of reasons, but what about the job seeker?
How can reading help your job search? I’ve found five solid ways any job seeker can read their way into a new job.
Many a job hunter has thought to herself that the process of making oneself interesting to potential employers and sealing the deal with a sparkling in-person interview feels oddly like the process of dating. Now that both job-hunting and dating often start online, the similarities extend to creating a tantalizing profile to snare that perfect job. Nicole Williams, connection director at LinkedIn, shares four tips about how you can use your dating-profile skills to shine up your online professional profile. Hint: Your photo is important to both. More
Being invited on a business trip with your boss is a great opportunity: You get one-on-one time with a higher-up, the chance to learn from her, and to prove your mettle on the road. But that road can be full of pot-holes, too. Business travel includes all kinds of etiquette quandaries that never come up in the office. Should you eat every meal with your travel companion? What if she drinks too much? How do you avoid awkwardness if you’re sharing a hotel room? I asked several experts for their input on traveling with your boss. More
Perpetually arriving late to work is one of the surest ways to guarantee you won’t advance. It’s so unprofessional, it practically screams either “I’m totally unorganized” or “I don’t care about my job.” Even tardiness when it comes to meetings can hold you back at work: In a survey of hiring managers conducted by LinkedIn last year, 65% listed showing up late for meetings as a pet peeve. That’s why we liked SavvySugar’s recent list of reasons you’re late and how to avoid them. Here they are — along with a few of our own. More
Many job seekers often wonder if a second and third interview is really necessary. The answer? It depends. Interviewing candidates is a mini-marathon, not a sprint. While you want to reduce the time to hire, making the new hire decision right the first time is often just as important. The more exposure and opinions you gather, the better your decision-making ability.Think about the last time you made a large investment, such as when you bought your home.Chances are, you didn’t just buy the first one you drove past with a “For Sale” sign in the yard. You took your time, researched the listings, and perhaps worked with an agent. Then, you probably researched the schools in the area, determined if the location was a fit for your commute or other needs, and narrowed it down to a list that matched your requirements. More
We might not like them, but they’re everywhere. Whether they’re in our sports, our lives, or our work, obstacles exist to challenge and teach us new things.
Just like that sand trap taught you how to golf yourself out of a hole, the obstacles we run into as job seekers can teach you plenty as you get yourself out. More
Succeeding in today’s world can sometimes mean thinking out of the box. You’ve read plenty of articles that provide tips and information on how to successfully interview for a job. Typically, the author will tell you to dress appropriately, be on time, bring extra resumes, make good eye contact, and take notes. Granted, all of these are great tips that, if followed, will lead to a successful interview. However, there’s a new tool for your interview tool belt: identify and understand your personality type to ensure clear communication. More
Visit Google sometime and type in “interview tips.” In less than quarter of a second, you’ll have 187,000,000 articles, posts, and pages filled with advice on how to ace your next interview, tips for job search and career success, and other helpful hints. More
Most women understand the value of networking, but don’t do enough of it. It’s easy to push it off when you’ve got a lot on your plate, or when you’re exhausted, or really, for any reason. It’s not until you have a specific career-related need that you remember the value of tapping into your professional network, and often, that one-time ask isn’t effective.
The key is to incorporate informal networking into your regular schedule: coffee dates, phone calls, email conversations, etc. Why are these meetings important? They improve your networking skills and grow your professional contact group; and in a casual environment, stakes are lower, so it’s easier to absorb valuable knowledge. More
The F-word. No, not that one. The other bad word that starts with “F.” You may still be thinking of another one (you dirty minx) so I am just going to spell it out for you. Fired. It’s a tough word. Especially when you are interviewing for a new job. But actually, in most cases, you don’t need to use it all. And if it does get brought up, you certainly shouldn’t be the one to do it. Because unless you did something really bad like were accused of insubordination, were drunk at work or caught dealing drugs on company property, or beating up a coworker then you were most likely terminated and not fired. That is the first thing you need to be clear on, according to Bettina Seidman, Career Coach at Seidbet Associates. More