Archive for December, 2010

Develop “Friendships” Instead of “Contacts”

December 28, 2010

I recently came across an article titled “Is This Why You Are Still Unemployed?“, which lists several insightful reasons as to why many people have trouble finding a job. The author talks about referrals, which leads to a point-of-view I encourage my career coaching clients to take on: developing “friendships” when networking instead of “contacts.” [...]

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3 Documents You NEED When Offered a Job

December 20, 2010

If you’ve been looking for employment for an extended amount of time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of accepting a desirable job offer with no questions asked. However, you cannot possibly make a good deal without obtaining three documents that will help you research the best deal for you. This is something I [...]

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“Why is everyone lucky except me?!”

December 16, 2010

The above sentiment is the subject of this article over at LateralAction.com, and for those of you who are looking for the next step in your career, it’s very likely you’ve said it yourself. So why? Why do other people hear about an opening before you or “by chance” meet someone you didn’t? As the [...]

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When Unemployed, Every Minute Counts

December 14, 2010

In this article/study on the probability of getting a job based on how long you’ve been out of work, the findings say it all: The point is this: you don’t have any time to waste. It doesn’t matter if the economy is perceived as good or bad – the longer you are out of work, [...]

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3 Tips To Keep Up Career Cheer This Holiday

December 9, 2010

A few blog posts ago I talked about seizing the opportunity to keep networking through the Holidays, specifically utilizing time with friends and family at Holiday get-togethers. But what are some other ways to keep up the career cheer? I came across a great article today that pinpointed three specific things (read the whole article [...]

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Keep The Glass Half Full!

December 7, 2010

When looking for a new job or a better career, it’s definitely a challenge to look at the glass half full – which is exactly what you should challenge yourself to do! If not careful, you’ll fall into victim mode. This is especially easy if things aren’t going as you hoped or planned. But the [...]

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Career Detour: Ineffective Networking

December 6, 2010

Now, I know I just told  you in my last post that Holiday get-togethers could lead to networking opportunities – but that’s if you know how to do it right! First off, networking amongst friends and contacts and asking them, “Do you know of an opening?” will often leave you empty handed. This doesn’t position [...]

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Turn Holiday Get-Togethers Into Career Opportunities

December 3, 2010

It’s very possible that the title of this blog post alone made you uncomfortable. You may be thinking, “Who wants to be bothered at a Holiday party by someone trying to network?” That’s understandable. But at the same time, you have to take advantage of good opportunities. And – when done correctly and naturally – [...]

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Thoughts On Starting Your Own Business

December 1, 2010

During a time when “finding” a job can be difficult, many with an entrepreneurial spirit decide to make one for themselves. It’s definitely a smart strategy for the right person. However, as I know from starting my own business, it’s not something to be rushed into. Which is why I appreciated this article recapping key [...]

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