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You CAN find a job during the Holidays

The experts will tell you to keep looking for work during the holidays. On the other hand, your friends will caution: “No one’s hiring.” I’d like to suggest another approach–to continue with the 7 most important activities that will keep your momentum going. When the New Year rolls around, you’ll be better prepared to compete […]

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Do this 7 times a week

I always recommend that my clients have “7 sessions a week on LinkedIn.” That brings up two questions: “What is a LinkedIn Session?” And “How long should it be?” I consider a “session” to be a logon to check anything, even if for only one minute. But, most LinkedIn users can get in and get […]

Never saw it coming…really?

I remember an Austin employer who was concerned about the optics of a 300-person layoff. This was back in the day when our go-go economy gave everyone a sense of ease. The company announced layoffs 6 months out, 3 months out, 1 month out and 1 week out. They set up a Career Center with […]

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Give, Give, Give, Get

That’s a rule for networking. And, I heard this formula at a recent networking event! It means that you give in a networking situation, and give and give – before you ask anything in return. Think of it this way: if you come on too strong with the attitude of “Gimme, gimme, gimme,” the other […]

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Dig your well before you’re thirsty

John Mackay, an envelope company owner from Minnesota, made himself famous by writing Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty, a book about networking BEFORE you are out of a job, desperate for someone to help you. Hey, what a concept. Today, I’m offering career coaching BEFORE you are out of work, desperate for someone to […]

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I’d like to pick your brain

Really? Does that even sound nice? Your mother might tell you that’s something nice people don’t say at the dinner table. It’s also something you shouldn’t say when asking for a networking meeting. Four other things you shouldn’t do: Don’t assume you know anything about the person. Don’t focus the conversation on you and your […]