Tips and Tools for Becoming a Networking Pro

You've probably heard that networking is the best way to find your next job. But how do you actually get started? Networking is equal parts art and science. Some people have to work harder at the different aspects of it. Someone who is especially skilled at relationship building, such as a sales professional, may not focus as well on getting only the best contacts while someone who prefers a behin...

Is Social Media the Future of Job Hunting?

It seems like you can't escape social media these days. Some people reject the idea because they believe that online communication is not authentic but there is certainly a time and a place for it. The rest of us are logging on to Facebook regularly to check on friends and family throughout the day. As it turns out, one of the biggest trends in social media is online job searching. We already know...

Top 5 Job Search Myths Busted

If only the job market were full of easy to follow rules that were fair for everyone. Unfortunately, not all job searches are equal and what works for one person may not work for someone else. This doesn't stop well-meaning friends and opinionated professionals from making broad statements about what works and what doesn't. Here are just a few of the most common job search myths that can change th...

Personal Motivation Tactics to Transform Your Workday (and Inspire Others)

Everyone works hard to stay motivated on the job. Companies often put policies in place to help engage their workers and help everyone stay happy and effective in their jobs. However, employees have a responsibility too. While environment, co-workers, and management all play a role in at work satisfaction, only individuals can be in control of their own actions and reactions. "It's not the situat...

5 Steps to Becoming a Networking Superstar

They say that it's not what you know but who you know. While it is exceptionally important to have the right skills and experience for your desired job it is also important to cultivate networking skills to meet people within your industry and set yourself apart from your competition. However, it is also essential to do networking the right way. Getting out and meeting everyone isn't always the m...

How to Avoid Shiny Objects (and Office Distractions)

Distractions are everywhere in the office. Everything from a conversation by the coffee machine to Facebook can keep you from your number one priority of doing your job. How do you avoid all of the common pitfalls in the office? Here are a few ways to steer clear of major distractions and keep your performance on track. Keep a calendar and to-do list. The first step to battling unproductive days...

Your Elevator Pitch: How to Create the Perfect Icebreaker

Have you heard of an elevator pitch? This short, 30 second story can break the ice with important industry contacts. When it comes to your career it is important to have all of the right tools in place for when you need them the most. There are a few things you need to know about crafting your elevator pitch and how to use it during an interview or in conversation. Here are some tips to keep in mi...

Employment Fast Track: How to Speed Up Your Job Search

When you've been on the job market for a long time it is easy to get frustrated. Every rejection begins to feel like the world is against you. But why are you searching for a job and what are you hoping to gain? What are the real reasons behind the lack of offers or the loss of momentum in your job search? Many people have an expectation that each new job will provide them with the fulfillment ...

Why You Didn’t Get the Job (and How to Ace the Next Interview)

There are so many possible reasons that you don't get a job offer. Even if your resume is perfectly crafted, there are things you can't control about the process. When you submit a resume for a job there are likely another hundred, or several hundred, who have done the same thing. If your resume is selected you are still up against some stiff competition. On average, a company interviews three to...

Quitting Your Job: How to NOT Burn Bridges

Not every reason for leaving a job is negative. You may have an opportunity to move to a new city or you stumble upon an opportunity that you can't pass up. However, there are also plenty of reasons for leaving a job that are negative. You may be dissatisfied with your current company or you don't feel challenged in your role. In either case it is extremely important to understand that the way you...

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