• Why Business Cards Don’t Matter as Much as This

    By Friday, January 24, 2014 2 Permalink 0

    I've made a good number of  business cards over the years. Some I spent a ton of time on. You may have done the same. You sit there agonizing over the logo (if you have one), where your name goes, which phone number you put down (I be on my Google Voice flow), and how quickly they'll arrive. Because honestly, a lot of us don't think about business cards until there's some event coming up ...

  • Get Your Networking & Awareness Game Up: Try Newsle

    By Thursday, October 31, 2013 2 Permalink 0

    Yesterday I discovered a cool networking/keep in touch tool called Newsle. It's a site that allows you to connect your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, then keeps you abreast of anyone in your network that's mentioned in the news or whose name appears in an article. From what I can tell, it doesn't pull in blog posts people have written for their sites, which would be a false alarm. Why do you need this tool? Well, this ...

  • Introversion Is Not a Condition. Get Over It!

    By Thursday, October 3, 2013 5 Permalink 0

    I read a comment on yesterday's post about the power of referrals that pissed me off. If you read it, you'll notice I also gave a bit of networking advice, which this person responded to with: "This is probably another reason my job search isn’t going well. I’m an introvert and would be uncomfortable doing this." To the casual viewer, this seems harmless. Not worthy of anger. But as an introvert, I hate when I see this ...

  • The Power of Referrals is Real. Get Familiar. (Seriously)

    By Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2 Permalink 0

    The office equivalent of what happens every day. The importance of referrals can't be understated. I see evidence of it all the time. A colleague forwards along a resume, that person bypasses the resume review and goes straight to the hiring manager's desk. This usually results in an interview with me (the recruiter) and/or directly with the hiring manager. While this doesn't always lead to them getting the job, it does at least get them ...

  • I Need New People: Five Questions You Need to Ask Yourself About Your Network (Friday Five)

    By Friday, August 9, 2013 0 Permalink 0

    I've been thinking a lot about networking lately. Last Friday I covered five truths about networking. Today, I have five questions you should ask about your network and how you're managing it. I don't plan to make networking the Friday thing, it just happens to be top of mind as I think about my goals and getting my message out. I've been asking myself questions about my netwrk for months now and thought it'd be ...

  • Friday Five: Five Truths About Networking

    By Friday, August 2, 2013 6 Permalink 0

    Networking is all the hoopla when it comes to finding new opportunities. There are 1,000 articles per day (+1 if you include this) on how to network effectively and why it's important. I wanted to share five truths I've learned about networking. There are more, but I'll leave those to you in the comments. The best time to reach out to people is when you don't need them. Everybody knows that one person who when they get ...

  • A Few Simple Reminders: Why You Need to Network

    By Friday, June 21, 2013 0 Permalink 0

    I can't state the power of networking enough. Job searches are taking much longer these days, and the best way to even the odds is through getting out there or on there (LinkedIn) and meeting new people. Why you should network is a question you shouldn't even be asking. You never know what can come out of each connection you make...until you make them. You could go from a no-name candidate to a referral candidate ...

  • The Informal Reference Check: How It Can Be Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy

    By Thursday, May 16, 2013 4 Permalink 0

    Do references really add value? You'd be surprised how often this question is debated in HR and recruiting circles (It's not with the enthusiasm of a Lebron vs. Kobe discussion, but still). We know that whoever you provide is gonna have great things to say about you; otherwise, why would you give their name?! As a result, checking references has become a formality. It's rare that you'll get to the final stage of the interview process and ...

  • Why You Should Always Be Getting and Keeping in Touch

    By Tuesday, May 7, 2013 0 Permalink 0

    Yesterday I put the finishing touches on a job description (JD) for an HR Intern -- a position I'll lead the recruiting on. The timing couldn't be better given what I've been thinking and writing about lately. When I added the last pieces to the JD, my first thought wasn't "where can I post this job?" It was "who do I know for this job?" Then I wondered which Twitter followers, Facebook friends, or blog readers ...