Category Archives: Job searching tips

Career Success – When Is the Best Time to Network

Many of us only remember to start networking when we hate our current job or when we are between jobs.  Unfortunately that is the worst time to start networking.  You can come across Negative –  If you are hating your job.  It’s inevitably you will complain about it while networking. No one likes to be around…

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How to Network Effectively – A Simple Framework to Take Action

When I wrote about How to Network without Using Small Talk , I received a lot of email responses and interest.  I am not surprised to hear that most found networking uncomfortable.  I am glad to hear these networking articles are making it a little less intimidating.   I wanted to continue on this journey with you…

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How to Prepare for a Graduate School Interview – 4 Tips

Learning tips early on how to prepare for a graduate school interview will give you an advantage.  Applying to graduate school is a stressful and busy process. From choosing the programs you’re interested in to polishing your resume, securing references, and writing essays, there’s just a great deal to keep track of. But in the whole…

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Negotiating Job Offer – What 70% of People Fail to Do

In part 1 of our talk with Executive Author, Jane Lin, we discussed the Best Secret to Finding Your Dream Job.  Assuming you have a job offer, now what?  Should you negotiate? We will have on average seven jobs in our life time.  Knowing how to negotiate job offers and initial salary at each new job can means…

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Changing Careers – How to Interview Effectively

 Changing careers is not easy for some. However, once you master effective interviewing when changing careers, the path to success becomes a lot clearer. I had a chance to interview one of our Executive Authors, Helena Light, who is a master at changing careers. In eight years at one bank, she had four different careers:…

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Should I Negotiate Salary: How I Almost Made a $6,000 Mistake

“Should I negotiate my salary?” This is a question we will ask ourselves every time we get a job offer, especially for a job we want.    I recently had to go through this decision-making process, and I want to share my thoughts and what I learned with you.     I think many of us…

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Soft Skills – How Nadia Handled Her Sudden Layoff

Being laid off is inevitable.  Almost everyone will experience it once in their career.  It is how you handle the layoff that will determine your career progression afterwards.  This is why it is so important to listen to this candid conversation I had with one of our Executive Authors, Nadia Drew. In this 15 minute…

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Example of Networking Emails that Worked

Since I have written a few networking emails in the last few months, I wanted to share these examples with you to help you with your networking efforts.   Below are two examples, each with a different networking purpose. Example 1: Existing contact – asking for help (scoop on a company X) Context: This person…

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Secret to Networking Well – Follow 1 Simple Rule

Business networking is essential to your job success as well as during any of your job search. For job seekers, we all know that the best job openings are those that we can find through our network before it hits the open market.  So the stronger your network the more likely you will come across…

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How to Network without Using Small Talk – 5 Tips

Most people agree that networking is critical to business and career success.  You can find unadvertised job openings and business partners through your network.  Knowing networking is important is one thing, knowing how to do it is another.   This may be in part due to stereotypes about networking.  A recent conversation I had with a…

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Finding a Job After College – 4 Tips

Question: I’m a 23-year-old somewhat recent graduate (2009) from U.C. Berkeley, majored in Cognitive Science. I have spent the last two years working in various jobs, but I wouldn’t say I have started a career yet. The longest I have had a job was for eight months, immediately after I graduated. This position was a…

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Complete Your Linkedin Profile Today – 17 tips

Completing your Linkedin profile is probably more important today than even updating your resume.   Even when you are not looking for a job, you should complete your Linkedin profile.   It is your online marketing tool to show off your skill sets and it can work for you 24/7 to attract attention in the…

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What are Case Interviews and How to Ace Them

Consulting companies like McKinsey and BCG invented the case interview method.  Now pretty much all consulting firms as well as many hiring managers outside of consulting use the case interview to help them identify the best candidate for a business job opening. So what is an case interview?  Simply, it’s when the interviewer gives you…

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Interview Rejection – 5 Tips on How to Deal

  Interview rejection is always going to be difficult to hear.  Regardless whether you are a recent graduate or you have been working for years, it’s never nice when you get that phone call/email/letter telling you that you were just not right for the role and thus letting you know the interview did not go…

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Top 4 Resume Posting Sites

The modern job search (for employee or employer) often begins and ends with posting resumes online. There are a number of options out there, of course, and each one has certain benefits and features that can help you target certain types of jobs or play to your networking strengths. For example, there are some sites…

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