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New Year, New Dreams, New Opportunities

Did you know the period immediately following New Year’s Day is typically the busiest hiring time of the calendar year?

That’s because many companies are scrambling to fill jobs budgeted from the previous year, and because as new budgets take effect, companies are gearing up to hire.

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How to Network More Effectively

Many people mistakenly think that networking entails asking one person after another about job openings. These misguided people tend to think the more people they ask, the more likely they are to stumble onto something. But just talking to hundreds of people probably won’t give you much traction. The secret to effective networking involves crafting…

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How to Network During Your Job Search

We all know networking is an important part of conducting a job search. You can informally network by talking to family, friends and acquaintances who may know something about the area you’re targeting. Doing so provides a way to find out what skills are needed where, what jobs may be opening up, and where you might be…

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Networking in Your Job Search: What To Do When It’s Not Working

Job searching — you’ve been at it for months now, yet you haven’t received any leads. It’s time to rethink your networking strategy. From reaching out to those in your industry to showing up to networking events, it might seem like you’re doing everything right. Networking, however, isn’t just a matter of meeting new people and asking about recent…

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What Your Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and Two-Minute Pitch Have in Common

Your resume, LinkedIn profile and two-minute pitch are all important tools to use when you’re on the job search. Each element allows you to position yourself when it comes to job interviews and informational meetings. They emphasize your skills, abilities, accomplishments, and experiences developed over your career in various ways, illustrate your success, and relate…

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Search Firms and Ads: A Perspective on their Real Value to Your Job Search

Networking, direct and targeted email are your most powerful tools when searching for a job, but there’s also value in answering ads and working with search firms. Although their impact is far less than your focused networking efforts, both channels are worth spending at least a little bit of time on. When you’re budgeting your…

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How Do You Answer…“What do you do?”

By Mark Moyer “So…what do you do?”  Does that question sound familiar? Or…”What do you do for a living?”,” Who do you work for?”,”What industry are you in?”…  You probably don’t realize it, but people are asking you this every day in a variety of settings, and it is almost always the question people ask when they first…

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Harvesting Your Networking Contacts

By Ruth K. Robbins, GetFive Certified Coach In creating a circle of professional contacts, mentors and champions, the goal is to always focus on the long term. It won’t happen for every outreach you make (whether by LinkedIn, industry association event, formal informational meeting, or direct contact methods), but cultivating a strong ongoing inner circle…