Positioning Yourself

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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…

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Perfect Your Interview Follow-up to Build Relationships and Influence Hiring Managers

Job-seekers employ a range of tactics that they believe will get them jobs. They work with search firms, build their social media connections, network and contact companies directly. These strategies often lead to interviews, but they don’t necessarily move the needle when it is time for a company to decide whether you’re the right person…

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How to Prepare Your Social Media Profiles for Job Search Success

As a job seeker, you’re probably already putting countless hours into refining your resume and cover letters, reaching out to your professional network and applying for open and hidden positions. But in today’s digital age, there’s another important component that can dramatically affect your success: your social media profiles. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ —…

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Managing Your Boss Part II: Real Strategies for Common Scenarios

In our first post on managing up, we discussed the reasons why successfully managing your boss is essential for your overall professional success. For this second installment of our four-part series, let’s look at some common scenarios where boss-managing skills—or the lack thereof—play a critical role. When You Have Very Different Work Styles You love…

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Maintaining Your Forward Momentum

By Ruth K. Robbins “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein Surely everyone’s definition of moving forward is different, depending on their skills, opportunities, experience, and level of ambition. A sense of balance, too, is relative to personal definition and need. Yet Einstein’s sagacity seems to…

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