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    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?

    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?
    When things aren’t going our way it’s just human nature to begin laying blame. It is easy to see the culpability of others — our boss, the economy, the company that laid us off. It is far more difficult to take a deep look internally to see how we may be contributing to the situation at hand. Recently I spoke with ...
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    Quick Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

    Quick Social Media Tips for Nonprofits
    Let me introduce you to guest blogger Celeste Wroblewski, vice president of external relations at Donors Forum in Illinois. Celeste is a longtime friend and colleague, and one of the smartest minds in the field… As I review advice on social media for nonprofits, I often come across rules like these: •It’s about conversing and listening: It’s not about sharing your ...
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    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself

    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself
    Do you need more exposure for your business? Do you want ways to connect quickly with many people? Then social networking is for you! Many entrepreneurs, like myself, are on social network sites like NonProfitPeople.com. The opportunity to expose our business is there, but do we understand how to use it to grow? Web 2.0 has greatly changed the face of ...
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    Twitter Your Way to a New Job

    Twitter Your Way to a New Job
    Originally published on GradSpot.com You might be surprised, but I feel strongly that Twitter can lead you to the next chapter of your career. Here's why: You can use Twitter to connect with people who share your interests and career goals. Check out search.twitter.com to search for people who are "Tweeting" about things that you care about and then "follow" them ...
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    The Elevator Pitch

    The Elevator Pitch
    Do you struggle to introduce yourself to new colleagues, make the rounds at your organization or just sound smart when you extend your hand to a client? The elevator pitch is a much-maligned but oh-so-useful tool to have in your back pocket for just those occasions. I wrote a post for HBR on nailing your elevator pitch that outlined the Great ...
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    3 Ways Unpaid Internships Pay

    Like many college students, I didn’t understand how vital internships are until late in my academic career. I had that natural student mindset that, “everything would be okay” and, “I’ll land a job somehow after graduation.” If I hadn’t attended a professional development workshop supported by my fraternity’s alumni association, I would have learned the hard way I’m not entitled ...
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    Four Tips for Volunteering at Your Local School

    One thing almost every school has in common these days is figuring out how to provide a quality education despite budget cuts. The days of GOOD currently produces a website, videos, live events, and a print magazine. Launched in September 2006, the company has garnered praise for its unique editorial perspective and fresh visual aesthetic and is quickly positioning itself ...
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    Small Talk = Success: 10 Tips

    [photo:37] Stanford University School of Business conducted a study that monitored a group of MBAs 10 years after graduation. What did they learn? That their ability to converse had a huge impact on their success and grade point averages had no bearing whatsoever. These are not traditional public speaking skills, but the way you interact with people less formally. The ability ...
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    Networking for the Shy

    Networking for the Shy
    For many, the mention of the word "networking" conjures up unsettling images of hundreds of men and women exchanging business cards, making small talk and angling for a chance to ask that all-important question: "So, who do you know in my field?" Even the most extroverted people may not get excited about this process, but it's especially painful for shy individuals, ...
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    13 Networking Mistakes

    1. Waiting Networking is not an altruistic endeavor. You may want a job, but a contact wants something in return. If you start networking when you start looking for a new job, you're probably too late. Potential contacts will think, "Why should I help you? You're just looking for a job. What's in it for me?" Effective networking means creating contacts ...
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    Unique Networks for Women: How to Leverage What You've Got

    Unique Networks for Women: How to Leverage What You've Got
    Between two jobs, a 3-year-old son, a marriage, a house in mid-renovation and elder-care responsibilities, Susan Diachisin doesn't have the time to fill out a name tag, let alone attend events or make networking rounds at work. Lucky for her - and her career - she isn't afraid to network outside traditional arenas. Today, women are busier than ever. The silver ...
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    You Never Know Whom They Know

    You Never Know Whom They Know
    We don't walk around wearing signs displaying the names of everyone we know. It would probably shock you to learn about some of the influential people your best friend knows but hasn't told you about. You can't assume that your friend, acquaintance or referral partner doesn't have powerful contacts that can help you-or your business-in important ways. Never underestimate the depth ...
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    Why and How to Start a Women's Network at Your Company

    Why and How to Start a Women's Network at Your Company
    A recent report from sociologists at Harvard, University of Minnesota and University of California, Berkeley showed that diversity training and networking alone are failing to help companies recruit or retain women and other minority groups. What works? Coalitions that actively engage women in the company’s present and future. At your company, you can start a women’s initiative: An organization that asks ...
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    How Social Media is Muddying the Waters for Job Seekers

    How Social Media is Muddying the Waters for Job Seekers
    Invited to an interview, you step into the room and unload that heavy photo album you’ve been clinging to onto the conference table. In addition to a resume and brag book, you have pictures on your iPhone of your dogs and the neighbor’s cat stalking the birds enjoying your new bird feeder. The interview progresses by you opening and flipping through ...
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    3 Ways to Pitch Yourself in 30 Seconds

    3 Ways to Pitch Yourself in 30 Seconds
    People often think of the elevator pitch as something you use when you’re interviewing for a new job or trying to raise capital for a new venture. The elevator pitch, however, is no less important once you’ve got the job as it is when you’re looking. In fact, your personal 30-second spiel about who you are, how you’re different, and why ...
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    5 Ways to Stay in Touch

    5 Ways to Stay in Touch
    Reaching out, touching base, grabbing coffee, schmoozing, stalking, tweeting, friending, or even an old-fashioned “let’s do lunch”- the list of networking possibilities is exhausting even to just contemplate. But staying in touch isn’t always in person and it definitely doesn’t have to be hard. Keith Ferrazzi, networker extraordinaire and author of Who’s Got Your Back? posted his “pinging primer“ on his ...
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    How Long Will My Job Search Take?

    As I work with new clients who have not launched a job search in a long time, I hear this question over and over again - "how long do you think my job search will take?" I wish I had a crystal ball (smile) that would help give me the right answer to that question - the reality is that ...
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    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt
    Mention being out of work to a friend and they’ll be the first to emphasize that you do have a full-time job — looking for a job, that is. And they’re right. Looking for a new job can be just as time consuming as working nine to five. But there is one major difference and that’s making the transition from working ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job

    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job
    When you’re young and the world is seemingly your oyster, going to a job fair sounds like a no-brainer. A bunch of companies looking to hire? and All in the same place? As long as you bring enough copies of your resume and pass them out to everyone, you’re certain to get a callback. Right? Not necessarily. Without the right approach, ...