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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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    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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    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, ...
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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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    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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    What Kind of Networker Are You?

    Before you even begin to look at engaging seriously in networking efforts, it is useful to look at your own temperament or disposition. This is the individual’s internal desire to network and to find value and enjoyment from the whole process of building relationships. For some people this will be an almost irrelevant issue to debate. Their motivation to want ...
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    The Importance of “Staying in the Loop” at Work

    The Importance of “Staying in the Loop” at Work
    Information is power. Knowledge is power. At work, information and knowledge allow us to be at our best and contribute in a highly effective manner. We stay focused on the important, are fully aware of emerging issues and obstacles, and understand the “big picture.” Without timely information and knowledge, we end up working in a vacuum and we’re not hooked in ...
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    Twitter is the New Tool for Job Seekers

    Being in the job search is tough and as a job seeker you are not alone, especially with the more than 15 million who are out of work and in the job hunt. People don’t prepare for the job search although they should at least six months in advance. This provides you an opportunity to grow and build your network ...
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    Ace the Career Fair

    With so many potential employers in one spot, you definitely want to make a good impression, right? So when thinking about your approach to an upcoming career fair, it may help to start by putting yourself in the shoes of the campus recruiter. In other words… •You are meeting a lot of students in one day. (A lot of students!) ...
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    Ladies, It's Not Bragging. It's Self-Promoting

    Ladies, It's Not Bragging. It's Self-Promoting
    I have partnered with many successful professional women in developing their executive resumes and career marketing materials and have always noticed a consistent trend. When it comes to really promoting themselves, highlighting their achievements or simply tooting their horns, I hear " I am not comfortable bragging about myself" • Are you guilty of working really hard, plugging away in your ...
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    Top 3 Mistakes People Make on LinkedIn

    Everyone is on LinkedIn these days. Let’s face it. Almost every CEO from every fortune 500. Last count was over 60 million users. In contrast, job boards only have about 3.5% of available jobs. This is common knowledge in the career industry, but why do so many people spend so much time on job boards? Answer: Because it feels safer. ...
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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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    4 Steps to Taking Your Networking to the Next Level

    While being on the job search is a daunting task for most, and it is important to enjoy the process. After all, having a positive attitude can make a world of difference! Instead of spending all your time and energy on mainstream job boards, get off your bottom and meet new people! While I don’t recommend giving up on job ...
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    8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers

    Still looking for the four-leafed clover that will get you the job you’ve always wanted? If Lady Luck hasn’t been on your side lately, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Contrary to popular belief, good luck doesn’t solely have to do with fate and the mysterious unfolding of the universe — according to several psychology study results, luck ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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