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  • 3 Rules of Successful Networking for Introverts

    by Lou DeRosa


    Everyone can network – even introverts.3 rules of networking for introverts


    Let’s define networking. According to Miriam-Webster Dictionary, networking is “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically:  the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.”


    Networking is a two-way street. It’s a way of getting to know someone better and the ways they might be able to help or connect you—and helping them in return. Every person out there is a complete world of their own with knowledge of things we may have no idea even exist, so it’s good to network with them.


    But for introverts, the thought of striking up a conversation with a stranger at a party or conference may feel exhausting. Not to fear! Even if you’re an introvert, you can become a successful networker.


    Here are 3 ways to network well, even for introverts:


    1. Leverage social media. Social media is a great way to get to know important contacts better, without the pressure to find someone to engage at a conference or meeting “networking hour.” Seek out like-minded or key contacts you’d like to know better on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus and more and try commenting on a link they post or responding to a comment they make. Start having conversations with them – real conversations – and offer them value in return (i.e. share a blog post they write, or offer positive feedback on something they’ve done). Again, keep it real, genuine and positive. Then, when you have the opportunity to meet them in person—say, for coffee or at an industry meeting—it will be easier to continue the online conversation you’ve had offline.


    2. Introduce yourself to people in your proximity at industry meetings or conferences. Networking doesn’t ...

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  • 5 Reasons Why You're Still Unemployed in 2014

    by Tom Wharton

    The Department of Labor defines long-term unemployment as out of work 27 weeks or more. If you are one of5 Reasons Why You're Still Unemployed these long-term unemployed people, let's review the possible reasons:

    1. You don't have a plan.

    Envision your dream job and work toward it. Work out what you need to do to get there and start a strategic plan to make it happen. You can make it come true; you just have to believe in yourself and be willing to work long and hard.

    2. You're not working your plan.

    Conducting a job search is hard work. Your job is to find a job and this can easily involve over 30+ hours a week. Schedule your job-related activities daily and in relation to how you're most likely to find the right job. For example statistics show that 75% of jobs are obtained through networking, therefore you should be spending 75% of your time networking. Do your computer work, like applying for jobs and research companies at night when your contacts are sleeping and conduct informational interviews during the day.

    3. You're not capitalizing on networking opportunities.

    One of the main reasons you're still unemployed in 2014 is that you are not networking effectively. This highlights the importance of making contacts, reconnecting with fellow professionals, colleagues, friends and family. The easiest way to request a networking meeting is to send an email such as:


    Dear ___,


    I do hope this finds you doing well! I’m writing to you because I’m exploring new career options at this time, having recently left my position with XX. I’d be honored if I could sit down with you for a quick meeting, at your convenience, to get your advice and insights on what you see currently going on in the job ...

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  • 3 Best Ways to Find a Job Candidate

    By Jessica Rayburn


    One of the most common questions we come across in this industry is, “How do I find a GREAT candidate?”


    Sure, there are plenty of options when searching for a new employee. But how do you save time and make sure that you are conducting an efficient search? 3 best ways to find a job candidate


    Searching for a candidate is time consuming, expensive and often frustrating. We advise our clients to start with these three areas to conduct a fruitful job search:


    1. Networking – Candidates who attend events, whether they are educational or job search specific, are ACTIVELY seeking new positions and doing their best to put themselves out there and grow professionally. Both are good qualities in a potential employee, right?


    2. Social Media – Whether it be Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google + or any other social media outlet, a good candidate should be active on social media. Our two favorites are LinkedIn and Twitter. Candidates who are posting on these sites, showing their expertise in their field and providing others with quality content are showing initiative and commanding the attention of the social media world. Personal branding and marketing should be important components when considering the quality of a potential employee. Do you want an employee who actively promotes your business or one who represents your business in a negative light? 


    3. Referrals – This is HUGE, reach out to your greatest resource when searching for the next great employee…YOUR employees. Ask employees who you trust and have shown loyalty and dedication to your organization if they know of anyone they would recommend for the job. After all, they know what it takes to be successful within the organization and what it takes to get the job done. These employees will be unlikely to recommend ...

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  • GUEST POST: 5 Ways to Energize Your Job Search

    By Evan Roth

    What would it be worth to kick start your job search by increasing your job opportunities and decreasing the time spent on your search? What if you didn't need to pay anything to get these results? 5 ways to energize your job search

    We all have a resource that we can tap into:  our own personal energy. Unfortunately, the stress of job search or unemployment can reduce our energy levels.

    Our behaviors—all the efforts that we expend to find a job—are fueled by feelings which are fueled by thoughts (sometimes thought patterns that we are not even aware of). Our pattern of thinking determines our energy levels.

    For those who like a visual:

    Our thoughts >>>  drive  >>>  Our feelings  >>>  which drive  >>>  Our behaviors

    So, what are your recurring thoughts about your job search? An astounding 85% of our collective energy is "spent" in stress-filled (catabolic) thoughts where we are either victim to the situation or angry at others about it. These stressful thoughts deplete our energy for the search and cause us to not "show up" the way we want to with networking contacts or prospective employers.

    It does not need to be this way! With a willingness to embrace new ways of thinking, job seekers can stop the energy leaks they experience when lack of responses to job inquiries, rejections, or not being selected for the next level of interviews occur. By choosing only thoughts that serve us in our job search and discarding those that don’t, our positive and action-oriented (anabolic) energy can rise dramatically.  

    Here are five ways to begin the shift from catabolic (stress-filled and de-energizing) energy into anabolic (positive and action-oriented) energy:

    1. Pay attention to what you are thinking. Ask yourself if what you are telling yourself about your search is really true. Become ...

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