Tag Archives: networking

Human Resources Networking: How to do it right

Recently, a friend emailed and asked if I knew anything about “courting” human resources folks during the initial job hiring process. Great topic and, of course, a splendid blog post idea. Too many times, external candidates look at human resources as the ENEMY who is tasked to weed the pile down. The truth, actually, is that human resources can be a great advocate, if you play your cards right. It’s all in your methodology in approaching the human resources person. Here are some tips that will help you with networking and cultivating the human resource contacts at target companies to… Read »

Successful People: Their Top 2 Career Secrets

There are a lot of formulas out there that point towards how to plan and execute a successful career. But if you talk to people who have been able to achieve career advancement and increase their earnings, there are two career secrets that successful people know that help them get ahead. Remember these tips, and think about how you can implement them to advance your own goals: Metrics. Whether you get an annual performance review or not, everyone (yes, EVERYONE) should create their own job performance benchmarks. Only you know, at the micro-level, all of the various ways you have… Read »

One Hit Wonder: Where Networking Ends and Failure Begins

One Hit Wonder:  Are you one of these networking failures?  Try this scenario: Whoa! You just hit the jackpot. The conference you just attended yielded a lot of great new leads. The first thing you do when you get back to the office?  Jump onto LinkedIn and start sending connection requests to them, of course. Unfortunately, that’s where most people’s interactions die a lonely death, and you become a one-hit wonder. Networking means more than just exchanging contact information. It’s about sharing ideas. Asking for advice. Posing questions for community problem solving.  Building common experiences. But if you simply just… Read »

What You Read Shapes Your Career

Like many people, I am ashamed to admit that I have become a “skimmer,” which is a far cry from the voracious reader that I used to be in earlier years. In fact, as a kid, it was more common than not that I would be in the middle of a 500-page book. (Color me nerdy.) But today, skimming is a real problem. We are only touching the surface of an idea. We truly aren’t getting into the deeper and finer points of the content. Just get to the point, you say. What’s the baseline so I can understand what… Read »

When Job Costs Outweigh the Pay

Jobs costs can sink you. Seems like I have heard from several people lately seeking advice about what to do when a work situation has become intolerable. The boss is a tyrant, or an evil co-worker is constantly waiting behind a cubicle to back stab you, or even, the work load is so overwhelming that it haunts you day… and night. This is the point where you need to step back for the proverbial reality check. How much is all this stress, anxiety, worry, covering your bee-hind, etc. etc. actually costing you? Is a bad job worth the cost of… Read »

Networking With Someone You Don’t Like

Networking with someone you don’t like: We’ve all experienced it at one time or other.  True story: A connection recently introduced me  to another person who happened to be in town on business.  Shortly after the intro, the contact pinged me directly, and said she was interested in getting together. I was all for it. But something almost stopped me cold from accepting the invitation. You see, the person works at a company that I completely despise. The initial knee-jerk reaction I had was something akin to reacting to the devil himself.  If someone could have seen my face once… Read »

LinkedIn Profile Headline: Make it or Break it

If I see another user’s LinkedIn profile headline that says “Unemployed,” I am gonna scream!!! Listen up, people. “Unemployed” is not a job. It is not a goal. It is not positive. It basically is shouting out to the world that you are in a bad place. Your headline should reflect your goal. Your target. It should summarize your background. Point you towards the future. Declare your career target. It shouldn’t look back at real or perceived slights or failures, or your current situation. The first point of contact you have with online networks is how you are found in… Read »

Don’t Ask For A Recommendation If You Haven’t Earned It

Today, I got another one. That “one” being a request on LinkedIn to provide a recommendation to someone I am connected to… but have never worked with in a way that allowed me to witness, first-hand, their abilities. Sigh. Why do people put their personal brand in jeopardy with such a thoughtless click? When someone asks for a recommendation from another person who truly doesn’t have any knowledge of their abilities, a terrible thing happens. They look pathetic.  Desperate. A relative pulled the same trick on me about a year ago.  He’s been struggling in a job search and is… Read »

The TOP Cardinal Networking Mistake to Avoid

We’ve all seen this kind of networking mistake before. It’s that email or LinkedIn message that begins with “I apologize in advance for such a mass email…” Or, “Pardon this general message.” STOP. IT. If you are guilty of sending one of these types of messages, you’ve just committed the BIGGEST cardinal networking sin. Instead of writing with the audience in mind, you are writing with only yourself in mind. Why? Because when your audience reads this message, they end up getting turned off by what in reality is thinly-disguised spam. And spam is what happens when you don’t take… Read »

Don’t Be This LinkedIn User: Case Study of What NOT To Do

LinkedIn is an amazing networking resource, and you get to connect with an amazing array of individuals. The positive benefits far outweigh the negatives. But what one person did recently was so awful that it bore writing a blog post about it. As an open networker, I have no problem connecting to people. That’s what networking is all about… keeping your door open. So that means I say “yes” to a lot of requests to connect from people that I don’t know.  Sure, why not? It’s fun to get to know folks, and you never know where that connection might take… Read »