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LinkedIn Networking #FAIL: Here’s What Not To Do

Yesterday, I was speaking at a business group on the concept of career management, and among the many topics I covered, we discussed networking. Particularly, the do’s and don’ts of how to do it right. Then, ironically, I received the following astounding email shortly after my speech concluded.  As an open networker, I don’t mind connecting to folks, but when any of us get messages from someone we’ve never met or interacted with (like the one below), we totally cringe: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good afternoon Dawn, Thank you for connecting with me via LinkedIn. I’ve been with (ABC Company) for 5+ years. During that… Read »




The REAL Reason So Many People Hate Networking

Aside from the nervousness that comes from having to talk to complete strangers, most people don’t realize the true reason why they loathe networking. It’s about not the early meeting times for many of these events. It’s also not about trying to be cheerful or overly perky. And it’s not the pressure of trying to meet valuable contacts. The real reason so many people hate networking is simple: They are afraid that they won’t have anything meaningful to say. You never know who you are going to meet at these events, or what you will talk about. Topics can range… Read »




Social Media Profiles

One of the harshest realities of job seeking today and managing one’s career is that embracing technology is becoming an absolute. Those that refuse to risk becoming part of the digital divide and are regarded by a growing number of companies as obsolete. Technology is driving a lot of workplace innovations, and by not embracing social media, sends a strong message to potential employers that there is a skill disconnect. In short: If you aren’t out there, they can’t find you. Or even worse, if you don’t show up in search results, companies could interpret this to mean that you… Read »




LinkedIn Is A Great Tool…. BUT Here Are 5 More Things You Need To Know

I just saw a great blog post on how LinkedIn can cause problems at work on Resume Bear, and it got me thinking that there are some things that job seekers should be aware of in addition to the excellent points mentioned in that article: 1. Sudden flurry of updates tell your network something’s a-foot. Every time you update one area of your profile, everyone in your network is updated. So imagine if you really start tinkering with your profile in earnest… that means there’s activity going on… and that you are cleaning up your act, possibly preparing for some… Read »




Do Something That Scares You… It Will Change Your Perspective

This past weekend, Brad, my husband, and I were out camping in the very remote northeast corner of Oregon. It was so remote, in fact, that we only saw 10 cars go past on the road the entire day, and even that seemed like a major traffic jam. We had gone hiking one of the days that we were there, and had just returned back to camp only to hear a low rumble growing on the horizon. It grew louder, menacing, like a monster gathering strength. Sure enough, it was clear that a thunderstorm was on its way, so we… Read »




How To Make Internships Translate to Potential Employers

Talk to any successful business person and ask them about how they got their career start, and you’ll more than likely get a wistful look in their eye as they recall an internship that made a significant impact on their lives. That’s all well and good, but what is the real trick to making sure your internship doesn’t turn into the “making coffee and running copies” dreaded drudgery? The truth is that what your internships turns into rests on you. But there is a real secret to making these internships truly meaningful. You can make out of it as much… Read »




Don’t Be A LinkedIn “Ignoridiot!”

I just got back from a presentation where I asked audience members to raise their hands to show if they were LinkedIn… and as usual, several people simply sat that question out… and avoided eye contact with me. As a follow up, I then queried the group as to who had made their profiles robust and updated them recently.  A large number of hands came down at that point.  After the program was over, several people came up to me and said that they had a profile up but it wasn’t something of which they were particularly proud, but they… Read »




From the “Just When You Think You Understand Social Media Department”…

I have a confession to make…I’ve acting like the back-end of a horse lately. There. I said it. Publicly. What prompted this admission? Well, other than I really was acting like the business end of a horse, I feel really bad. Horrible, in fact.  I thought I understood the rules of engagement social media fairly well, but it turns out that in one respect, I was the one behaving badly. So here’s the story: As an early adopter of many social media platforms, I have built a fairly robust network over the past years, especially on LinkedIn. But I was… Read »




Top Career Torpedoes You Need To Avoid

Traveling along on our respective career paths, everyone should be aware of what potential landmines exist along the way that could prove to be obstacles to building a stellar reputation. From working with literally 1,000+ clients over the past few years, here are some things I have observed that are the biggest problems that could torpedo your career right off the bat:  “Shoulder-Lookers”: There are the genuine networkers, and then there are the people we meet at events that are always looking above our shoulder to see if they can spot someone ‘better’ in the crowd to go talk to…. Read »




Guarding Your Reputation Requires 24/7 Attention

I got thrown for a loop today…   Real-life situations always are mind-boggling on the twists and turns they take because the truth is, as we always know, stranger than fiction. Such is the case today, which underscores a point I like to make about how we ALWAYS need to be vigilant about our own reputation management. So here’s the scenario on what happened to me: ______________________________________ One of my career industry colleagues received a curt voicemail from a company requesting a complete employment verification on me. (How very odd, especially as I have been in business almost 5 years… Read »





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