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Hiring & Recruitment

  Photo Credit Flazingo Photos This weekend I spoke about hiring and recruitment at the Beyond the Professoriate conference (#beyondprof on Twitter). I love giving presentations, but what I love even more is the opportunity to surprise people by making them think differently about their career strategies. If you’re trying to advance, change, or break…

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A Netiquette Lesson

Photo Credit Nan Palmero A few weeks ago, I got an email cry for help from an HR colleague. Like many of us, she was on the receiving end of yet another generic LinkedIn connection request. The problem? Well, the requester wasn’t exactly putting their best foot forward. When Janine got the invitation, she replied…

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Networking – How to Keep Your Contacts

Image Credit Thomas McMahon My post How to Work the Room Like a Pro got some attention (thanks for the shares) and I received lots of follow up questions. What most of my readers, clients, and LinkedIn contacts want to know is: once you’ve connected with someone, what exactly do you do with them after that…

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LinkedIn – Tag Your Network

Image Credit Sue Waters  When I was a kid, tag was a game you played at recess where you ran around at top speed, and tried to reach out and touch one of your friends, yelling “You’re It!” Tags have something of a different meaning today, with search engine optimization, blogs, metadata… all roughly translated…

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Interviews – Tell Me About Yourself

Image Credit Garret Coakley No four words seem to inspire such terror in interview candidates. It isn’t a difficult question, but I’ve watched clients in mock interviews reduce themselves to stuttering and rambling facades of the amazing professionals they are when faced with this icebreaker. From my perspective as a coach, both HR and candidates…


How to Get Introduced on LinkedIn

Today’s blog post is a request from B. After reading How to Work the Room Like a Pro, B wanted to know how to take her networking efforts to the next level using LinkedIn. She specifically wanted to know about the introduction feature. Introductions are a fantastic, and underused feature on LinkedIn. Many professionals will…

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What Are Your Career Values?

    Photo Credit Julie Walraven My recent guest blog post “Passions or Paycheck” on Integrative Academic Solutions sparked a lively discussion on LinkedIn. One of the commenters raised a fantastic point: passion is just one of a number of variables that you need to take into account when you are making career decisions. If…

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Create Your Job

Photo Credit: Wolfgangfoto Almost a year ago, Thomas Friedman published his article Need A Job? Invent It in the NY Times. At the time it was published, I followed the comments and was surprised at the deep revulsion to Friedman’s main ideas. Whether you love it or hate it, the truth is that lateral moves within…

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Choosing the Right Employer

Photo Credit: SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget If resumes and cover letters are meant to be about the employer’s needs, when is it your turn to make the job search about you? At the start of your search, you have the opportunity to identify your preferred employers and target your search strategies toward those organizations. But…