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Archive of posts filed under the Networking category.

You don’t know if you don’t ask: Part 2, The Strategy

Last week, I shared a client story about a young job seeker attempting to launch his career in the oil and gas industry using his geology degree. Happily he landed, shortly after we finished his resume project. (You can catch up HERE.) As promised, here is the strategy we used to connect with a high-level […]

You don’t know if you don’t ask: Part 1, The story

A few months ago I worked with a young, aspiring geologist. He traveled a non-traditional path toward graduation, taking almost 10 years to complete his degree. During that time, he changed majors, competed on the amateur surfing circuit, won surfing competitions, fished commercially, and contributed management leadership to his family’s thriving business. Two weeks after […]

Asking for job search help effectively

Following is a recent LinkedIn exchange I had with a complete stranger. Information has been changed to protect identities (well, except mine): The initial connection:  Dawn, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. – Albert I’ve gotten over people using the “generic” LI invite. Most people don’t know or think to […]

Jobseekers: How are you making connections?

I found this email in my inbox this morning*: Subject: Please contact me if you would like to be my Job Recruiter Greetings Recruiters, My name is John Doe and I am looking for a Sales Manager/Director position in “Some” County, Idaho. Please email me at johndoe4hire@geemail.com or call me at 555-555-5555 Thank you and […]

You don’t know me. You need to help me.

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to connect on LinkedIn. It read: “What advice do you have for me as a teacher who is transitioning into technology? Please connect with me on LinkedIn. Touch a life and make a world of difference. Thank you [name withheld]“ I did not recognize the name. I […]

Serendipity of simple conversations: A networking story

On July 29th, 2010, I glanced at my left hand and noticed, to my horror, the main stone, a marquis-cut sapphire, in my engagement ring was gone. The day was my 11th wedding anniversary. (Gotta love the irony.) My husband and I checked into replacing the stone, but opted to put the purchase on hold […]

Social media: So what’s the point?

Career Collective post: Once a month, a group of career professionals blog on a subject topical and timely for a job seeker. We’ll post our thoughts on our own blog and link to the post of our colleagues on the same topic. This month’s topic: Social media – how to use it in a job […]

The garden and the network

I worked in the yard this past weekend. Truth be told, a well-manicured lawn and perfect landscaping hasn’t been a priority for many years. Combine five dogs and two growing businesses (up until 2009) with country living and no homeowners association to tell me weed whack and it got a little shaggy around the edges. […]

Everything old is new again

Career Collective post: Once a month, a group of career professionals blog on a subject topical and timely for a job seeker. We’ll post our thoughts on our own blog and link to the post of our colleagues on the same topic. This month’s topic: Things job seekers should keep an eye on in 2011 […]

Networking: It ain’t easy

This past Saturday night I attended my 35-year high school reunion – Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. The organizers picked a wonderful venue, food was plentiful and we had a decent turnout. Considering, more than 25 years passed since I last attended a reunion this was going to be a true test of (an […]