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Dec 2008

Why would someone I don’t even know help me in my job search?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Good question.  Let me ask you something.  If you had the opportunity to help someone, would you?  Of course you would.  Guess what?  So would just about everyone else.  Just because someone doesn’t know you doesn’t mean they won’t help you.  How many people have you opened a door for – without ever introducing yourself? …

18
Dec 2008

Being out of work during the holidays may be the greatest gift of all.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hanukkah.  Bah Humbug.  When you’re out of work, it’s sometimes difficult to get into the holiday spirit while you’re mind is focused on finding a job. Years ago, I remember attending a job search meeting where the facilitator told us “everything closes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  Trying to find a job…

10
Dec 2008

Networking Tip: How to get better conversations by asking smart questions.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Don’t ruin a networking opportunity by focusing so much on your job search, you forget the person you’re meeting with might actually know other people in the world.  The idea of networking (whether you’re in the search or not) is to open the door to their network.  Not close it! Here’s a great example of how…

7
Dec 2008

The Interview: How to secure a call back…and possibly the job!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

In the interview, is it appropriate to ask for the job right then and there?  Sometimes.  Think about it from a sales perspective.  A great salesperson will look for the right moment to ask for the order.  Sometimes this is in the first meeting.  Other times it’s after a few meetings.  Gauging when the right…

4
Dec 2008

Networking Pitfall: Making assumptions why someone hasn’t responded

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Let’s say you contacted someone on Monday.  It’s now Wednesday and you’re trying to figure out why that person is avoiding you!  Here’s a thought:  It has nothing to do with you.  That person is busy! One of the worst things you can do is make assumptions for why someone hasn’t responded to your influx of calls…

2
Dec 2008

What makes you different…I mean really different?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

If I sit in one more executive job search/networking meeting and listen to some CIO tell me what makes him different is that “I work with people, process and technology” I think I’ll scream.  Here’s what I’ll scream:  Who doesn’t?  In this day and age, who doesn’t work with people, process and technology?  That doesn’t make…