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May 2016

Building relationships takes time, not technology

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Blog

We live in a world of online communication. What seemed like such a technological breakthrough is on the verge of creating a human breakdown. I love technology and embrace most of it, but when technology gets in the way of actually having a conversation, it’s time to say enough is enough. People have embraced technology…

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May 2016

Where should your next great leader come from?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Blog

Too many times, organizations get caught up with trying to recruit people from the same industry they’re in. You know what they need? They need a breath of fresh air. They need some new insights. They need to realize that a person from their industry just might not be the right person to growth their…

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Jul 2015

Do you work for a Networked Organization?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Blog

A few years back, I boarded the plane, took my aisle seat, and struck up a conversation with the person at the window seat, Jim. No one was sitting in the middle at the time. In the short time we were on board…

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Jun 2015

Networking at 30,000 Feet

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Blog

Networking doesn’t only happen at formal networking events. The opportunity to network is all around you; it’s up to you to be ready for it. One of my favorite places to network is on the airplane

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Feb 2015

What does your handshake say about you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Blog

When I’m speaking to groups, I often test handshakes looking for ones that are good. In a room of 100 people, I’m lucky if I find five people who have a professional, quality handshake. I usually find at least one person…

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Jan 2013

How important is it to create a culture of networking in your organization?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was at a lunch with a group of Human Resource Executives on Friday.  And I started telling them a little about my upcoming book.  The book initially started out as a very practical tips and tricks guide to networking – much like my book on job search, The New Job Search, which is a…

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Nov 2012

Now I know why people don’t want to talk on airplanes!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I often hear horror stories of people who have no desire to talk on airplanes.  And now I know why. I pride myself on meeting new people on planes and having interesting discussions.  But what I witnessed the other day must, just must, be the reason people are gun shy about striking up a conversation on…

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Oct 2012

Networking Pitfall: Your Email Signature Line

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Last week, I got an email from Jerri – someone we’re doing business with.  Her email had some bad news that I didn’t want to hear (read?), so I wanted to talk to her about it.  When I picked up the phone to call her, I realized her phone number wasn’t in the email.  I…

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Sep 2012

Want to waste a lot of time? Just use Email, IM and Text.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR the other day, and they were talking about an interesting study they did on how people communicate with each other in the workplace – looking for the most effective means of communication.  Turns out all this texting, IM’ing and emailing back and forth does nothing…

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Sep 2012

Are your networking efforts as effective as you think?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I was at an event recently.  I struck up a conversation with a man I’ll call Mike.  I asked him what he did and he told me he worked for a bank. A bank I’d never heard of.  Coming from Arizona – the land of the bank a minute – I’m used to being exposed…

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Aug 2012

Want to waste a lot of time? Just use email, IM and text.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR the other day, and they were talking about an interesting study they did on how people communicate with each other in the workplace – looking for the most effective means of communication.  Turns out all this texting, IM’ing and emailing back and forth does nothing…

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Jun 2012

Lying on your resume is never a good idea. Just ask the ex-CEO of Yahoo!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

People are amazing. Truly amazing. And sometimes they even suggest they’re more amazing than they really are. All this talk of the CEO of Yahoo with an “inadvertent” error on his resume. Give me a break. He included an extra degree that he never got. And it got there on accident? Really? And now that he’s so…

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May 2012

Are you aware of the impression you leave in a job interview or networking meeting?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I recently connected Karen, a job seeker, with Kevin, a friend of mine who runs a business. I thought they would probably have a lot to talk about given they were in the same industry. I was hopeful that they might find some commonality, and even more hopeful that Karen might be a fit for…

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Mar 2012

Why no hiring managers want to give you feedback when you’re in a job search.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Job Seekers say they want feedback, but I’m not sure they really do.  Most people don’t give you feedback for one very simple reason.  You take that as an opportunity to showcase your sleek objection handling techniques.  You try to tell them their feedback isn’t relevant or on target.  You try to sell them on…

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Feb 2012

Never underestimate another person’s network.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

People. They’re all around you. And guess what? They know other people. And it’s through these relationships that you may just find your next job, board member, customer or friend. Whenever I’m meeting someone for the first time, I think about the guy in the old Verizon commercials – the one with the network behind…

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Jan 2012

Mistakes by rookie networkers. They should all be Chopped!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Did you see Chopped the other night? In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a cooking show with four chefs, and the one who makes the worst dish for each round (appetizer, main course, dessert) gets “chopped.” I couldn’t believe what happened. One of the guys was making his main course, and right at…

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Dec 2011

Are you guilty of using LinkedIn’s list of overused buzzwords?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Did you see the article this week from LinkedIn where they talked about the most overused buzzwords in members’ profile summaries?  (http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2011/12/13/the-most-over-used-business-buzzwords-of-2011/) Their premise is that if you’re trying to sound unique and using the same words as everyone else, then, you’re not so unique.  They have a point. Do people need to revisit their…

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Dec 2011

Introducing yourself at an event… are you seizing the moment?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Last week, I was in a meeting full of very impressive businesswomen.  At one point during the meeting, every person stood up and took the time to introduce themselves.  I don’t know if people realize what an incredible opportunity this is.  The chance to own the floor, if only for a minute, during someone else’s…

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Oct 2011

How do you build relationships if people are scared to talk to you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I often say that it takes a lot of little impressions to make a big impression.  And it’s with this in mind that I think about the idea of approachability. It’s hard to build relationships when people feel like they can’t even talk to you. Have you ever said hello to people, only to have…

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Aug 2011

The opportunity to network is all around you. Are you paying attention?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Networking doesn’t just happen at formal networking events.  In fact, most of the really good networking is all around you.  You just have to be ready for it.  I went to Sydney and Bali recently.  I love travel, but I especially love international travel!  And because my husband and I have different airline allegiances, I…

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Jul 2011

Why does the hiring process take so long?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Tired of the interview process?  Is it taking longer than you thought it would?  Is Congress faster at making a decision than the company looking to hire you?  Welcome to the world. Yes, sometimes it takes a while.  A long while.  In fact, companies take much longer than you ever anticipated.  And while you submitted…

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May 2011

Why is society shunning the conversation?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

It’s just a matter of time.  It’s just a matter of time before we don’t need a voice anymore.  After all, who uses theirs anymore anyway?  We live in a world of online communication.  And what seemed like such a technological breakthrough is on the verge of creating a human breakdown. A friend of mine…

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Mar 2011

Why I don’t talk about The Price Is Right at networking events.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

You know what I want to talk about when I go to a networking event?  The Price Is Right.  I love The Price Is Right!!  Absolutely love it!!  Not only do I watch the show, but I have the game loaded on my iPhone.  Nothing makes a workout go faster than running on the treadmill…

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Mar 2011

When is a good time to start networking for a job you saw online?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

You just saw a posting for a position.  Great!   Are you ready to start networking your way into the job?  Whoops.  Too late.  You know when you should’ve started networking for the job?  Before they ever posted it.  That’s right.  If you really wanted to work for that company, you should’ve been in the game long…

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Feb 2011

What Andre Agassi’s Coach taught me about the job search.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I recently read OPEN, Andre Agassi’s book.  If you haven’t read it, you ought to.  It’s an incredible read (and I’m not just saying that because I went to high school with J.R. Moehringer, the guy who co-wrote it). At one point, Agassi’s coach is reminding him that it doesn’t matter if you take the…

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Jan 2011

Is 2011 the year you get to know everyone?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I was at a networking function this morning, and ran into Bill – an incredibly genuine and all around fantastic guy. He introduced me to Susan by saying “This is Molly – she knows everyone!”  With an introduction like that, I wasn’t surprised that Susan was interested in connecting with me to continue the conversation.…

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Dec 2010

Networking gone wrong! Completely wrong.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I should have followed my own advice.  But no.  Time was of the essence and I couldn’t afford to wait a moment longer.  What a mistake!  What a HUGE mistake.  It went something like this: I want to get a meeting with Marty, an SVP of a fairly large technology company who shall remain nameless,…

1
Nov 2010

What does your story say about you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was at a networking event last week.  It was mostly for entrepreneurs and those looking to fund entrepreneurs.  And as I met person after person, I was amazed at what each person’s story said about them. Three people I met happened to be in a job search.  And that was pretty much the second…

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Oct 2010

When it comes to networking, go big or go home!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was speaking about networking at a conference a couple weeks ago, and I asked the attendees if they enjoyed networking.  One man raised his hand and said “I can’t stand it.  It’s boring.  I don’t meet interesting people.  Frankly, I’d rather stay home.”   And I thought about it for a second, and then said…

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Aug 2010

Lessons Learned in the Job Search

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I was speaking with Mike, one of our Executives Network members, recently about his job search.  He said it was certainly the hardest thing he’d ever done.   And while he felt like he was close to landing, he had a few lessons he learned in the process. WHEN TO PREP FOR THE INTERVIEW Don’t prep…

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Aug 2010

How many contacts does it take to get a job at your target company?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Really?  How many people do you need to connect with to get the job of your dreams?  Just one, right?  All it takes is one.  It reminds me of that old commercial.  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  Just one, right? Well, for some of you,…

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Jul 2010

How good are you at dealing with difficult situations?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I was at a yoga retreat a few weeks ago.  It was incredible.  One entire weekend of practicing yoga, talking about yoga, and thinking about how it positively affects our lives.  During one of the sessions, Sumit, my teacher, talked about the concept of fight or flight.  Survival instincts.  And he explained how, we, as…

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May 2010

Keith Ferrazzi asks…Are the relationships you’ve built today the ones that will help you succeed in the future?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworkingPeople I Meet

Your network is your net worth.  That’s what Keith says.  Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back, joined us for a webinar on Building Relationships That Matter.  Listening to him was extremely enlightening.  I consider myself pretty good at networking, and somewhat of an above average relationship builder.  But,…

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May 2010

What’s the difference between and video resume and a train wreck?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Nothing!  That’s what!  Absolutely nothing! I saw a video resume the other day.  It was the best video resume I’ve ever seen.  But for the record, I’m not a huge fan of video resumes (to put it lightly).  For the most part, I think they’re a huge waste of time, energy and euphoria.  Euphoria on…

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Mar 2010

What’s the biggest issue of 2010?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

It was something like being on The View!  I was on a panel for the Women in Business event last week.  Ilana, Editor of the Business Journal, started the discussion by asking each of the four panelists her biggest issue or concern for 2010. The other women on the panel were rightfully concerned with issues…

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Dec 2009

Are you worth recruiting?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

If you know anything about me, you know that I’m really into football.  And I mean really into it!  One Saturday, last month, was a tough day.  Three big games on television at the same time.  Should I watch Ohio State and Penn State battle it in the Big 10?  Or maybe Stanford and Oregon…

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Nov 2009

Why your ‘need’ of a job is getting in the way of actually getting a job.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I was riding my bike this morning when I passed a handwritten sign.  It said “Car Painter Needs Work” and listed a phone number.  My initial thought was “So what?”  Then I thought, well if this guy really needs work, it probably doesn’t behoove him to plaster his sign on a 4-lane divided roadway where…

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Oct 2009

How do you get out and network when you have a physical injury?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Well, there’s no easy way to hide an injury – unless you do all of your networking over the phone. Diane, one of our Executives Network members, recently had a spinal cord injury from a horseback riding accident. Fortunately, she’ll be okay, but it’s been a setback in the job search.  She’s in a brace…

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Sep 2009

How your conversations are keeping you from being an effective networker.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Last week, I was talking to a friend of mine.  “How are you doing?” she asked.  “I’m really tired.  I was on six different planes and three different hotels in three days, but it was…”  Before I could get another word in, she took over the conversation and told me how tired she was.  She…

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Sep 2009

How to dramatically increase your networking opportunities by making one minor change.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I was riding my bike this morning.  I came up to an intersection to make a left turn.  I pulled into the middle of the intersection, just like someone in a car would.  As the traffic went rushing by on both sides, I started to feel a little exposed.  Okay, maybe more than a little…

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Jul 2009

Why being an expert won’t always get you the job.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I went to a conference last week.  At lunch, I was sitting at a half-filled table.  Two of the people happened to be presenting at breakout sessions during the 2pm time slot later that day.  Debbie, an attendee, was trying to figure out which session to attend during that time, and she started questioning the…

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Jul 2009

Input and feedback for your job search. Are you really open to it?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Sometimes I’m hard on people.  That doesn’t always make me popular.  But the thing of it is, I have really high expectations of people, and I fully expect them to deliver according to their capabilities – and beyond. A few years ago, I went to a personal coach.  I went in thinking our conversation would…

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Jul 2009

How can you get more referrals for your business?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

A couple months ago, I partially tore my right hamstring.  This was nothing compared to what I did to my left hamstring two years ago – where I completely tore the hamstring from the bone.  How did this happen?  Nothing fancy really, I was just helping my niece learn to ride a two-wheeler.  At first,…

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Jul 2009

How do you become indispensable to your current (or future) employer?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I was talking to Jeff, my PR guy, the other day.  I couldn’t understand why it was so difficult to get on the news in New York (pay no mind that it’s the number one TV market in the country).  Jeff is good at what he does.  In fact, he’s one of the best PR…

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Jun 2009

Are you getting lousy job search advice…and listening to it? Why???

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I was speaking with Nancy the other day.  She’s looking for a top Human Resources role.  I couldn’t believe what bad advice she got from someone trying to help her in her job search.  Pick the top five companies you want to work for (this is not the bad advice part), find out the key…

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Jun 2009

Your Job Search: Why it’s so difficult to see all that you can truly be.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Andy showed up at our Executives Network meeting today.  It seemed like his job search was headed toward life support and needed it little resuscitation.  He started talking about his background.  Time in the aluminum industry was followed by a few years in printing.  After I heard that, I thought, “Please let him say that…

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May 2009

Dear Family: Thanks, but no thanks, for your help in my job search.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

This is an open letter to all of the wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, siblings, parents, grandparents, in-laws, children and any other relative of someone who’s in the job search. I’ve got news for you! You’re not helping!! It’s hard enough to be looking for a job. I’m the one with the pressure of finding the…

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May 2009

The email you can’t wait to send. The one that says “I landed a GREAT job!!”

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I received an email today from Bob, one of our Executives Network Members.  He just landed a GREAT JOB!  Congratulations Bob!  You deserve it!!  How did he do it?  By changing his approach. For all of you who are getting a little down in your search, I thought his email might provide you with some inspiration (and perhaps…

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Apr 2009

How do you re-energize yourself when you’re hitting that job search wall?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

When I was a senior in college, I decided to run the Los Angeles Marathon.  I ran fairly regularly, did my weekend 20-mile training runs, and followed a workout and diet pretty religiously.  Race day was fast approaching.  I felt like I was ready.  I was wearing my favorite shorts, t-shirt and sweatshirt.  Walkman in…

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Apr 2009

How to be the number one pick on NFL Draft Day!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Today is a really exciting day for me.  Yep, that’s right.  It’s Draft Day for the National Football League.  And to me, that only means one thing.  Football season (my favorite time of the year) is just around the corner!  Few stages exist where landing a job is such a public act.  I can’t think…

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Apr 2009

How much of the conversation are you missing because you’re doing all of the talking?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

My dad was in the hospital recently.  He was having chest pains, so my mom called 911.  When the paramedics arrived, they started to ask him some questions.  But oh so quickly, Dad interrupted.  “Hey, do you know Willie?”  Willie is the Fire Chief.  Turns out they work for him.  “What about Mark?” Mark is…

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Apr 2009

With skills like yours, why would anybody want to hire you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I was having a conversation the other day with someone from IBM.  They just announced some layoffs, and it was going to affect a few thousand people…this time.  As we contemplated the people who would be left without a desk, we got to talking about how so many people leave a company, and are basically…

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Apr 2009

Are you really taking your job search seriously?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I went to London recently.  My first night there, I attended a going away party – complete with champagne, cake and parting gifts – for someone who was leaving the company where my friend works.  I can’t remember the last time I attended a going away party.  Do we have these anymore?  I thought companies…

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Mar 2009

How tough can a job search really be?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I had a conversation with someone who’s in the job search today.  Recruiters are giving her all kinds of bad advice – telling her that her past 15 years’ experience owning her own successful business is not useful to companies.  She’s trying to dumb down her skill set to match the job postings that are…

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Mar 2009

How many versions of your resume do you have?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Let’s see, there’s Jane Francis MBA.doc and JaneFrancis2008.doc, JFrancisResume1a.doc, jf2vers3 .doc, myresumenew.doc and probably a whole host of others.  How many should you have?  That’s a great question.  And the answer is pretty clear. But before I tell you the answer, let me remind you of what it’s like to hire someone.  You remember, right? …

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Mar 2009

The one thing that might be standing between you and your next job.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

John called me yesterday.  He was really excited.  Last week, in the Executives Network meeting, I referred him to Brad.  John wrote down the info, called Brad that afternoon and scheduled lunch for Tuesday.  Midway through the lunch, Brad called his HR department and told them to call off the candidate search they were doing…

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Mar 2009

Job search rules were made to be broken.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

The other day, I was talking to Mark about a potential opportunity. A company had posted a position and then pulled it a couple days later. I found out (serendipitously from some guy sitting next to me on the plane) that the position was still viable, but they had some procedural things to deal with…

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Mar 2009

Another overused job search phrase: “I’m willing to relocate”

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Maybe you’re one of them.  One of those people who say “I’m in the job search and I’m willing to relocate.”  And maybe you’re one of those same people who continue to network in the city you’re already in.  No offense, but your strategy sucks!  The job you’re looking for in Philadelphia is not here…

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Mar 2009

Networking Pitfall: Lack of preparedness

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Nothing’s worse than heading into a networking meeting without doing some sort of prep work. I once had a meeting with a guy named David.  I walked into his office and saw a rather sizable aquarium (that looked like it was directed by Tim Burton – and could’ve used a little cleaning, by the way). …

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Feb 2009

How do I transition into a new industry? Maybe it’s just pure luck.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

As I’ve traveled throughout the country, attending our Executives Network Job Search Meetings, I realized that the same conversations were taking place regardless of city.  What they talked about in Chicago – they talked about in Silicon Valley.  The thoughts on people’s minds in Dallas were the same thoughts in Phoenix.  And that’s when I…

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Feb 2009

Landing a job is just like Sales 101. So get to know your customer.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

When I was in training at IBM (back when companies used to actually train you!), one of my classes was on Sales Calls.  The instructor gave us the outline of what we’d be graded on.  We needed to go through the five phases of the selling process.  If I recall correctly, it was something like: …

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Feb 2009

13 mistakes that will ruin your chances of getting hired by me.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I was recently hiring an assistant.  Overwhelmed with the responses and appalled at some of the errors, I thought I’d share with you some insights based on the responses I received.  If anything, it might make you feel a little bit better about yourself! You called me Sir.  Last time I checked, I was not…

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Feb 2009

“I wouldn’t mind working there” and other phrases to never use in the job search.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I was interviewed by Channel 2 in Denver this morning.  One of the questions the reporter asked me was this:  If, when targeting a company or position, is it okay to say “I’d like to do this type of job, but if that’s not available, I’d be willing to do this.”? My answer…emphatically no! Phrases like…

10
Feb 2009

Do you know why you were put in this job search?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I just got back from drinks with some friends.  One person, Joe, was telling me that he needs to get his knee replaced.  Seeing that he didn’t quite look like a card-carrying member of AARP, I asked him why.  Running up mountains as fast as he can to get his heart rate close to 200. …

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Feb 2009

How can you tell when a company is just not that into you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I was in the Dallas airport the other day and ran into a guy that I dated last year.  Well, to say we dated is probably an extreme.  We went on two dates.  I thought they were pretty good.  The first was at least good enough to get him to ask me out again.  But…

3
Feb 2009

Networking Tip: Your Email Address

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

If you’re using your personal email address for the job search.   STOP!!   You’ll have to admit, there are some really strange email addresses, and every time you send your resume or any email online, your brand is coming across.   Does that brand accurately reflect your level of professionalism?   I recently saw an email address laxbill47@mail.com.  …

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Jan 2009

Networking Tip: Always bring something to take notes with.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I am constantly amazed at the number of people who show up at a networking event completely unprepared.  I was having a conversation with Joe.  An interesting person, he worked for a semiconductor company – in the automotive division.  The company was figuring out how automotive manufacturers could incorporate its technology in music systems, sound…

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Jan 2009

Does your target industry mean what you think it means?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

The other day, in one of our Executives Network meetings, Adam was describing his target industry.  He said he’d like to work in the Service industry.  That’s perfect if everyone knows what the “Service Industry” means.  When you say Service Industry to me, my mind immediately thinks of dry cleaners.  When I proudly announced that…

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Jan 2009

Are you getting the most out of every networking event?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I just got back from an Executives Network Happy Hour in San Francisco.  It was really great!  What made it so great was the interesting conversation.  Conversation that only benefited those in the room. And that got me thinking. How many conversations are you missing because you’re not in the room? Here’s the thing: Being…

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Jan 2009

Don’t confuse a networking event with a job search meeting. Act accordingly.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Too many times, people in the job search go to every function regardless of type and act like it’s a job search meeting.   It goes something like this:   “Hi, I’m Dave Smith.   I’m a CFO but I’m currently in the job search.   My last company laid me off after 15 years.   I’ve been looking for…

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Jan 2009

The Job Search Meeting…it could be the key to your next position.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Every good job search includes participation in meetings that are strictly for job seekers.   Why is this important?   People who are in the search typically know more about who’s hiring, who’s not, and they learn about opportunities that may not be a fit for them, but may be for you.   People who already have jobs…

9
Jan 2009

Changes to make in 2009 that will help you find a better job.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I’ve always hated when people make resolutions for the New Year.  I hate even more those lists from the previous year – forget the past, move on, focus on the future!!  I figure if you want to do something, why wait?  Why not start right away?  With that in mind, the New Year’s Resolution concept…

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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? …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Nov 2008

The thank you note…important or insignificant?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

In honor of the Thanksgiving weekend, I thought it appropriate to comment on the use of thank you notes – especially when it comes to the job search. How many times do you hear how important it is to send a thank you note after interviewing with a company? Should it be handwritten? Should it be…

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Nov 2008

Are you managing your job search to produce the greatest returns?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchPeople I Meet

I was visiting my friend, Mike, in New York recently. Mike is a trader on the commodities exchange. He’s been trading for more than twenty years, and success at trading comes naturally for him. Well, perhaps on the surface. It wasn’t always that way. We got to talking about his early days as a trader.…

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Nov 2008

My skills are transferable…right?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

How many times do I hear from people in the job search who say: “I don’t want to focus on any one industry because I believe my skills are transferable.” Guess what? No one else does. What if someone told you your skills weren’t transferable? What would you do then? Why do you think so…

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Nov 2008

Networking Pitfall: Offering to take them to lunch.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

What? Why is this a pitfall? Who doesn’t like lunch? Well, I like lunch, but I don’t know if I like you yet. And the thought of meeting you for the first time over what may be the longest lunch ever…I think I’ll take a pass. I will, however, be glad to meet you for…

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Nov 2008

How to get a meeting with anyone.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

So, you’ve done your homework.  You know with whom you’d like to meet.  You even have a referral to that person (and if you don’t, get one!).  Now what do you do? Well, here’s what you don’t do.  You don’t try and meet with them over email.  So often, I ask people if they’ve connected…

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Nov 2008

Thanks for the LinkedIn Invite…Who are you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I just received another one.  Another LinkedIn invitation from someone, and I don’t have a clue who he is.  This happens a lot.  I’m not certain what prompts these strangers to invite me to their network.  I’m not certain why people I’ve barely said boo to want me in their network.  I know I don’t want them in…

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Nov 2008

Networking Pitfall: Call Someone Mr. or Ms.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

After you’ve graduated from college, the only appropriate time to address someone with the title Mr., Mrs. or Ms. is when you’re meeting your parents’ friends or the head of country. And in the latter case, you’d use the title of president, prime minister, king/queen, raj, emperor/empress or whatever the rest of their country calls…

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Nov 2008

Why do we spend more time preparing for a water landing than a job search?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Every time I get on an airplane (which is quite frequently these days), the flight attendants go through the same emergency drill.  Not once have I had to open the emergency exit door, but I’ve had more instructions on what to do in the event of a water landing than most people have had in practicing their…

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Nov 2008

When was the last time you received a letter?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

If you’re like most people, it’s been quite a while.  I used to love checking my mailbox for letters.  Now I’m lucky if I check it every two weeks.  My postal carrier has become an expert in stuffing as much mail that can fit (or not).  Thanksgiving Turkey…watch out!! And if you’re in the job…

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Nov 2008

Just one word to say about cold calling.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Don’t!  Just don’t!  Be very un-Nike-like.  Don’t do it!  Here’s what people are thinking when the phone rings.  Mentally, they’re saying “Who is this and why are you wasting my time?”  It may carry a little different tone when they say hello.  Then again, it may not.  Think quick, because that’s what it’s going to take to give them…

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Nov 2008

Nobody cares about your resume.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

So quit sending it to everyone you know in hopes that they “know of a job that’s perfect for you.” The other day, my friend asked me to review her resume.  With a deep sigh, I said sure.  What I really wanted to say was that nobody cares about your resume.  Your resume is never…

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Nov 2008

Networking Pitfall: The Referral Inquisition

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Nothing’s worse than giving a referral, and then getting the equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition as to the strategy of how they should approach this person.  A while ago, I received a call from Steve.  Steve had a friend who wanted to speak with someone at Cushman & Wakefield.  He called me because he knew I…

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Nov 2008

Here’s my card. Uhhh, no thanks!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I was in a taxi the other day and the driver was sharing some incredible insight that he read in a networking book.  It said: Give your business card to every person you meet and tell them if there’s any way you can help them, have them give you a call. I find so much wrong…

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Nov 2008

How do I stay in touch without being a pest?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I spoke with Anne the other day.  Two weeks ago, she went through a round of interviews and thought it went really well.  She followed up with a thank you note and hasn’t heard from the company.  She knows they’re in a rush to hire someone and really wants it to be her.  She asked me what…

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Oct 2008

Thanks, but I already have a contact.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

When I sit in the Executives Network meetings, I listen to people offer up a contact, only to have the person on the receiving end say “Thanks, but I already have a contact at that company.”  That’s just great.  That 10,000+ person company, and you have one contact.  Congratulations!  Here’s a needle.  There’s a haystack.  Go…

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Oct 2008

A Referral vs. an Introduction. Which is better?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

About two weeks ago, my friend Alex told me he was very excited because he spoke with an ex-colleague and that person was going to make an introduction to a CEO friend of his.  I said that’s great.  Two weeks ago?  That may not seem like a long time when you’re working, but life in the job…

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Oct 2008

Networking Pitfall: Being Mysterious

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Nothing makes me more suspicious than the phone call that goes something like this: “Hello Molly, a friend of yours gave me your name and suggested we meet.”  My first thought is that they’re trying to pitch me on some multi-level marketing scheme.  And if that is in fact the case, I may need to…

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Oct 2008

You’re doing it wrong!!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I’ve watched people in the job search for more than six years.  And as the economy gets worse, so does your approach to finding and landing the next great opportunity.  Here’s what “You’re Doing it Wrong” looks like: You focus on your resume.  You rework it until you’ve driven yourself crazy.  Every person you ask…

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