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…

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…

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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? …

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…

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…