“Good networking is all about building good relationships,” business coach Alisoun Mackenzie explains. “Selling at people just turns them away.”
If that news has you scrambling to revamp your networking strategy stat, slow down for a sec—because Mackenzie’s favorite hack, the 80/20 Rule, is here to help…
Over 300 million job seekers have flocked to LinkedIn to network with fellow professionals and connect with employers.
Yet many of them actually hurt their personal network, and greatly reduce their chances of being contacted by a recruiter, because they make one or more of these 10 rookie mistakes on LinkedIn…
Shortly after we published “These 12 Statements Take Your Resume from Generic to Great” the news featured three stories exhorting candidates to focus on their resume accomplishments rather than responsibilities. We’re thrilled for this trend, because as our friends at Jobscan said then: “What is one of the best pieces of resume writing advice you’ll ever get? Frame your experience in the form of accomplishment statements, rather than responsibilities. This best practice shows hiring managers the specific things you did and how well, rather than a list of things that anyone else would have done in the same roles.” When taking your
In December 2012, a technical writing major graduated from the University of Idaho.
As she walked to receive her diploma, she felt two overlapping emotions: relief and panic. Relief that tests and grades were a thing of the past; panic that she now had the overwhelming task of finding a job with a liberal arts degree. That technical writer was me.
Research consistently identifies networking as an important job search tool — anywhere from 40-80% of job placements are attributed to networking. Networking can also be a way to identify unadvertised job opportunities — the “hidden job market.”
And yet it seems like no one ever talks about how exactly to build your network, who should be contacted as you begin your professional life, and how to leverage your network as you look for your next job or internship…
What’s the first step you’ll take when you’re about to dive into a job search? Most job seekers would say, “Update my resume… and hit the job boards hard!”
Wrong! In fact, the biggest mistake those job seekers make from the get-go is skipping over the critical first step”