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Ways to Get Online Recommendations

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on August 29, 2011

Want a way to boost your online credibility?  How can you make your Linkedin profile more impressive without adding content?  Ask for recommendations! If you want to, but don't know how to request them, you're in luck... John Sumser  gives us 10 tips for how to ask for and get great recommendations you'll be proud to show on your profile.

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Why You should Apply Early to Jobs

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on June 30, 2011

In theory, every candidate who applies for a job has the same likelihood of landing it based on qualifications.  In reality, however, that is sadly not the case.  Research from StartWire shows that "more than one-fourth of jobs were filled with candidates who applied within the first two days of a posting", with one half of jobs filled by candidates who applied within one week of the live posting.  So what's the moral of the story?  Apply early!  Most of these hiring managers want to hire right away, so getting your application in early greatly increases your chances of being chosen.

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Networking for Success

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on April 26, 2011

Patra Frame, founder of Strategies for Human Resources, reminds us that executives often do not make the time to maintain or grow their networks, despite considerable evidence that shows the people who are effective, consistent networkers are more successful. She guarantees that scheduling some time each week to manage your network will pay big dividends for your own and your business’s success.

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Keep Those Connections Strong

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on December 3, 2009

Networking is the key to landing your next job. So the last thing you should do is jeopardize your relationships within your network. Lindsay Olson puts it simply: “Don’t Burn Bridges.” You’re going to need those contacts in the future when you’re looking for a job. Referrals are a HUGE percent of hiring, so make sure you have a positive image in the minds of anyone and everyone who can refer you to your next job.

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How to Land that Networking Gig

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on November 12, 2009

The post I wrote yesterday says that now is the perfect time to network (it really is!). Easier said than done, right? Well Harry Urschel is here to save the day! His useful post on what to say when inviting someone to network will be perfect advice for every jobseeker. He has too many great points to summarize here, but I’ll do my best.

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Is Your Social Networking Worthless?

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 23, 2009

Do you have a ton of Facebook friends?  Do you have legions of Twitter followers?  If so, here is my question.  How many of them would go out of their way for you?  Where are your real relationships?  Are you a "pay it forward" networker, or is all your social media activity just digital narcissism?

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How to Make a Lasting Impression

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on October 7, 2009

Whether you’re selling a product or introducing yourself to people during your job search, you want them to remember you. Geoffrey James wrote a list of 8 rules for making good impressions. They work for networking and interviewing! Here are three of them:

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How Today's Networking Determines Tomorrow's Job Search

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on September 15, 2009

Having trouble in your current job search? Maybe it’s because you didn’t try hard enough years ago when you were employed. Barry at CareerBlog wrote an intriguing post with the conclusion that your job search is “predetermined”. Basically, the amount of time you spent working on your network over the past decade is what will determine how much time you spend on the job market today. So start building your network now; you might need the contacts in a few years…

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Job Seeking in the Age of Social Media

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 6, 2009

I talk to job seekers almost every day and find that most people are still using a badly dated strategy to find jobs. And for some reason, HR professionals (who should know better) are no better off than any other profession. (Hint: just surfing the job boards won't cut it). Face to face networking and connecting with people you know is always a good strategy, but not enough to guarantee success this time around. Ignore social media at your peril if you are a job seeker, and the tools and rules of the game are still being invented.

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How to Connect with a Recruiter At a Company You Like

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on September 3, 2009

Linkedin is an incredible useful tool for anyone that is job hunting, but sometimes it can seem impersonal. If you want to contact an individual recruiter or hiring manager instead of sending generic emails into cyberspace, listen to what Chad Levitt has to say. Levitt suggests you use the Advanced Link at the top of the Linkedin homepage to search for a particular company you’re interested in.

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