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    Career Planning and the Holidays

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    Career Planning and the Holidays

    The holiday season is a great time to do some critical career planning for the following year. You will likely have some time off to reflect back on the year that is ending and make plans for the new one.

    Accomplishments

    Reflect back over the previous year and identify key …

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    Are You Seeking Respect and Failing in Interviews

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    Seeking Respect in Interviews

    Are you seeking respect and backing off your usual style when you first meet someone?

    I have several new clients whose natural style is to be direct in their communication. In contrast, they have a high need for respect in their dealings with other people, as defined by their Birkman Assessment.…

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    Are Networking Events Obsolete?

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    Are Networking Events Obsolete?

    You heard me right when I asked if networking events are obsolete.

    I think networking events are highly inefficient. I took several years off in my career to teach high school math, and then I spent a year in the non-profit sector. During that year, I attended a lot of networking …

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    The Challenges and Strategies of Changing Industries

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    Changing Industries

    Do you want to change industries but find that you’re running into a lot of roadblocks? If so, you are not alone.

    A couple of years ago, I had a client who was a PMP certified project manager. He had a lot of project management experience managing IT projects, but he wanted to …

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    Pursuing Jobs Where You Are Not A Good Fit

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    Pursuing jobs where you are not a good fit…

    My client was approached about a job where she was not necessarily a good fit. She asked me if she should pursue the position.

    My response was yes! They approached her. Talk is cheap. Plus, it was good practice on multiple levels.

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    This is a …

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    Perfect Fit for the Position? Expect to Lose!

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    I was a Perfect Fit for the Position!

    I have heard it over and over about how you are a perfect fit for the position.

    I hate to tell you that, if you are really a perfect fit for the position, you will almost always lose!

    WHAT???

    Let’s start at the beginning of the hiring …

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    Conferences and Your Career

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    Conferences and Your Career

    I recently had a client receive free passes to a coveted industry conference. She was not sure how to prepare to get most out of the day.

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    You should always have business cards. There are two different kinds; personal and business. Which do you take?

    Depends on who is …

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    Anatomy of a Winning LinkedIn Publisher Post

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    Winning LinkedIn Publisher Post

    LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Publisher earlier this year. Every LinkedIn user now has access to a publishing platform to establish their credibility.

    I have used LinkedIn Publisher as a vehicle to republish successful blog posts to a much larger audience. Starting in the middle of June, the first post was published with …

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    How Long Will My Job Search Take?

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    I am often asked, “How long will my job search take?”

    My answer is almost always, “It depends.”

    I work, primarily, with experienced professionals—which is code for those over 50 years of age.

    I tell them that a really short job search is three months. It takes almost three months for a company to decide …

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    Interviewing with an Uneducated Interviewer

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    The Uneducated Interviewer

    You have likely encountered the uneducated interviewer! It is my claim that most hiring managers have never been trained to interview candidates.

    I just finished reading Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. This book is the bible on how to interview for A players.

    They chronicle ten different interview styles of …

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