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    The Excellence Equation: Passion and Commitment

    When someone seems stuck in their career and unsure of their next step, a question they’re often asked to answer is, “What are you passionate about?” That seems like a logical starting point. After all, when you’re working on your passion, whatever it is, the belief is that you’ll enjoy yourself more and be more …

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    Prep for the Future with Lessons from the Present

    Advice for the employed: learn well from the struggles of your unemployed friends…

    With the unemployment rate remaining at a record high for so many months, a lot of advice has been published to help the job seeker. But what about those who remain? They’re a group less likely to seek out career advice because …

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    Reader Feedback: How Important is Dressing Well?

    I had a hearty chuckle when I saw this tweet last week from @employmentguru (aka Jay Hofmeister of the Resume Bay):

    “What is proper business attire for job fairs? Dispatch had a picture of people at a job fair, I thought it was Woodstock”

    But this weekend, when flipping through the New York Post, an …

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    The Hidden Goldmine Within the LinkedIn Companies Tab

    I was interviewed by CNN this week to give some quick tips on using social networking for a job search beyond just updating your status to say you’re looking for a job.

    In the segment I focused most on LinkedIn not only because there are now close to 45 million professionals who are members of …

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    Posted in Career Development, Corporate Branding, Employer Branding, Job Search, Networking, Personal Branding, Reputation Management, Social Media

    The Power of Someone Who Believes in You

    Playing host to family visiting me in southwest Florida recently I took my guests on a tour of the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers. I had never realized before that that the two men knew each other, much less had homes right next door.

    But what fascinated me the …

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    Posted in Networking, People, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    Some Final Words on Maximizing Big Events

    After my recent series here on Networking at Conferences, I received a number of questions from folks who wanted just a bit more guidance on specific aspects of making the most of their conference experience. So I thought I’d wrap up the series by answering some of the most popular and interesting questions in hopes …

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    Adding “Connector” to Your Personal Brand

    Much of my joy from networking comes not from what new business I can generate (okay, that is fun), but from learning about what others do and how I can connect them to the ideas, people and resources that can help and inspire them.

    Generous and helpful

    Good networkers are generous with sharing information and …

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    Networking at Conferences – Part 3

    People have heard me say many times that I tend to avoid networking events. What? A networking expert not getting out face-to-face? Don’t I practice what I preach, especially since the subtitle of my book is “attract a following in person and online?”

    Of course I do! I think networking in person is a vital …

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    Networking at Conferences – Part 2

    Though numbers may be down this year due to the economy, according to Meetings & Conventions magazine, more than 27 million people attend conferences, trade shows, and conventions each year. And the main reason they go is to network.

    It’s no surprise then that in their brochures and on their websites, conference organizers take great …

    Posted in Career Development, Networking, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    Networking at Conferences – Part 1

    With the uncertainty in the economy, it’s more crucial than ever to get out there and network to

    uncover opportunities that are starting to bubble but have yet to break the surface. One of my favorite places to do this is at industry conferences and large seminars.

    Not only do you get a chance to …

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