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    Connecting on LinkedIn is Like Asking for a Date

    Have you considered that when you are connecting on LinkedIn you should follow the same rules that you used when you asked for a date?

    I have been married for over thirty years. I only vaguely remember those awkward feelings when asking for a date. I do remember that I did not want to be …

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    2 Sales Strategies for Managing Your Career

    Did you just say sales strategies in managing your career?

    Yes, you need sales strategies where your career is concerned.

    Let’s start with some basics. There are two types of sales persons.

    Hunter Farmer Hunter

    The hunter is the one who goes out and does the research who will buy your product (In this case …

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    Promiscuous LinkedIn Connections and Your Personal Brand

    Yes, you heard me right, promiscuous connections.

    What the heck is a promiscuous connection?

    I got the term from LinkedIn Director of Insights James Raybould. He was on a video talking to a recruiter who complained of getting endorsements from people he had never worked with and didn’t know at all.

    James Raybould’s response was …

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    Cultivating Your Tribe for Career Success

    In my previous post, Building Your Tribe for Career Success, I defined the concept of a tribe:

    “Your tribe is the group you can call on for an introduction or some advice over coffee. And they can call on you, too–whether for themselves, or for a friend who wants some intelligence about your areas of …

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    Build Your Tribe for Career Success

    It is great to say you have 500+ LinkedIn connections or thousands of Twitter followers, but are they in your tribe?

    In my book, Repurpose Your Career –  A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers, which I co-authored with Susan Lahey, your tribe is described as follows:

    Your tribe is the group of people who will …

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    Baby Boomer Personal Branding using Social Media

    Are you a baby boomer? Are you using social media to develop and promote your personal brand? Am I speaking gibberish?

    I wrote in a previous post that many baby boomers struggle with the concept of personal brand. In the old days it was your reputation. With the rise of the Internet many jobs can …

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    Paying it Forward to Establish Your Personal Brand

    Have you considered what paying it forward will do for your personal brand?

    According to Wikipedia: “Pay it forward is asking the beneficiary of a good deed to repay it to others instead of to the original benefactor”.

    In my career, I’ve had plenty of people take an interest in, and help, me. So for …

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    Asking for AIR – Advice, Insights, and Recommendations

    Frequently, when people use their contacts to try to change jobs or careers, they make one of several mistakes:

    They spend the whole time talking about themselves They spend the whole time asking questions the other person doesn’t feel comfortable answering They squander the opportunity and forget to meet their primary objectives.

    How you present …

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    Networking Strategically to Communicate Your Personal Brand

    What is networking strategically?  It is networking with a defined goal and a strategy to get to that goal. Let’s look at some examples:

    You are unemployed, and you are looking for a job – Your goal might be to get to know the recruiter who handles positions for a company or the hiring manager…
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    Personal Brand and the Baby Boom Generation

    Personal Brand? Many Baby Boomers struggle with this new term. I have to admit I did not understand it for a long time. In the olden days this was your reputation.

    When I graduated from an engineering school in the late 1970’s, I went to work for IBM as a computer programmer developing word processors. …

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