Tag Archives: JobSearch

How to Search for a Job

Nick Corcodilos is one of my favorite sources for advice on job hunting. Leveraging his experience as a best-in-class headhunter, he lends his considerable talents to pulling back the curtain on the absurdity of corporate hiring — and the job-search industrial complex that has risen around it. He doesn’t pull punches as he pulls back the curtain on the absurdity of corporate hiring — and the job-search industrial complex that has risen around it. He’s almost always good for a smile or two as well. His weekly article is a never-miss for me.

This week he continues his insightful critique of LinkedIn with illuminating examples of how people commit career suicide in a futile attempt to find a job. Buried in the article is a succinct recap of his method for how to find a job the right way:

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Know your worth, and then ask for it.

Treat yourself to a 10 minute self-improvement splurge today and go watch Casey Brown’s insightful TED Talk on getting paid what you are worth. Casey’s tagline is worth having embossed on a poster:

No one will ever pay you what you’re worth. They’ll only ever pay you what they think you’re worth. And you control their thinking.

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6 Ways to Up Your Networking Game

I was recently featured as a guest blogger on the AICPA website.

I used to be afraid of networking. As an avowed introvert with a moderate case of shyness, too often I would pass up opportunities to meet and connect with people. Much later in life I would discover that networking was an acquired skill and was well within my reach. I let go of my fear of rejection when I realized that networking was not about me, but was about building relationships and finding ways to be helpful to others. I can do that. You can too.

Read the entire article at the AICPA Insights Blog 

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How to Bring Out the Stories That Are Hiding in Your Resume

Every resume tells a story. Actually, if you do it right, every resume tells four to seven stories, but I’m getting ahead of my self.

Getting hired is first and foremost, a sales job. Selling anything is hard, and selling yourself is the hardest. This is what makes polishing your resume such an art, and interviewing so difficult. Somewhere, somehow you have to convince a handful of people that you are the perfect person for the job. What do you say? How much detail do you include?

We know what doesn’t work: too many details and mind-numbing facts about what you’ve done. Oh sure, you must include some details and facts. Unfortunately, facts alone rarely convince anyone.

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What do you do?

Imagine a scenario where you are meeting for someone for the first time. If you live in America, there is a good chance that the conversational exchange will go something like this:

An opening volley of small talk …

A bit more small talk …

Something about the weather …

And then someone will inevitably say … (wait for it …)

“So, what do you do?”

How do you answer the question, “What do you do?”

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Mentors are everywhere, you just need to know what to look for

Success can be finicky. For those who have made it big, the real reasons for their success are rarely the things they remember and write about. The building blocks of success are always much more subtle and nuanced.

This is where mentors come in.

In our quest for growth, progress, and success, we have this latent desire for someone who will take us under their wing and co-pilot our journey from the mailroom to the corner office. Or, more realistically, we imagine a relationship with a mentor who meets with us once or twice a month over a long period of time and imparts wisdom like a college professor working through a syllabus.

It doesn't work that way.

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Have we been looking at ‘cultural fit’ all wrong?

“We’re looking for someone who’s a good fit for our team.” Hiring managers say this all the time. But what is fit? What does fit look like?

Most of the time — especially when we are looking to hire someone — we put a lot of emphasis on finding a candidate who will fit.

We’ve got a round hole and we go looking for a round peg. We have this sense that fit is about matching a fixed set of character traits in the candidate with the culture of our team. We ask a candidate questions and surreptitiously listen for clues in search of a match between the candidate’s personality and our culture.

What if we got this whole ‘fit’ thing backwards? In other words, what if — instead of looking for fit — you start by articulating what fit looks like and then you look for people willing and able to adapt — to ‘fit in?’

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How To Create A Stronger LinkedIn Profile

Recently I made the case for updating your LinkedIn profile on a regular basis. LinkedIn is so much more than a resume — an up-to-date profile leads to better meetings, better connections and better introductions.

But what should you actually do when updating and writing content for your profile? Every entry in your resume or LinkedIn profile should contain three key pieces of information: What you did in that role, what you learned, and what you were ready for. Most people stop at listing what they have done. You are stopping yourself short.

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Why You Should Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Up To Date

The year is winding down. Many of us will spend refreshing time away from work over the next few weeks. This is a great time to refresh your LinkedIn profile as well. A current and complete profile makes it easy for friends and network connections remember where you’ve been and what you’re working on.

Without a doubt, LinkedIn has become the database of record for our careers. It has become the one place on the internet in which we make our professional declaration of who we are and what we do. As such, it is extremely useful in building and maintaining a rich network of professional connections.

But, you ask, “If I update my LinkedIn profile, won’t my boss think I am looking for a job?” Au contraire. LinkedIn is much more that a place to attract job inquiries.Not only is LinkedIn important to you, your profile is also important to the people in your network. Read on for a few of the other uses I find for LinkedIn.

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So, you think you can dance? The choreography of networking.

Think back to the last time you were at a wedding — or any event with a dance floor. There was no shortage of well-meaning people encouraging the wallflowers, “Come on … get out on the dance floor … it’ll be fun … you’ll have a good time.”

In our Western culture we just assume that everyone can dance. But when you look at the people on the dance floor you will see a wide spectrum of skill. There will be some who are excellent dancers, with a total command of their body and the room.

At the other end of the spectrum, there will be a few who can’t dance at all and are just flailing in loose approximation to the rhythm of the music. And then there will be people who think that they are good dancers but, in all honesty, are not.

And so it is with networking.

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