The Joel Paul Group Blog
There have been volumes written about how “the first five minutes” of an interview are what really matter, describing how interviewers make initial assessments and spend the rest of the interview working to confirm those assessments.
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You have been out of work for a long time and believe that potential employers are holding that against you. Even though many people lost jobs during the recession for reasons unrelated to performance, you fear that your long-term unemployment is sometimes equated with desperation and a lack of competency. What can you do about this?
Mass emails will be seen for what they are: mass emails. One of the keys to networking is connecting on a one on one level and having a conversation. Once you take the communication from a conversation to a loud speaker broadcast, the strength of that message is lost.
By having Open Networkers in your contact list, you are diminishing the value of your network. No longer are there infinite possibilities for connections just one level away from you, they are just people that no one actually knows.
As an alumni, your Alma mater should be one of your most helpful resources when you are in a state of transition. It often isn’t. Here is why: Our expectations for our Alma mater and their expectations of us are often misaligned.
If you are tired of the rejection of applying to jobs online, choose some more productive ways to get in front of hiring managers in your industry.
A key to networking when looking for a job is to find someone that knows someone that works at an organization of interest. LinkedIn has made it very easy to do this. If you are able to connect with 100 people that you actually know who in turn know 100 people (100×100), that is 10,000 people, one level away from you.
If someone notices that you are updating your LinkedIn profile with a new job every few months, it will bring about concerns on that person’s behalf of your ability to maintain and keep a job. They might be hesitant to refer you to one of their trusted contacts. Wait a while to update your experience section on LinkedIn with your new job.
Why would someone agree to meet with you in their free time for a networking meeting, when you are the one who wants something? Let’s take a look at six reasons why someone would be open to meeting with you in order to make the process of asking for help less intimidating.
Searching for a job today is like a full time job plus overtime. Spending the time searching for leads, networking, changing your cover letter and resume for every job can be exhausting. In New York, when you work five hours (or thereabouts), you are entitled to a half hour break. Why not when you are looking for a job? If you take a ‘healthy’ break it can only reinvigorate your search.
Interviewing is all about perception. Do you appear poised and confident even when you are really nervous on the inside? What about when you are completely relaxed but something is making it appear that you are nervous.
A good way to find success in your career is to be seen as an expert in your field. By using the HARO list (help a reporter out), you can a name for yourself even if you have no contacts in the media industry.