You need to ask this one question in all your networking meetings

Personal relationships are essential to your long-term career success. I’ve talked a lot in this blog about the types of connections in your life – hot, warm, and cold – and how to use them during the job search. In all your cold meetings, it’s important to ask one question above all others. Continue reading

What to do over the holidays if you’re looking for work

The holiday season is soon upon us. Some may have already started disappearing into out of office messages or the “offline” abyss. If you’re supposed to network to get a job, what are you to do during this time? Don’t worry – the holiday season is a great time to get set up for a productive January. Here’s why, and what you can do.

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Getting a job: Interview with Philippa French

Last week I sat down with my new, cool, colleague – Philippa French (ironically she’s English), to ask her about:

  • how her undergraduate degree/Master’s prepared her for the job search
  • how she got the job she has now
  • what she thinks about networking
  • and what advice she has for new grads

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Networking? Watch this video

In the beginning of his Tedx Talk, Christopher Barrat says, “Networking is probably the most important commercial skill for the future, and you can learn it.” There is no surprise that I fully agree with him. If you’re looking for some networking help and inspiration, I highly recommend watching his video called Successful Networking – the ultimate guideContinue reading

Five ways to prepare for the ‘cold meeting’

So you’ve set up a coffee meeting with a cold connection – now what?! Cue the panic! Have no fear, I have some tips on how to prepare. While networking during the job search, each meeting is about two main things: learning from the other person, and telling your story.

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The ‘Cold Call’: How to reach out to someone you don’t know

In one of my recent posts, I introduced the concept of a ‘cold connection’ (brrr). This is someone you do not know, a stranger to you. Some of my readers have asked for tips on how to reach out to these people for the first time. I call this the ‘cold call’. You can, successfully, reach out to these people and ask them for something you want. I believe in you!

However, there are some DOs and DON’Ts of e-mailing cold connections.

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Networking vs. applying online – which is better?

I recently surveyed 100 people in my network and extended network. I asked them one simple question: How did you get your last job?

These were the choices I gave:

  • from an online posting
  • from someone I know/introduction from someone I know
  • promoted from internship or co-op job
  • headhunter/recruiting agency
  • other

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What the heck is your network, anyway?

So, you wanna get a job? I bet that without a doubt, someone has suggested that you should “use your network”. Am I right? If you don’t know what your “network” is or even why it matters, keep reading.

Many see networking as an abstract and potentially wishy-washy activity. The idea that comes to mind when someone suggests networking is typically: signing up for an evening event in your local area, paying some kind of fee to go, going alone, putting a name tag on, and walking around shaking hands and handing out your business cards (or explaining to people why you don’t have a business card: “I’m an environmentalist!”).

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How to (start to) identify your skills

My career counselling process began by going back to the basics. My coach and I started by reviewing stories from my life, called my “Life Experiences List”. I was told to come up with 10-20 events throughout the course of my life that gave me great joy when I thought about them. These could be virtually anything from my earliest memories to things that happened within the same year. Some examples I was given were winning a baseball game at age 10, or helping a family member complete a task.

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