Painless (no, really!) Negotiating by Mary Ellen Bates


Networking Rules for Job-seekers: the Good, the Bad and the Almost Perfect | LinkedIn

Networking Rules for Job-seekers: the Good, the Bad and the Almost Perfect

Lou Adler

Lou Adler

CEO, best-selling author, created Performance-based Hiring. Recent book: The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired

Networking is about meeting people you know who can vouch for your past performance and connect you with people you don’t know.

After writing The Best Job-hunting Secrets of All Time, and reading the comments, I can safely conclude that 20% of job-seekers find networking necessary, appropriate, and comfortable. Another 20% find it necessary, but uncomfortable. The rest are either not doing it, or doing it wrong. (Note: I’ll be hosting a job-seeker webcast on Oct 10th discussing this and related topics.)

As many of you know I wrote a book, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired, attempting to describe the hiring process from all perspectives: job-seekers (active and passive), recruiters (the good and bad), and hiring managers (the fully- and not-so-fully engaged). One theme of the book was to suggest that job-seekers need to take matters into their own hands when they find companies, recruiters or hiring managers using some flawed hiring process. The techniques in the book will not help you get a job you don’t deserve; they will only help you get one you do.


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How to Build a Great Professional Reputation – On Careers

How to Build a Great Professional Reputation

September 11, 2013 RSS Feed Print

Alison Green

Alison Green

Having a great professional reputation can be its own reward: It’s fulfilling to have people think highly of you. But beyond that, a great reputation can give you tangible payoffs, in the form of job offers, higher salaries, better project assignments and the security of knowing that you’ll have somewhere to go when you’re ready to move.

But what does it take to do that? Here are eight keys to assembling a reputation that will serve you well.

1. Show respect and kindness to everyone. It’s one thing to be warm and polite to the head of the company; after all, most people manage to do that. But pay attention to how you treat others, too, such as the receptionist, the office temps and the guy who sells you hot dogs in the lobby. Make a point of treating everyone with respect and warmth, and others will notice.

2. Keep your word. Do what you say you’re going to do, in whatever timeline you committed to – whether it’s completing a project, getting back to someone about a question, giving feedback on a project or connecting someone to your contacts. People will learn that they can count on you and that your commitments are iron-clad. Read more…


15 Apps to Make You an Awesome Intern

15 Apps to Make You an Awesome Intern

Apps for InternsWant to be the best intern, ever? There’s an app for that.

Technically, there are tons of apps to keep you organized, sharp, and constantly learning—everything you need to impress your new boss. And all most all of them are free!

So, grab your smartphone and start using it for exactly what it was meant to do– to help you become an awesome intern!

Get Organized

1. Evernote (Cost: Free)
Evernote is a great way to remember all those important ideas (and instructions!) you can’t afford to forget. Stay on top of your internship duties with notes, snapshots, and recorded voice reminders.

2. Workflowy (Free)
Love making a list and crossing things off? This streamlined app is for you. With hashtags, filters, and great search functionality, Workflowy helps you create the world’s coolest To-Do list.
3. Remember the Milk (Free)
Organize and prioritize your internship tasks with Remember the Milk—or, in your case, Remember the 1,000 Things You Need To Do Before Wednesday. You can set due dates, add notes, postpone or repeat tasks, and even print relevant checklists. Read more…

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Millennials: Here’s Why Employers Won’t Hire You And the Fix

Millennials: Here’s Why Employers Won’t Hire You (And the Fix)

MillennialsHey Millennials! Did you know employers are three times more likely to hire a mature worker than they are to hire you?

That’s right. According to a survey of recruiters, 60 percent of employers would rather hire mature workers, while only 20 percent would choose to hire Millennials. Why?

There are apparently several critical qualities employers said many Millennials lack. Let’s take a look at those, as well as what we Millennials can do to overcome those perceptions:

Mature Workers Associated with Increased Professionalism

Mature workers were considered reliable by 91 percent of employers and professional by 88 percent. For Millennial workers, only five percent of recruiters said they were professional and two percent said reliable.

To change this negative perception, you should deliberately focus on emphasizing your reliability. Talk about specific times in your career when others depended on you and you delivered. Additionally, it’s easy to show you’re professional by dressing the part and following up with the proper etiquette in emails and interviews. Read more…


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