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7 ways to make networking a pleasant experience

They say timing is everything. Nothing illustrated this more than when I entered a hall full of networkers today, and a woman I had never met approached me before I even put my dollar in the contribution jar. It was as if she came out of nowhere like a dive-bombing sparrow from the sky.

Honestly, I…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 17, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Dear recruiters and hiring managers, the truth is better than...nothing

A customer came to me exasperated because he hadn't heard from the recruiter who was trying to place him at company for an engineering position. My customer told me the process had been going really well. He and the company were in the final stages, the hiring manager told him it looked promising, it was just a matter of…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on September 20, 2012 at 8:09am — 16 Comments

LinkedIn is about as sexy as a minivan, but it's the best damn online networking site out there

Welcome to the most professional club on the Internet, LinkedIn. Of the major social media sites, LinkedIn does the best job of creating an atmosphere of professional online interaction and...preventing its members from making idiots of themselves.

Why will LinkedIn NOT allow you to cross the line from professionalism…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on September 3, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

Can your job be done by a monkey? Four ways to approach your boss for change

I'm not talking about stacking blocks or putting round objects in round holes or pealing bananas and feeding them to their young or anything monkeys can do. I'm talking about  complex duties that have become so routine you're starting to feel like a...monkey.

Has your job become so mundane that you no longer…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on June 7, 2012 at 9:06pm — No Comments

When interviewers don't shut up

Have you experienced a situation like this at an early-stage interview--you're excited to be there, a bit nervous expecting the difficult questions to be fired at you, but the interviewer is doing 100% the talking?

Then toward the end of the interview, you ask if he wants to ask you any questions, to which…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on May 25, 2012 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Write a résumé recruiters and employers will want to read; not one they dread

Here’s a fact: Very few people like reading résumés, especially those who read hundreds of them a week. Ask any recruiter. I critique and write résumés as part of my job. I’ve read hundreds of them and have conducted numerous critique sessions, but I've got nothing over recruiters.

The only bright spot in this…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on May 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Jobseekers, don't let the search get the best of you

A recent entry, The Angry Young Job Seeker written by Amy Ala, speaks of the ignorance and downright audacity of a talented gentleman this recruiter was trying to place. Demanding, belligerent,…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on May 9, 2012 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Sometimes the truth hurts

People who proclaim that most interview advice is simplistic irritate me. These are people who view advice on eye contact, handshakes, how to answer difficult questions, and avoiding smoking before an interview, as obvious and unworthy of  mention. Their "expert" advice is often sarcastic, blunt, and…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on April 21, 2012 at 10:16pm — 3 Comments

If you're gonna put in a half-ass effort on LinkedIn, you're wasting everyone's time

In my LinkedIn workshops I ask how many attendees are on LinkedIn. Some reluctantly raise their hand, clarifying they're on LinkedIn but haven't touched it in years. I tell them we'll do something about that, because otherwise it's a waste of time.

Alison Doyle of About.com wrote an honest article entitled “…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on April 18, 2012 at 6:01am — 7 Comments

A bad attitude can hurt your chances in the job search

No one will argue that being unemployed isn't a traumatic experience, especially me. I was on the receiving end approximately nine years ago and I meet jobseekers daily. Being unemployed isn't what I'd wish on anyone.

This said, if jobseekers aren't mindful of the attitude they project, it can hurt their chances of…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on April 13, 2012 at 9:14pm — 4 Comments

How to answer one of the most important interview questions

Forbes.com came out with an article on 10 of the toughest interview questions. Topping its list was, Why should I hire you?” This is understandably one of the most unnerving questions to be thrown at you; but…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on April 10, 2012 at 7:09am — 6 Comments

Agile work environment, brainstorming; do they work?

On a visit to my brother's school (he's a principal), I noticed a whiteboard in his office with various notes on the school's vision written on it. "Brainstorming session?" I asked. He nodded.

I thought to myself that I wouldn't want to have been in that room when a group of people were throwing ideas against the…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on April 7, 2012 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

Shut Up…talking too much can hurt you in the job search and at work

If that got your attention, good. I don’t know any other way to say it; I hate it when people talk too much. This is a personal issue of mine, a lack of tolerance, perhaps; but mind-numbing talking can affect one’s job search and performance/acceptance at work. 

Networking events: When you’re at…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on April 4, 2012 at 12:20pm — 4 Comments

7 ways to make networking a pleasant experience

They say timing is everything. Nothing illustrated this more than when I entered a hall full of networkers today, and a woman I had never met approached me before I even put my dollar in the contribution jar. It was as if she came out of nowhere like a dive-bombing sparrow from the sky.

Honestly, I can’t…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 31, 2012 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Four reasons employers will hire you

Okay, now Forbes magazine in its article, Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions,  has confirmed what employers are looking for in…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 29, 2012 at 7:59am — No Comments

What the Hunger Games taught me about the job search

The other night I saw The Hunger Games with my daughter and one of her friends. When we got into a discussion about the various scenes in the movie, we all agreed that Rue’s death was the saddest…oh, I hope I’m not giving away too much of the movie.

There’s another scene I would classify as more bloody and…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 27, 2012 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking

According to a report from ABC News, 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking. This percentage of networkers represents smart jobseekers who understand that looking for and finding work takes...work.

They understand that personal networking coupled with online networking will yield better…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 26, 2012 at 8:30pm — 26 Comments

9 tips for successful networking

It’s no surprise that when you read articles like Nine Tips for Networking for Business Success they apply nicely to the job search—as in nine tips for networking for job search success. This is because the job search is like running a business…namely yours. That’s right, you have a marketing campaign which heavily relies on your ability to network your way to…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 24, 2012 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

The great thing about introverts

There are many self-help books for introverts—Self-Promotion for Introverts, Ancowitz; Networking for People who Hate Networking, Zack; The Introverted Leader, Kahnweiler; to name a few. This appears a bit odd to me, because I never thought that introverts need that much help.

I’ve often wondered…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The system is not perfect

Some of my customers, who are jobseekers, for the most part think recruiters—internal and third-party alike—are unfair and the reason for their failure to get a job. They think recruiters are only concerned with two things: 1) determining if my customers meet 10 out of 10 requirements and 2) want them to work for peanuts. I know this is not necessarily true, I know that recruiters have a job to do, which is to find what the employer wants. This is how recruiters get paid.

I’ve read…

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Added by Bob McIntosh on March 19, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

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