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    Networking Secret #4: Build It Before You Need It

    Networking Secret #4: Build It Before You Need It
    I can't tell you how many times a friend has called me and said: "Keith, I just became unemployed. I need to start networking. Will you teach me how?" My answer: "No. No. No. You need to start job hunting! You should have been building relationships for the past five or 10 years so now that you need a job, you ...
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    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes

    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. h4. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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    10 Networking Secrets to Propel Your Career and Job Search

    10 Networking Secrets to Propel Your Career and Job Search
    "For each and every thing you want to achieve in life -- whether it's landing a job, earning a raise or promotion or finding lifelong romance -- there will be at least one person on the other end deciding whether you will achieve it and probably more than one person contributing to your cause. Everything we do can only be accomplished ...
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    15 Dumbest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Make Your Job Search as Effective as Possible

    Make Your Job Search as Effective as Possible
    If you have recently joined the not-so-exclusive club of the unemployed, you may want to yell, scream, cry or all of the above. Not only have you been hit emotionally, but your wallet becomes your main concern. The impact is even greater if you are head of a household. But don't be embarrassed. Here are some ways to help you achieve ...
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    Networking Secret #3: Find Your Blue Flame to Heat Up Your Career

    Networking Secret #3: Find Your Blue Flame to Heat Up Your Career
    Every successful person I've met got where they are today by taking the same first step: Deciding what they want in life. I learned early on that the bigger my dreams, the more concrete my goals and the more targeted my efforts to build relationships, the greater success I could achieve. As a Yale undergrad, I decided that I wanted to ...
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    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando

    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando
    A conference is a huge opportunity to build relationships with extraordinary people -- people who might have a significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure you maximize the return on your (or your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a conference commando. Here ...
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    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    Networking Secret #1: You Can't Get There Alone

    Networking Secret #1: You Can't Get There Alone
    For each and every thing you want to achieve in life -- whether it's landing a job, earning a raise or promotion or finding lifelong romance -- there will be at least one person on the other end deciding whether you will achieve it and probably more than one person contributing to your cause. Everything we do can only be accomplished ...
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    Networking Secret #2: Make Business Relationships Personal

    Networking Secret #2: Make Business Relationships Personal
    The most common mistake people make when building relationships for success is treating business contacts differently than personal friends. Just think for a moment about the people you work with on a professional level who are also close, personal friends. Aren't they always more forgiving when you slip up and more helpful when you're in need? Of course! I guarantee your ...
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    Networking Secret #5: Don't Be a Networking Jerk

    Networking Secret #5: Don't Be a Networking Jerk
    When I give talks to students in college and grad school, they always ask me: What are the secrets to success? What are the unspoken rules for making it big? "So you want the inside scoop," I respond. "Fair enough. I'll sum up the key to success in one word: Generosity." They are shocked, because they thought I'd help them learn ...
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    Networking Secret #6: Become an Expert at Something

    Networking Secret #6: Become an Expert at Something
    To get my first postcollege job, at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), I talked my way into a management-training program by convincing the interviewer to take on a liberal arts major as an experiment. Every trainee who had ever been hired prior to that had some fancy degree in chemical engineering, material sciences or something technical like that. There was no way ...
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    Networking Secret #7: Never Eat Alone

    Networking Secret #7: Never Eat Alone
    Friendship grows from the quality of time two people spend together, not the quantity. There is a common misconception that to build a bond, two people need to meet often and for long stretches. This is not the case. Outside your family and work, you probably can count the people you see frequently in the course of a month on two ...
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    Networking Secret #8: Buddy Up for Success

    Networking Secret #8: Buddy Up for Success
    Just as people lose weight more effectively with a workout partner or earn higher grades if they study in groups, your efforts to build great relationships for your career and life will be much more successful if you team up. Get yourself a buddy or two - or more - and try these four ways you can enhance your success together. ...
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    Networking Secret #10: Go Ahead and Write Something

    Networking Secret #10: Go Ahead and Write Something
    This is one of those tricks of the networking trade that may not seem big, but boy, can it come in handy. If you have any writing skills -- and yes, the good news is we all have some level of skill -- you can get close to almost anyone by doing a piece on them or with them, even if ...
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    Network to Get a Government Job Guide

    Network to Get a Government Job Guide
    Networking to find a job is not only recommended - it is critical. It is well noted by experts that most people find their job through referrals and personal contacts. Vanderbilt University's Career Center cited that 80% of seniors find jobs and internships through their network, while 20% find them through recruiters or job search engines. Sometimes the government workplace seems ...
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    Tribulations on the Job Hunt: Shooting Arrows in the Dark

    Tribulations on the Job Hunt: Shooting Arrows in the Dark
    My experience with the job hunt has been challenging at times, to put it mildly. The seemingly endless routine of emailing a resume along with an appropriately customized cover letter has begun to feel like shooting arrows in the dark. Who knows where the resume is going or who will be reading the cover letter – or if it will be ...
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    Build Your Brand

    Build Your Brand
    Who makes your favorite shoes or outfits? What beverage calls your name when you need a pick-me-up? Whose movies won't you miss? Whose help do you seek when you want a project done right, at home or at work? All of these questions involve your reactions to a particular brand -- a collection of assumptions about quality, appeal and reliability that ...
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    Assess Your Employment Skills

    As a companion to the new Getting Hired as a First Timer guide, these interactive quizzes have been designed to help you gauge whether or not you have learned enough to start aggressively applying for government jobs. 1: Am I Ready to Apply for Government Jobs? Many job seekers do not receive any feedback on their resume before using it to ...
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    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction

    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction
    Federal agencies are catching on to the social media craze and leveraging that technology to attract job seekers, especially young recruits. For example, the Labor Department advertises open positions on Twitter and plans to upload its recruitment videos to YouTube. The State Department regularly updates its Facebook page and maintains the @DOSCareers Twitter account. But conventional wisdom, which holds that recent ...
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