How a poor networking approach is sabotaging your efforts

A networking approach that's self-centered, focused on transactions over Google+ (2) relationships and indicative of a quantity-over-quality philosophy isn't going to succeed, writes Ivan Misner. By investing in your relationships and making sure you have something to offer to others, you'll be more likely to benefit from networking in the long run.

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Overcome your reluctance to talk about yourself

Whether you're interviewing for a position or networking, you have to be Google+ (2) comfortable talking about yourself, writes Katie Douthwaite Wolf. By driving the discussion to topics you're passionate about, practicing common interview anecdotes with friends and family and describing yourself from others' perspectives, you can get over your fear of sounding self-centered, she writes.

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Don't buy into these networking myths

Some common networking myths include that extroverted people are better at Google+ (2) making connections and that small talk is the best way to ingratiate yourself with a new contact, writes Josh Mait, the chief marketing officer at Relationship Science. "Eschew the pointless name collecting and focus instead on high-quality connections with long-term value," he writes.

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How to respond to the most common interview opener

The most common question used to begin a job interview is some variation of Tell me Google+ (2)about yourself." To make a good impression, answer by providing pertinent, career-related information and leaving out personal and social details. Discuss your education, work background and key accomplishments while keeping your answer brief.

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How to make the most of Facebook groups

Facebook groups can be a helpful career tool if used correctly, writes Sarah White. Google+ (2) After finding a group that applies to your career, introduce yourself and contribute regularly to make connections in your field. You can organize events or use the group to learn about networking opportunities.

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Supplement a great resume with an even better interview

By being prepared to build on the qualities your resume indicates with real-life stories Google+ (2) that show you putting those traits in action, you can enjoy better success at job interviews. Look for gaps or points of need that a company may have, and address ways you can assist with them during an interview.

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What EVERY Cover Letter Needs

Here's a copy of a message I received today from my colleague, Jimmy Sweeney, Google+ (2)that I thought would be important information for all you job seekers.

Cover Letter Tips: Put The "Secret 7" To Work For You!

"Hello Lee,

Many hiring managers face a pile of cover letters each and every day from job seekers. 

If you want yours to stand out from the crowd, make it short, succinct, and snappy! 

In other words, grab the reader's attention and hold it. 

The last thing you want to do is bog down the employer with a multi-page letter filled with ponderous prose.

Instead incorporate the following seven secrets--the ones every cover letter should include:

Secret #1: Write a one-page cover letter, period.

Secret #2: Leave lots of "white space" in your letter so it's easy to read.

Secret #3: Create three paragraphs maximum or the cover letter will overwhelm.

Secret #4: Number or "bullet" your lists when this technique fits. It catches interest.

Secret #5: Bold face the first sentence of each paragraph to highlight your point.

Secret #6: Write only three sentences per paragraph for quick scanning.

Secret #7: Print out your letter and read it yourself. Is it a good example of the secrets on the list above? If not, edit where needed.

Effort = Effectiveness!

The time you spend now will come back to you a hundredfold when the hiring manager selects the most promising job seekers to call for interviews. 

Your cover letter is the first step. 

Make it count by using the seven secrets above.

 Bonus Cover Letter Tip: Don't be afraid to ASK for the opportunity to be interviewed. Ask and you shall receive! :-)


Yours for OUTSTANDING job search success,

-Jimmy


P.S. The most-overlooked moneymaking secret in today's job market is the 'humble' cover letter. Perfectly focused cover letters are the fastest, easiest way to dramatically increase your job interviews and job offers, PERIOD."


Don't leave home without it: 6 interview must-haves

If you don't have a list of references and multiple copies of your resume, you aren't Google+ (2)prepared for your job interview, writes Laura McMullen. You should take the items in a folder that contains a pen and paper for note-taking. Intangible items that you can't forget on interview day include knowledge of the company, the questions you plan to ask and any evidence or achievements you have that back up your previous job performance.

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