Category Archives: Networking

Getting Your Resume in Front of a Hiring Manager

Suzanne Lucas, better known by her Twitter handle @RealEvilHRLady, aptly articulated a continual problem with job searching in the electronic age in a recent article, “Your Resume is Not the Problem.”

Sitting behind your computer and zapping your resume to dozens of black hole websites has a low likelihood of landing you an interview; you need to get your resume in front of a real person.

Where to start?

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Tweeting Your Way Through a Job Search

It’s harder to get noticed among the virtual resume pile these days.  If you’re looking for new tactics to get yourself in front of recruiters and hiring managers, consider the Twittersphere.

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Keeping Up to Keep Up

It’s a struggle to keep up with what’s going on in your industry. Even when you’re engrossed in it every day, it’s easy to miss the little stuff – who just hired a new head of research, which firm is thinking of expanding into the Midwest, the bank that just signed a deal for a new proprietary software system.

Still, when you’re in the mix, your network makes it a lot easier for you.  “Hey, did you hear Joe is taking an assignment in Asia?”  “You saw that XYZ is selling off its widget-hedging business to LMOP, right?”

Water cooler talk isn’t just gossip. It’s a way to keep current and hear about opportunities.

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It Takes a Village

I was speaking recently with a client whose son landed his first job – in financial services, no less.  Laughing, she observed: “It takes a village to get a job in finance these days.”  Indeed, it does.

Although her son was a recent MBA grad who’d had solid industry internships, there was no queue of people waiting to hire him.  Not a real surprise; it’s a rough market.

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Finding Job Search Equilibrium

“Getting laid off was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”  A VP once said this to me as she handed me a pink slip.

Yeah, right.  I’ve been laid off three times.  No matter how prepared you are, it’s a lousy feeling.

Let’s face it, it’s hard to look for a job.  All those judgments.  All that disappointment.  All the waiting.  The strange thing is that – like so many things – I got better at being unemployed by changing both my attitude and my tactics.

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Getting Social (Media) to Find a Job

A recent Wall Street Journal article referenced a December survey of recruiters by business consulting firm Corporate Executive Board, where “nearly 80% of respondents said they plan to increase their use of job-board alternative methods this year, such as employee referrals and other websites like Facebook Inc. or LinkedIn.”

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