Nine Networking Tips for New Graduates

It’s graduation time! In honor of the thousands of new graduates – on whom our future is built! – I’m offering this post about networking for those who are just entering the professional workforce.

I hope you stayed vaguely aware during your previous years of education that this time of new beginnings would eventually arrive. You can never start too soon building your network. Hopefully, you’ve been connecting with leaders in your field(s) of interest and creating a solid personal brand all along.

How to Look for a Job While You’re Still Employed

Hate your job? If you’re thinking about leaving and wondering:
  • What should I do first?
  • How can my network help?
  • When should I tell my boss?
You’ll find the answers to those questions and more in the following interview I did on CNN last week on “Stealth Job Hunting.”
P.S. I’m working on some follow up topics too, so let me know what questions you have on job search, career and networking. Thanks! 

Career Success Tip: How to Answer the “Weakness” Question During a Job Interview

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“Tell Me About Some of Your Areas of Weakness” ….

Oh….that dreaded question; the one we know they ALWAYS ask.  Why do we find this question so tough to answer?  Many people really trip on on answering this question.

A couple of ideas:

  • Focus on a weakness that might actually be viewed as a strength, e.g., I tend to work long hours, I tend to be a perfectionist, I tend to push my team really hard to accomplish their goals, etc.

Still Job Hunting Like It’s 1999?

The latest job figures released two Fridays ago showed that the U.S. unemployment rate inched up 10 basis points in September to 9.8 percent. Many companies continue to reduce headcount, and those that are hiring are being very cautious and taking their time to find the right candidate.

Yet, many job seekers are still approaching their job search like it’s 1999, when the unemployment rate was just half of that–4.9 percent. While I realize some of this blog’s readership was still in high school back then, those of us Gen X and older can remember the heady days of the last decade.

Maintaining Networking Momentum After You Land the Job

Networking is something many job seekers get into reluctantly. It can feel awkward if you haven’t done much of it before. What do you do, where do you start?

Losing your job, especially, can make you want to hold back from meeting new people and talking about yourself. What will you say when they ask what you do, and more importantly, how will you project confidence when so much of your identity had been wrapped up in a job you were forced to leave?

“Hope” is Not a Job Search Strategy

A few weeks ago, I was invited on CNN to share tips with job seekers about how to use social media to land their next job. My segment was part of a larger feature on the state of the job market. I suggest you watch it all the way through and then DO NOT copy the job search tactics of the two unemployed candidates they profiled.

One of them has applied for 650 jobs online and received only 10 interviews. Hmm, maybe time for a different approach?
In my 2 minutes of “fame,” I was able to squeeze in 4 tips on how networking and specifically, social networking, can help you find the right people to connect you to your next job.
Want to learn more strategies for maximizing social networking for your job search so you can stand out from the crowd? Then check out my newest program The Job Search Marketing Blueprint for step-by-step guidance on how to EFFECTIVELY market yourself to recruiters, hiring managers and your network, to help you land your next job in record time.


Your Job Search: The Hidden Goldmine Within the LinkedIn Companies Tab

I was interviewed by CNN last week to give some quick tips on using social networking for a job search beyond just updating your status to say you’re looking for a job.

In the segment I focused most on LinkedIn not only because there are now close to 45 million professionals who are members of that site, but because more and more recruiters and hiring managers are using it to find candidates directly rather than relying on job boards. With the unemployment rate at its highest level in 26 years, a posting on an online job board can inundate a recruiter with hundreds or thousands of resumes, a large percentage of which are likely to be unqualified for the job.

Take Charge of Your Job Search This Summer

While most job
seekers are finding fewer and fewer openings and thinking about taking off the
rest of the summer (and eating microwave burritos to help their severance
dollars stretch), the SMART ones haven’t bought into the myth that summer is a
bad time to look for a job and are making their own opportunities happen.

There’s no
better time than NOW
to begin positioning yourself for a job that fulfills both
your passion and your salary needs.

Today my friend Lynn Strigh
and I blew the lid off some job search myths and revealed some
simple truths about what it’s going to take to land the job of your dreams in
record time

Inside Secrets for Nailing That Job Interview: Liz Lynch Grills Corporate Recruiter Jeff Dunn (Live Teleseminar)

It’s hard enough to get an interview these days, so once you’re in the room you definitely want to make it count! I plucked an expert out of the field to get the INSIDE SCOOP on what recruiters are looking for when interviewing job candidates.

If you want to stand out in this ultra competitive job search environment, you won’t want to miss a single moment of the next Smart Networking Teleseminar series as I interview corporate recruiter and interview expert Jeff Dunn on the topic of…

 * * Get that Job Offer! Inside Interviewing Tips from a Corporate Recruiter *

Turn Multiple Job Interviews Into Multiple New Connections for Your Network

If finding a job seems to be taking a long time, it’s not your imagination. With the current economic conditions, companies are slower to hire and often require candidates to come back multiple times. Dawn Klingensmith writes about this trend and how to manage it in her article “How to Survive Multiple Interviews.”