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The 3 Golden Rules of Advanced Networking

Not too long ago, we wrote about beginner networking skills. Just to refresh your memory (and, personally, mine needs refreshing about every five minutes), networking is all about building relationships and is a two-way street. With that in mind, how do we build our networking…

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Can Fear of Public Speaking Hurt Your Career?

Only if it stops you from trying! Around 75% of us fear public speaking and it is regularly ranked among the top five fears, usually right before death. Being able to deliver a good presentation is crucial to career development, especially if you want to…

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Body Language for Networking

In the past, we’ve written about appropriate body language for job interviews. Now let’s talk a little about body language for networking. First a reminder: over half of what we communicate comes from our body language, so it pays to think about this. Some of these…

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How do I prep for behavioral-based Interviewing?

Behavioral-based interviewing is centered on the principle that past behavior is the very best predictor of future behavior. Makes sense, right? How we behave in the past is the most effective way to see how we will behave in the future. For hiring managers, this…

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Body Language – how it can affect your job interview

It’s been said that over fifty percent of communication is non-verbal. Think about that. Over half of what we’re telling someone is being said consciously or unconsciously by our body. So how can you use that little factoid to increase your chances of a successful…

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Job search advice for new graduates

We’re hearing from a number of December graduates, and we welcome you to the working world! As many colleges and universities have limited capacity for preparing their graduates for job search, we’re always happy to give advice for how to conduct an effective search. Here’s…

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What to do after a negative performance review

It would be nice to think that your annual performance review won’t contain any surprises. In an ideal world, we’re asking for and receiving feedback on a regular basis, so you always know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. In the real…

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Electronic Etiquette

These days almost all communication is electronic. Electronic communication is much faster, that’s one of the great benefits, but in our hurry to communicate everything at the speed of light, it’s easy to get sloppy. Let’s talk email. Email is wonderful. It’s quick and efficient,…

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How to successfully merge staffs after an acquisition

Some say yes, some say no. It seems from everything we see that it’s currently successful about half the time. Why? Because generally the two companies tend to look almost exclusively at the bottom line. Big surprise, right? Financials and stockholders generally drive the desire…

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Networking: Where do I start??

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” I’m not sure about the first part of that over-used statement, but the second part is most definitely true. What is networking? Simply put, it’s developing relationships with people, which you can then draw upon for…

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