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Job Search Tactics Prezi Webinar March 30, 2017

In case you missed it, or if you just want to review something, I’ve provided links to the Job Search Tactics Prezi, and the audio recording below.

Click Job Search Tactics Visual Prezi (March 30, 2017) for the visual part of the webinar. You may need to register with Prezi, and you will need to ‘drive’ the Prezi yourself with the forward and backward arrows on the bottom of the screen.

The audio is available here:

I recommend getting the visual up and running and then starting the audio, then matching the audio to what you see on the screen. Pause your audio player when you want to take more time to read what is on the screen.

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My recruiter pet peeves: Job Ad Mis-location and “awesome culture”


DenverTwo things demonstrated in this ad that I find annoying are the tendency of recruiters to mis-locate positions for which they are seeking candidates.  This has the effect of attracting candidates to ‘waste’ time evaluating search results that don’t have any relevance to them.  This is the equivalent of spamming to me.  The other thing I see all the time is “awesome culture” or “great culture” and that really is a waste of characters.  I don’t know what that means to the recruiter, so I don’t know what it means to me.

How do you connect with someone when you don’t know how to help them initially?

Two thoughts: first, if you really have no idea how to be helpful, maybe you are trying to jump too far in a single leap. Think about stepping stones between you and the VP/senior exec. Help the people who can help you get closer; that will also help you understand what’s useful to know and what could help the individual you are trying to reach. This requires more patience, but decreases the possibility you will fall flat on your face. Dig your well before you’re thirsty.

Second, sometimes targeting an individual is the wrong goal. I think moving your network consciously in a general direction, but not with such laser focus, produces opportunities you can’t recognize at the outset. This is especially so if you don’t understand the area well enough to be initially helpful. Start low and broad – meet the assistants, meet the support staff, meet the individual contributors. Know the new industry from the bottom up – top down learning can be a recipe for disaster. You don’t know what you don’t know.

Free Job Search Workshop (Charlotte, NC) Dec 18, 2013

Wed Dec 18 6PM 10710 Sikes Place Suite 300, Charlotte

Please RSVP  if you can attend this Free Job Search Workshop.I will plan to cover items of particular interest to current college students and recent (since the beginning of the Great Recession grads).  This will include using social media, with particular emphasis on LinkedIn.  But, space permitting, all are welcome and all current job seekers should find something of value.

RSVP soon to get a seat.

I will be presenting on Wednesday evening December 18 from 6 to 8 pm at a meeting room donated by Power Plant Management Services, LLC at their Charlotte office:

10710 Sikes Place, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28277


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When is it Too Early to Quit?

I read the article When is it Too Early to Quit?  While I get the desire to be persistent, and I know the importance of perseverance, those things need to be balanced against opportunity and new challenges, and life long learning.

Every decision to do something is a decision to quit something else.  If I choose to follow my dream, I need to quit wasting my time.  Some people may look askance and disparage me because I quit my job, but if my job was a waste of time, shouldn’t I have quit?  I think it is never too early to quit – you just need to quit the things you should quit.  That’s a judgment call, and the most important decisions are often the most difficult because it’s hard to tell whether what I am doing now is wasting my time more than another option that presents itself.  If it’s clear which is the bigger waste of time, the decision is easy.  It’s when it’s not clear that people find themselves in a quandary: should I stay or should I go?  The vast majority of people elect to stay with the status quo when facing this ambiguity.  But I say, move out of your comfort zone and try something new: Opt for Change.

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