Networking Etiquette 101

Networking is life-blood; whether you realize it or not, you are networking on a daily basis when you interact with others. It is essential for those in a job, as it leads to getting known, to forge good relationships, and opportunities as they arise. Networking is essential for business owners, either online or in-person events …

Are Networking Meetings Really Networking Anymore?

I have to admit that I'm very selective when it comes to attending networking meetings. It's not that I don't enjoy meeting new people or reconnecting with people I already know; I do have to protect my time as I'm busy with seeing clients, teaching, and working on my business. But I'm finding it more …

The Art of Making Small Talk

In the world of business, it is imperative to network in order to promote your business as well as finding others you can joint venture with. The possibilities are endless in the amount of groups and associations you can find. However, not everyone is comfortable with making small talk which could prevent them from opportunities …

Being Authentic When Relationship Building ( #215)

As we all know, relationships are the basis for having a good life; this includes our personal life, our work situations, and for building businesses.  We've all heard the phrase, 'its not what you know but who you know" and, partly, no truer words have been spoken. People will refer those they know, like and …

Don’t Become a Hostage to Your Computer in Your Job Search

I don't know if it was the recent moon phenomena we experienced or my bad luck, but I had yet another computer crash.  This time, my operating system stopped working.  No virus found so no explanation for it stopping.   You can imagine my panic but this time it was not for my data- I smartened …

Why the Holidays Are a Great Time to Job Hunt

Traditionally, the holidays are a time of great preparation as you are busy decorating your house with lights and ornaments, buying presents for those on your list, or baking goodies for the holiday meal.  It is a time of parties and get-togethers with family and friends.  It would seem that with all of this activity it …

To Older Workers: Get With the Program!

I recently worked a career fair that involved the 50+ population.  I met with attendees to help them develop and refine a job search strategy, discuss options for where to look for a job, and review their resumes.  I met with individuals who had very impressive work histories and credentials and some who had not …