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Guest Blogger: Mark Richards on Networking that Doesn't Look Like Job Searching

Posted by Ted Canova on March 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM Comments comments (0)

If your goal of attending any professional event is job search networking, before you commit to attend, first determine if there will be a ‘buyer’ for your pitch.  In short, when people are attending these events are they in the ‘mindset’ to network.   If they are not, then no matter what the pitch – it’s tough to get through. 

For more detail on which types of events offer the best networking, please see “Networking Events &...

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Sam Says: How Many Hoops is Enough?

Posted by Ted Canova on March 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM Comments comments (0)

How many hoops can companies make someone jump through to get hired?

I’ve written in the this space a number of times about the unfair practice of employers refusing to hire the unemployed. Indeed, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held hearings on the matter a couple of weeks ago.

But now, it turns out, many companies are refusing to hire smokers.

Let me be clear, I find smoking distasteful, a scourge to health care and I’ve never met a tax on ...

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Guest Blogger: Mark Richards on More Productive Networking

Posted by Ted Canova on February 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are ten tips I’ve picked up to make my meetings more productive:

One:  Start each meeting by stating the purpose for meeting – sets the table for the whole meeting

Two:  Do a time check after you state the purpose – so you know how much time you have

Three:  Save the idle chit-chat to the end, they have agreed to meet and help – use the time wisely

Four:  Start with how you can help them – to show this is a tr...

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