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Why You Should Network Even When You Don’t Want To

Connections make the world go ‘round

Very few people enjoy professional networking events, and according to a study put out by Administrative Science Quarterly, there’s a reason for that. These events don’t work. Ninety-five percent of attendees hope to make new contacts, yet spend over 50% of the event talking to people they already know.

Another study from the same journal shows that networking to advance your career can actually make you feel uncomfortable. Turns out folks don’t like using people for their own nefarious  career-furthering purposes.

All of that is why Natasha Lyonne, star of Netflix’s Russian Doll and Orange is the New Black, has a simple two-step approach to networking. She spoke of her approach at The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” conference in New York, covered by Quartz.

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Self-Imposed Barriers Job Seekers Need to Overcome

Many jobseekers spend hours a day filling out job applications online. In today’s world, would-be-employees need to treat the job search itself like a part-time job to get the position of their dreams.

 

Moving on isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In a study by Workopolis, 75% of applicants for a given role aren’t actually qualified to do it. “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the ‘Top 2%’ of candidates make it to the interview,” says Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts.

However, being able to do a job isn’t just about the listed requirements.

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Always the Interviewee, Never the Hire

You keep getting interviews, but why won’t anybody hire you?

The job search isn’t easy. You can submit 50 online job applications and never hear back from a single company.

But what do you do when you ARE getting interviews, but never progressing beyond the first or second round? Your resume isn’t the problem, so there must be something else holding you back.

We’ve got you covered. There can be plenty of reasons you aren’t getting the job offer. Let’s dig in. (more…)

Keep This in Mind Before Turning Your Passion into a Job

It isn’t impossible, but you have to be prepared.

Maybe you love to brew coffee. Perhaps embroidery is your favorite thing. It’s even possible you want to dedicate your life to raising alpacas.

Whatever your passion, if it results in a product or service, there’s someone out there making a living off it.

However, before you quit your job to paint or to open your own clothing boutique, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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3 Types of Business Culture

Which one is right for you?

Job seekers frequently worry what their interviewer is thinking of them. They want to be perfect job candidates, ideal matches for the job description. They want to be liked, both as a person and as a prospective employee.

But job seekers must also consider whether the company they’re applying to is right for them. Even if you’re a perfect fit for the company, if the company isn’t a good fit for you, you probably won’t end up happy.

This is where culture comes in. Before you start interviewing, decide what your preferred company culture looks like. Do you want your co-workers to be a second family? Or is your job a place to get work done and get out? Let’s figure that out.

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Should You Move Out of State for a Better Job?

Is it Worth It?

You like where you live. Maybe you’ve already bought a house and your kids are enrolled in a great school. But you don’t like your job, the people you work with, your boss, or some combination of all three. You could also use a pay raise.

You’ve tried searching for a different job locally, but nothing seems right. But then you hear about a great job opportunity. The problem? It’s in a totally different state.

It can be hard to decide if a new job is worth moving for. Here are a few things to keep in mind before accepting that out-of-state job offer.

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