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Why Some People Don’t Follow Up on Networking Contacts When They Know It’s in Their Best Interest

At our last meeting, we discussed why some people don’t follow up on their contacts — even good quality networking contacts.  During the course of our meeting, some explanations came to light Here are some of them plus a few … Continue reading

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Keeping Commitments; Following Up with Contacts

Our Table Topic today, Are You Following Up on All of Your Job Leads and Networking Contacts? raises a key challenge that everyone faces, not just active job seekers: How do you keep your commitments? How do you manage to … Continue reading

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Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

This old chestnut, which I believe dates back to an ad for the Peace Corps from the Sixties*, still confuses me. Seriously. If my glass is half full does that mean that it’s a good thing, and if it’s half … Continue reading

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Websites: Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them!

We have just launched what is, I believe, our third iteration of the MPN Website. This one was created by what looked to be a Dream Team of MPNers: those with the time and willingness to chip in with their expertise and create the website to top all websites. Continue reading

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Plan B: When it comes to seeking new ways of making a living, leave the contraceptives at home!

I ran a workshop recently entitled, “Plan B for Backup: What Other Options Do You Have for the Future in Terms of Your Career and Making Money?” …it was pointed out to me in no uncertain terms by a fellow career coach that Plan B was a contraceptive device, but Continue reading

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Questions, Questions, Questions…

Many job seekers focus on the answers they need to deliver, but the questions you ask can be just as crucial to your chances of success —if not more so. For example, one of our members, Jacques, went into an … Continue reading

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Is It Time for You to Do A LinkedIn Makeover?

In our ongoing discussion of how to use LinkedIn to find a job, we started to get into the subject of keywords, naturally — except there’s nothing natural about the process of creating your keyword list. No, this is the … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs: Change Agent for Our Time

In Monday’s MPN Meeting we viewed the second half of Steve Jobs’ memorable Stanford commencement address in 2005 and then discussed it in terms of the job search. The discussion was spirited, if not electric at times, as his speech … Continue reading

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LinkedIn: Use It or Lose…Out.

Just this weekend I was talking with a senior-level recruiter in Manhattan and he happened to mention that they use LinkedIn all the time. No surprise there. But it was his matter of fact tone that got me to thinking. … Continue reading

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Labor Day: It’s for Those Looking for Work, Too, You Know.

It’s Labor Day weekend so one’s thoughts turn naturally to the state of labor in the country, and, in particular, since this is an MPN blog post, to the state of employment in the marketing and associated industries. Is the … Continue reading

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