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The Rules of Online Networking for Your Job Search

Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer

As you’ve probably heard by now, professional networking is an essential skill — some might call it a “necessary evil” — that can help you further your career. The people you meet through networking can point you to your next career move, act as references for jobs you’re applying for and mentor you in ways you never thought possible.

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5 Steps to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

It’s no secret that people have short attention spans. In fact, a recent study reported that the average human’s attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to be able to deliver a short, clear and memorable elevator pitch. From networking events and job fairs to business meetings or informal introductions, a good elevator pitch is a great way to get off on the right foot. Continue reading 5 Steps to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

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Take the Awkwardness Out of Professional Networking with These 3 Rules

The first time I attended a networking event, I had homemade business cards that pointed to a personal email address, and I had virtually no career to speak of. I barely had a college degree, and the conversations I had hinted that I didn’t have a job: “So if you hear of anything….” I’d trail off, leaving an awkward silence.

I was one of those people you probably wanted to slowly back away from at a networking event. Why? I was relying on the rest of the networking professionals to help me find a career focus, as well as a job, instead of coming to the event with a polished game plan and knowing what I wanted.

If you had been stuck talking to me that night, here are the tips present-day me would give you to get out of that awkward networking conversation: Continue reading Take the Awkwardness Out of Professional Networking with These 3 Rules

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