Whether you are a college student about to be launched into the working world or someone launched long ago, consider your LinkedIn photo.
Social networking site LinkedIn connects people in business. Some people rack up 500+ connections and forget about it. Stay active on LinkedIn with current contacts and find new ones.
The Holidays are a great time for informational interviews. Here is the challenging part: you have to ask for them.
If you meet someone at a party or event, don’t be afraid to ask. “Your career (or company) sounds very interesting. Do you have time this week to grab a cup of coffee and tell me more about what you do?”
This week, I am doing a breakfast dining tutorial for a group of college students and professionals, so this might be a good opportunity to talk about the etiquette of breaking bread at a breakfast meeting. Continue reading
It’s time for a little tough love. This is difficult for me to say, and the last thing I want is for you to take this the wrong way.
But interviewers don’t care what they can do for you. There it is. The skunk is on the table.
They don’t care that the job might be a great stepping stone in your career or that you would have a tremendous sense of accomplishment if you worked for them. Continue reading
When it comes to interviews and alcohol, first thing’s first. If you don’t drink, don’t drink. In business, it is better not to have alcohol, because you want to keep a clear head. Continue reading
Normally, you would stay away from spaghetti in a business meal and opt for something less messy — a smaller noodle like macaroni or penne. But sometimes, a little spaghetti into our business or social lives must fall. That said, we are finally going to settle this spaghetti and spoon thing once and for all. The etiquette authorities are divided, so I will quote them directly: Continue reading
If it has been warmer in Alaska than where you are lately, you might be feeling some winter doldrums. Even the Southern Californians are suffering in the 60s. Brrrrrr! It is so bad, some of them are even wearing socks. Continue reading