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Looking for your dream PR job? Five ways to become the right candidate today.

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Everyone dreams of that PR job - The One. Just imagine taking an elevator to your office where you fully immerse yourself in the brands, products or services you personally believe in. It doesn’t get any better than that. But how do you work on getting there? Not only will the right preparation help you land the right job, you’ll also discover what that dream job truly is. Create an ePortfolio.

How to Get a Mentor

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Everyone needs a mentor. There is no doubt that mentorship has positive lift for young and old, job seekers and career ladder climbers, students and teachers, managers and individual contributors. have often argued that not only are mentors valuable, but a board of mentors is perhaps the best path to objective, savvy and smart advice for weathering both storm and good weather.

Getting an Edge; Why Your Elevator Speech is Crucial to Job Search

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Landing an interview, let alone a job has never been tougher as we enter 2013. Job seekers still outnumber jobs available by four to one, not very good odds. And one of the biggest obstacles job hunters face is how to present and describe themselves in simple yet compelling language. Do you know who you are? Reach deep into your psyche and tap out any and every professional passion you have or had.

Older Does Not Translate to Dead; Ideas to Turn the Tide

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I was at a communications conference recently whose primary focus was on innovation in the communications industry. There were a range of topics largely centered on curation, creativity, content, crowd sourcing, collaboration and community. These are all topics that are typically grounded in the ability to propagate prose that sizzles, soothes, sympathizes, and sells. Here''s the dialogue.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

Learn how to find and use influencers and advocates to gain buyer's trust on your behalf.

What to do if your job sucks!

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You are into the 11th month of your new job. There is no psychological lift from your work. The boss is a serious micro manager. You are not having much fun. You are at your wits end and see no relief ahead. What should you do? This scenario likely applies to more people than one might imagine. Perhaps even you. Rest assured you are not alone. Here are some ideas. 1. New gig. Relax. Count to ten.

Great questions can prompt great insight – What should you ask?

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More often than not how you convey your value and abilities can determine whether you end up at the top of the consideration set of a job interview. If you are prepared, can tell compelling stories of your career and chemically connect with the hiring managers, more than likely you have struck a resonant tone for a positive outcome. Where do you see the company going in the next year? 10 years?

Top Ten Reasons to Connect with Someone You Do Not Know.

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As Porter Gale launches her new tome Your Network is Your Net Worth , I am reminded of another aspect of networking that has both risk and opportunity. How do you handle requests to connect from people you do not know or know little? have written previously about the Etiquette of Connecting and those rules still apply for most if not all situations.

Terms of "Undearment" -- Words You Should Strike from Your Career Content

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In this age of personal branding and virtual knowledge, we all struggle with how to best describe our value, and the talents and abilities we bring to the party. And as we know instinctively, no amount of hyperbole or word inflation will mask our true character to people we know and who know us. The envelope, please: “Seasoned.” Results Driven.” So don’t use it. Team player.” It is a given. Proven."

Top 15 Free PR Ideas to Grow Your Online Business

You've got a great idea, you've built your killer team, and you've maybe even gone through the first round or two of funding.

Careers -- How to Change Horses Mid-stream

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If your heartstrings are resonant with the folks mentioned in this New York Times article Lost in Recession, Toll on Underemployed and Underpaid you no doubt understand the challenges inherent in job search. Landing your next gig in your own field is tough enough but changing careers or fields is not for the faint of heart or mind. Here are some ideas. Do a search and absorb all you can.

How to Achieve Guilt Free Interviewing

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You have worn a furrow deep into the carpet as a result of pacing back and forth in your office pondering how to prep for the upcoming job interview. You struggle mightily understanding the company’s balance sheet and profit and loss statement. Your brain is filled with facts and figures on the company’s business strategy as you try to memorize the biographies of the company’s C suite. Be You.

10 Commandments of Job Search

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The employment market in the second decade of the 21 st Century is literally topsy turvy. All of the rules that we have all come to love and respect over the years no longer apply. It is a new day, a new world and all bets are off. Unless you have a job, don’t assume you garner the respect of employers, headhunters and hiring managers. If you can’t be found, you do not exist. Start a business.

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How to Electrify Your Resume

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Even while channels proliferate to communicate your passions, position and career preferences, the resume remains firm as your calling card and one of the essential documents that helps you define who you are, what you do and the value you bring to the table. know, there is much talk today about the importance of the resume or the declining value of it. Opening Salvo. Link it live.

The Three Legged Stool of Career Management

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Effectively managing your career in the economy of 2011 is a vastly different world than it was just a few short years ago. No longer does it suffice to have just a resume of qualifications and access to job boards and a few connections to executive search firms. Let me explain. The resume is the first leg. The big change though is how the resume has evolved, what it conveys and how it is now used.

How to Identify the Influencers You Need to Engage

You need to understand who your community is and what makes them tick. You need to identify your “tribe” -- those who are immersed in your subject and have a following.

Burnish Your Brand by Sculpting with Social

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Never look a gift horse in the mouth. There has been no time in history where it has been easier or more efficient to sculpt your personal brand to highlight your passion, spotlight your skills and expose, to the world, your accomplishments. Let’s take stock of the possibilities. Let’s say for example that you have a penchant for being a wine PR aficionado. See “Constructing an elevator speech.”

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Connectiquette - The Etiquette of Managing Connections

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Connectiquette is not a typo or a new state in the U.S. It refers to a process of thoughtful deliberation. This age of the network and personal collaboration is bringing important benefits to people around the world. And these same platforms have become crucial in job search and career management. Making the Ask: 1. Typically only connect with people you know and who know you. 2. Connect.

How to Evaluate Multiple Job Offers

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If you are one of the fortunate few to begin benefitting from the slow-going jobs recovery you are in an enviable position. Furthermore, if the offers number more than one you truly are in an exceptional position and can count your lucky stars for your luck, diligence, experience and brilliance. These same attributes likely are the factors that can help you evaluate multiple job offers. Leadership.

Ponder Before You Post

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In this age of instantaneous communications and rapid sound bites, long gone is the luxury of correcting something said in haste. Today''s proliferation of channels and technologies has completely obliterated any chance of a safety net. There is no place to hide. The old axioms we thought were destined for the dustbins of history now take on new purpose and vigor. Write it down and commit to it.

How Leading Companies Tie Employee Advocacy to Business Outcomes

Insights from expert marketing and communications pros who are doing it today.

How to Avoid a Yahoo Moment

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Ignominious is how one might describe the latest Yahoo mishap , one of a long line of failures and foibles the company has endured over the last few years. The experience is rife with teaching moments for managements of traditional companies and soon-to-launch startups. Fact is, there are lessons for everyone if we just take the time to think and learn. Everyone else is spoken for. Hiding it will.

Can You Hear me Now? How to Handle “Radio Silence.

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There is nothing more frustrating in a job search than the lack of response by hiring managers or recruiters. You follow all the rules of a compelling cover letter. You compose a custom resume that matches your accomplishments to the job specifications posted by the company or the recruiter. Following all of this fine preparation you end up with radio silence that is both deafening and frustrating.

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Career Lessons from Bridgegate: Don’t be a Savior or a Martyr

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Time and again we are witness to crises of major proportion that often are unbelievable and defy a thinking person''s logic. Bridgegate is one such example. How on heaven''s green earth would anybody with an ounce of intelligence think that they could get away with creating a traffic jam on a major artery between New York and New Jersey and not get caught. Here are just a few. Ethics rules.

How to Make Facebook a Career Book

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The revelation that companies are asking potential employees for Facebook passwords got me thinking about how Facebook has rapidly evolved as both diary and biography. Given the addition of timeline to Facebook’s configuration, people on the hunt would do well to make Facebook work for them instead of the converse. While there are other solid platforms like LinkedIn that are a source of rich C.V.

Revenue Generating News Releases: How to Optimize Strategy and Improve ROI

Achieve better results with targeted news release distribution.

How Best to Employ Your Inner Voice in the Job Search - Respect Your Gut

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You just finished three job interviews in a week and are still Monday quarterbacking about how well you did or did not. You are analyzing every question and answer to grade your performance with the hope that you got a touchdown and will soon be on your second interview cycle with the offer letter close behind. What to do? Did you answer all the questions well? Take a deep breath! Ok relax.

How to Work Well With Others in the Workplace

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From time to time the PR Job Coach invites guest posts from colleagues on related career management topics. This guest post come from Tori R. Terhune and Betsy A. Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, authors of the new book, “Life After College: 10 Steps to Build a Life You Love,” Read it and leap! But in the working world, teams usually aren’t temporary. You can reach Tori on Twitter @ToriRTerhune. Betsy A.

How to Invent Your Next Job

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As government bickering and inaction continues, job seekers are growing ever restless, frustrated and annoyed because, for many folks, there just are no jobs to be had. You are either too old, too young, suffering the stigma of no job or you have run out of runway in your network. Have you thought about making a job for yourself? And I am not talking about flipping burgers. Leave no stone unturned.

Eight Questions to Answer Before Accepting an Internship

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Once again internships are prominent in the news. Just last week we learned from an article in the Atlantic that barely one third of the U.S. Senate pay their interns. The White House also was recently chided about not paying interns. Even the foundation of the COO of Facebook has finally and reluctantly relented and has announced that the foundation will begin paying interns.

Cover Your Bases and Home Runs - The Job Pitch Letter

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Cover letters and resumes play critical roles in career management and job search. You can argue that one trumps the other but the fact is they work together as a team. And the cover letter plays a starring role because it can get the recruiter, HR folks and the hiring manager warmed up for the main pitch of the resume. In short, the cover letter should cover your bases and home runs. Relevance.

Reference Rules of the Road, Rigorous, Reliable, Respectable and Repeatable

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So you finally passed muster in the 15 interviews you endured at ABC Company over two weeks. You are exhausted. You lost about eight pounds, sweated bullets and are in the final throes of that seemingly elusive job offer. Now comes the hard part. References are critical to bringing to a close your search for your next gig. So as you compile your list, pay heed to the quality of your references.

Aspire to Higher - Benchmarks for a PR Pro

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This post first appeared in Spin Sucks. Much continues to be penned on the role of public relations and how the field has changed throughout the years. It is the subject of lively discussion as popular as “what came first the chicken or the egg.” Everyone has an opinion on who is the lead dog in the race for hearts and minds in the reputation game in the 21st century. Always has. Always will.

How to Use Networking to Get Working

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There is no debate what so ever, networking is the chief avenue to landing a new job , hands down. And the plethora of tips, tactics and tricks to network are limitless on the web. Just Google the term networking and you are likely to be inundated with information on how to do it and profit from it. My cursory search found 127 million inks. So here goes: Start a group. The benefits can be many.

How to Get Valuable Insight on Your Career and Digital Footprint

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There are a myriad of web tools that allow you to keep score on your personal brand whether it is your Web site, Linkedin page, Twitter account, Facebook site, blog or even your Google presence. And I have used them all for a variety of reasons including benchmarking and continuous improvement. But what these tools really help with is perspective and insight. The tool is

The Essence and Nature of Wise Counsel

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hare on Twitter As POTUS Rona ld Reagan once coined, "There you go again." One might ponder that in this day and age when "Drugs, Sex and Rock & Roll" no longer mix well and Cosby is on the hot seat, people in the communications business would think about their creative ambitions especially when the spotlight is 24x7 and realtime. The latest fiasco is the recent holiday ad for Bloomingdales.

Do As I Do, Not As I Say!

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Yet again corporate America comes ashore with another stark example of why "behavior is all that matters." Hat tip to Shel Holtz for the "ship to shore" inspiration and reminder that solid moorings are required for a stellar reputation. Not to single out Wells Fargo, with whom I have had a 40 year relationship, it's behavior where the reputation rubber meets the road. Ego must go.

Recovering from a Bad Career Move – The Life You Save May Be Your Own

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This advice was originally written for Blue Steps -- "Executive Career Insider, your expert source on executive search and careers." History is littered with the hulls of rudderless ships because the appropriate captain was not at the helm; and carcasses of executives who have spent lavishly at shareowner expense or inappropriately spoke a word in haste and waste. Own it. Do not let it define you.

The Appropriate Ask -- The Top Ten Questions to Ask a New Network Connection

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The majority of folks landing new jobs today are doing it through networking and their networks. Tools like job boards, classified ads, job fairs and blind mailings are useful but there is nothing like good old fashioned networking whether it’s in person or not. For some friends and acquaintances you do not need much guidance to get started – just ask from the heart. How is your company?” So ask!

Is the Resume Dead?

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I often have commented in blogs and guest posts why it is important today to speak to and about your accomplishments. Fact is companies want to know what you have accomplished not just what jobs you have held. Your past accomplishments are an indicator of how you will perform in the future. So in this hotly competitive job market, you must “stand out” and be “outstanding.” The short answer is no.