The anatomy of a thank you note – what you need to write to get hired.

You already said what you had to say – and expressed your profuse gratitude – in the interview itself. Why should you take the time to rehash what’s already been clearly spelled out? Is a Thank You note really necessary? The short answer is yes; the Thank You note is a lot more than an antiquated tradition. A recent CNBC report reveals that, despite hiring experts saying the Thank You note is ‘critical,’ only 25% of entry-level applicants actually send thank you notes after interviews. Still think they’re unnecessary? A client of mine - a CFO at one of the fastest growing companies in DFW - goes so far as to closely monitor not only ...
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How Networking Will Change Your Life (& Drive Your Sales)

Networking is a powerful tool. Yet for most, the thought of inserting oneself into an already-established group of people immediately elicits clammy palms and anxiety-sweats. To put this into perspective, I am the type of person that will talk to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. I've made sales in elevators, at dog parks, on airplanes and even in the bathroom at a nightclub, but ask me to go to a networking event and I'll tell you that I'd rather watch 'IT.' Alone. In the dark. Oh, and I hate scary movies. It wasn’t until recently that I forced myself to venture into the mysterious world of networking events. It turns out if you arm yourself with a few simple tools networking is not as terrifying as it's made out to be. Not only is it not something to be feared, but it's been the most significant ROI I've done for my book of business - and personal life, for that matter.

The case for face to face.

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Are you replaceable…by a robot?

Really - what are the odds of losing your job to a robot? Remarkably low, especially if you’re in a specialized or highly skilled industry. Yet new studies, which maintain 15% of the global workforce will be disrupted by automation by 2030, have skilled and unskilled workers alike fearing for the loss of their livelihoods. So how do you compete with robots and algorithms? The answer lies in embracing that which has long been overlooked in the corporate workplace: empathy, creative thinking, and humanity. READ MORE

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Beat Your Application Slump.

The story is all too familiar - you perfectly tailor your resume, submit it through all the right channels, and patiently wait for an email that will likely never come. Applications can be long, tiresome, and shockingly futile: a 2016 report revealed that for every 27 job applications, you’re likely to get ONE single interview. Little has changed in the intervening years since these statistics were released - 2018 is just as competitive and it’ll take a unique mixture of ambition and creativity to get noticed. With sites like LinkedIn making it easier and easier to apply for jobs en masse, you may be devoting countless hours toiling away with unnecessary applications. READ MORE

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5 Ways to Make a GREAT First Impression

It only takes a glance, maybe five seconds for a person you meet for the first time to evaluate you. During that short time, their opinion about you can be influenced by your body language, appearance, demeanor, how you are dressed, and even your mannerisms. In most cases it is not easy to undo or reverse the first impression; this makes first impressions crucial since they tend to form the tone for all relationships that follow. So, whether it is in your social life or career, it is vital to know how to create a positive first impression. In this article, we look at some tips that will help you make a great first impression.

1. Be punctual

Whether you are going for a job interview or a business meeting, being on time is a must. You should live by the saying, “if you’re on time you are late if you’re early you’re on time.” Always make a point of getting to the interview venue at least 30 minutes early; this allows you ample time to get used...
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Want the job? Break the rules.

Have you ever wondered why you’re not hearing back about your job applications? You’re not alone. A candidate recently sent us a message on Yelp wondering why, despite her many qualifications, she was not getting any interviews. After reviewing her situation, I realized that this person was making the biggest mistake that I see over and over again. And if you’re not landing job offers, you are probably making it too.  You’re following the rules. The biggest mistake job seekers make is doing the expected - over and over again - and expecting unexpected, extraordinary results. That’s just not how it works. If you want to gain the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager who is reviewing READ MORE

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If you’re on time, you’re late.

We are trained “clock watchers.”  So why do so many of us have difficulty in showing up to meetings on time?  And are we fully aware of the adverse, potentially disastrous consequences on our business relationships? Consider the consequences of showing up early. It’s the complete antithesis of the impression that you will create if you show up late.  It will set you apart, provide you with a significant competitive advantage and create a winning mindset (and, if replicated contribute to a very important aspect of company culture). Additionally, the rather dramatic consequences of being late (especially if it's habitual) are inversely related to the relative ease with which the problem can be addressed and reversed. Read on to learn:
  • Why chronic tardiness stunts your career growth
  • Simple steps to reverse the behavior
  • A simple mantra for showing up 'on time, fully engaged and fully prepared' - every time
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The Simple Advice That Changed My Life

I am a stickler for follow up. As Co-Founder of Proven Recruiting, I’ve made it my mission to ensure we respond to every email, phone call and website inquiry as immediately as possible. I also lend a hand to our Social Media team, personally taking part in acknowledging every Yelp, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn comment quickly and thoughtfully. I guess you could say prompt follow up is my thing. So why is it so important to me, and where did it come from? The answer lies in the best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always reply by return of mail. To quickly address the potentially anachronistic ‘mail’ reference, this advice was shared with me during my high school graduation, now many year...
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Ten Minutes Is All It Takes to Seriously Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

You already know that LinkedIn is an essential personal branding tool that every professional should use. But are you really getting anything out of it? Unless you’ve optimized your LinkedIn profile, the answer is probably no. (No offense.) Here’s the good news: basic LinkedIn profile optimization is not as scary as it sounds. Got 10 minutes? Great. That’s all it takes.  Here’s why it matters: According to LinkedIn, more than 111 million Americans have active profiles on their site. That’s about 70% of our entire workforce.  And according to READ MORE

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Five Steps to Immediately Improve Your Follow-Up Skills

hello_iStock_000020143679Small-e1403231684775 Most people suck at follow up. Some are too pushy, some are too passive, some are too wordy, and some are too shy. Entry-levels and experienced professionals alike often blunder during this phase of the job application process and lose out to other applicants as a result. Why do so many people suck at follow up? For one, it's an often overlooked step when applying for jobs. People focus on the big moments - Apply, Land Interview, Interview, Get Offer, Accept Job - and forget that Follow Up is the glue that holds it all together. ...
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