I’ve already got Facebook. And Twitter. And Match.com. Do I really need LinkedIn too?

The web is exploding with social networking sites.  There are the general ones that anyone can use, like Facebook.  There are blogs, like this one, for broadcasting lengthier thoughts on topics ranging from should-never-even-be-spoken-aloud-private (wait, that doesn’t exist anymore) to this-is-so-formal-and-boring-professional-it’s-like-a-textbook.  And literally every single little bit of the gradient in between the two.  There are sites specializing in dating, sharing your passionate fixation with the middle right leg of ants and why it is slightly longer than all the rest (ok, I just made that up.  I hope), and especially sites for finding your until-death-do-we-part mate with whom you will be able to share a lifetime of joy studying the middle right leg of ants. Continue reading

Networking is too hard. I want something I can do today.

Two week ago my university held a business summit.  For those of you who don’t know what I mean by that, it’s a conference where a bunch of important businessy people come and tell everyone else how to be important and businessy too.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not majoring in business or trying to be a “businessperson.”  You’re trying to get a job, right?  You’re gonna be hired by a business, right?  Well then, you’re trying to be a businessperson. Continue reading

Just because it’s cliché doesn’t mean it isn’t crucial: Practice make perfect.

Yeah, I know.  Your mom nagged you with this every day of your childhood.  The phrase plagued your piano-playing years and almost pushed you to quit band when you saw a poster championing it on the wall your first day of middle school.  Your coach screamed it at you as he forced you to repeat the same drill over and over and over again.  And now I’m here to preach it to you again. Continue reading

Why would I write a handwritten letter? That’s so old-fashioned.

Max Kalehoff, vice president of marketing for Clickable, wrote an article a few months ago about this very question.  His argument (and the title of the post): “Handwritten Letters Work BECAUSE Digital Communications Don’t.”  Basically, he argues that world of digital communication is so busy and impersonal that it leads to “dehumanization and diminishing returns,” which make old-fashioned, handwritten letters all the more valuable.  As in, not typed and printed out.  That’s still technology.  Handwritten.  I know, that’s so third grade.  Get over it. Continue reading

Fine. I’ll network. Except I don’t know how.

Ok.  You know networking is important.  You know if you don’t you’ll “seriously reduce your chances to succeed” (see last post).  And you know people are willing to help you (see the “I don’t have friends” post).  But… you still have no idea how to actually start networking.  That’s why ResumeEdge.com is here to help us out.  Except, since they make you pay money to get help on their site, the kindly Network Services and Consulting Corporation is the one that’s actually to our help.  Dear eNetSC: thank you for giving me not-free stuff for free. Continue reading

How to sabotage your job search.

So there’s this guy named John Kobara.  He’s kind of a big deal, apparently.  He gives presentations on networking to these companies like, you know, ESPN, FritoLay, Pepsi, IBM…  Yeah, those are kind of a big deal too.  So that means he knows what he’s talking about, right?  Well then listen up folks, ‘cause in a post from his blog last week, he’s definitely  got something to say: Continue reading

I have no friends. And I don’t think anyone wants to be my friend.

Here’s my problem with networking: I’m a college student with no resources.  Networking is supposed to be a two-way street, right?  Who wants to be my networking buddy?  I’ve got nothing to offer.  The relationship would be parasitic rather than symbiotic. Continue reading