When you’re unemployed, the thought of answering the simple question “What do you do?” can seem so daunting. What do you say? How can you answer the question without feeling embarrassed about your situation? What can you say to impress the person you’re talking to? First off, don’t feel embarrassed about being unemployed. Being in-between jobs isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Instead of saying “Right now, I’m unemployed but I’m looking for opportunities in the marketing space,” get more specific so the other person clearly understands how you add value. You can do that by using your branding statement. Your branding statement should be relatively short and answer three questions:
It’s inevitable. You’re going to experience some pretty awkward situations at networking events during your lifetime - no matter how comfortable, cool, and collected you may be. In fact, you might be the suavest professional at the party, but if you don’t know how to handle the following situations, you can find yourself in some pretty tough spots. You don't have to be James Bond to be suave, but you do need to know how to handle these awkward situations (because they happen to all of us).
Informational interviews are a great way to build professional relationships and network your way into companies. Not sure how to prepare? There are a few things you MUST do before your next informational interview... (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.)
There are some questions you should AVOID asking in your first job interview. These interview questions make you look a liiiiiitle desperate. Why? Because they might think you want the job for the wrong reasons... You just need something temporary fast until you can find something better.
It's time to focus on touching up your LinkedIn profile so it’s bright, shiny, and squeaky clean for employers. Here are some things to polish up on your profile: (Psst! Can't get hired? Watch this free tutorial.)
When it comes to networking, what’s better: quantity or quality of connections? Is it better to have a large network of acquaintances or a small network of close colleagues? (Psst! Can't get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) While we suggest connecting with a variety of people when networking, it’s important to remember that it’s not necessarily about the quantity of your connections, but the quality of those relationships.