Top 12 Ice Breaker Questions for Networking Events

The following questions can be used to start and maintain a conversation with a person you are meeting for the first time.

1. What attracted you to the [insert] industry?

2. How did you get your start in the [insert] industry?

3. What do you enjoy most about your role with [insert] company?

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How to Answer Job Interview Questions

The late management guru Peter Drucker said, “My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” I only hope the folks who had to respond knew that Mr. Drucker likely had the answers already, and had the presence of mind to ask him a few questions of their own. You don’t have to be an oracle when it comes to answering people’s questions on the job interview. Just give each inquiry—whether from a future or current boss, co-worker or client—your best reply. Follow these tips to giving your best answer each time:

1. Understand the question. Miscommunication often occurs when you don’t pay close attention to what is being discussed. Make sure you understand what you’re being asked, and clarify the question if you’re confused. Ask the questioner to repeat or rephrase if you aren’t sure what they’re asking.

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Coveys 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

It is 18 years since Stephen Covey published his seminal work “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, which was a hugely impactful book, selling millions of copies. In that book, Dr. Covey showed us how to become as effective as we possibly could be. In the 8th Habit, he opens up more potential for us all – by moving from “effectiveness to greatness”. The world today is different, with more challenge, ambiguity and complexity and while the 7 Habits form a strong basis upon which to start, it is this next step – the 8th Habit –that will take us to true fulfillment in what Covey describes as the age of the knowledge worker. The book’s synopsis promises that The 8th Habit is the answer to the yearning for greatness, the organization’s imperative for significance and superior results, and the human’s search for its “voice”. I believe there are some handy tips to be found in the book, but it is a much less intuitive read than his previous works. The book is divided into two sections. The first focuses on “finding your voice” and the second on “inspiring others to find theirs”.

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Good To Great – The Hedgehog Concept by Jim Collins

The Hedgehog Concept is a simple, crystalline concept that flows from deep understanding about the intersection of the following three circles:

1. What you can be the best in the world at?
But equally important, what you cannot be the best in the world at? This discerning standard goes far beyond core competence. Just because you possess a core competence doesn’t necessarily mean you can be the best in the world at it. Conversely, what you can be the best at might not even be something in which you are currently engaged.

2. What drives your economic engine?
All the good-to-great companies attained piercing insight into how to most effectively generate sustained and robust cash flow and profitability. In particular, they discovered the single denominator – profit per x – that had the greatest impact on the economics. (It would be cash flow per x in the social sector.)

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How To Use Google Alerts In Your Job Search

When it comes to your job search, Google Alerts can be a useful ally. What are Google Alerts? They are notifications you get from Google after you have instructed it to monitor the Internet for new information about a topic of interest. Using the watchful eye of the world’s largest search engine is much more efficient than conducting your own daily manual searches.

For a job seeker, Google Alerts’ powers are three-fold. You can use it to monitor your online reputation, get notified of new positions that become open, and stay abreast of news from your target companies.

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12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013

This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action.

At the start of every year, I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months. Here are the quotes I’ve selected for 2013:

1. “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Napoleon Hill

2. “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” Brian Tracy

3. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie

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Preparation + Opportunity = LUCK*

LUCK* = Laboring Under Correct Knowledge
Here is a great exercise to get your year off on the right path.

Set aside a couple hours to relax and mentally walk forward through the past year. Write down on a separate sheet of paper everything that occurred as a significant event or personal shift from your prior life. I call this my “Acknowledgements & Accomplishments” list. Allow yourself to err on the side of writing down too much (my 2012 list had 24 items) and give specific, measurable results when applicable. Spend an hour or more on this portion of the process alone, as it can be incredibly uplifting and validating. Then, complete the following:

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3 Interview Questions That Reveal Everything

Employee fit is crucial. Here’s a simple way to know if a job candidate is right for your business. Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working.

To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here’s a simple but incredibly effective interview technique.

Here’s how it works. Just start from the beginning of the candidate’s work history and work your way through each subsequent job. Move quickly, and don’t ask for detail. And don’t ask follow-up questions, at least not yet.

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Don’t Just Wing It – Get Prepared for Interviews

If you’re the one doing the interviewing, get clear on what strengths, motivational and fit insights you’re looking for before you go into your interviews.

If you’re the one being interviewed, prepare by thinking through examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the organization and role you’re interviewing for, and the fit between your own preferences and the organization’s Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment (BRAVE).

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Top 5 Reasons Why you Never Hear Back After Applying for a Job and How to Avoid the Resume Black Hole

People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?
Many HR managers and recruiters complain that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you break through and Avoid the Resume Black Hole?

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