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Friday 411 – The Golden Rule of Networking

Red Flags and Turd Sanwiches: A Friend’s Story of Misery
by Rich Dematteo, Corn on the Job
A friend of mine recently went through a real turd sandwich of a situation. She went from having a job she imagined would be incredible for her short and long-term career, to being fired and becoming the scapegoat for something that wasn’t the slightest bit her fault!
I’m going to present this story through “red flags”. There are a number of them, and that’s where I want to focus the attention for this particular story.

The Golden Rule of Networking: Don’t Keep Score
by Harvey Mackay, Forbes
I call it Golden Rule of Networking, and it should permeate all your networking efforts. What makes that a little tricky is that it goes against every naturally acquisitive, ambitious and self-serving impulse in you. My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don’t keep score.

What’s hiding behind the buzzwords in job ads?
by Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Fortune
Read enough help-wanted advertisements, and you’ll soon realize that they all basically sound the same. Jargon like “detail-oriented” and “self-starter” is so overused that the positions advertised begin to sound unremarkable: part of the expected landscape of hunting for a job. But if you stop and think about what all of these buzzwords are signaling, you’ll realize how much information you just might miss.

Long-term joblessness: 4 ways to survive mentally
by Amy Levin-Epstein, CBS NEWS
Long-term unemployment doesn’t just put a huge dent in a person’s savings account — it can also damage the psyche.

Diversify your Dreams
by Daniel Gulati, Harvard Business Review Blog
If you ever want to lie awake at night, go ahead and think about your “one thing” — the one thing you were born to do, the one career you were built to succeed at, and the one person you were destined to spend the rest of your life with.

How to Spot a Control Freak Boss
by Wes Skillings, Big Interview
Micromanagers like to think of themselves as perfectionists, but they probably aren’t.

Mind your Manners: The Value of Etiquette in Modern Networking
by Tony Morrison, Business Insider
Long before you were tall enough to ride Space Mountain, your mom reminded you to say “please” and “thank you.”

About the Author

Pamela Skillings is co-founder of Big Interview. As an interview coach, she has helped her clients land dream jobs at companies including Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan Chase.She also has more than 15 years of experience training and advising managers at organizations from American Express to the City of New York.She is an adjunct professor at New York University and an instructor at the American Management Association.

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