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Your Summary Sunday is a terrific resource, Hannah. We're always thrilled to be included.
I can't wait to see the reaction to your thoughts on Tours of Duty piece. This "Supertemps" discussion is going to be a hot topic -- and perhaps a way of life -- for quite some time.
1 year, 3 months ago on Summary Sunday: Networking Like There's No Tomorrow
As you already know, I agree with you. Many of the standard chats -- those I used to enjoy quite a bit -- have gone more than stale. Every response is not only a soundbite, they are quite often a buzzword-ridden cliche. Sometimes I just want to shout out "Answer 113" or "Answer 34" because we all know what is coming next, and from whom. Worse yet: when a chat that is supposed to help a certain demographic or mission... and the only people in the chat are the self-proclaimed experts. In the career space, for instance, there are often very few job seekers in the chats!
I am also in the hypocrite camp, however. YouTern runs #InternPro on Monday nights. We're about 16 months in, and coming up with interesting, unique topics isn't easy. We do, however, spend hours developing not just the topic but the 8 questions we ask each Monday. In the creative process, every voice is heard, from the newest intern to the CEO.
One other major difference from chat to chat is the strength of the moderator. We, and now others like #OMCChat, do not allow self-promotion or sharing of links during the chat. When someone is answering only in cliches or "Answer 34", we gently remind everyone that this is a "no-fluff, cliche-free" zone. The moderator, ultimately, is responsible for the quality of the conversation... and there are some out there who take that responsibility seriously. Those are the chats I still enjoy.
One other thought I'll share: for those new to Twitter... and for those still building their online presence... Twitter chats remain an amazing experience. They aren't yet weary of the cliche answers; they don't yet know all the the weak players from the strong; and they don't know the fluff and froth from the practical and actionable. They will learn, in time... and then maybe they can join us who've grown tired of the experts and echo chambers congratulating each other for a great "Answer 113".
1 year, 5 months ago on Twitter Chats Are Full Of Fluff
Hannah, while we are more-than-honored to be included, this list is not complete without mentioning your blog -- and your hard work.
1 year, 8 months ago on Top 11 Blogs For Job Search 2012
A terrific list for sure, Hannah... good people, good advice and good friends. Thanks for including me.
1 year, 8 months ago on 95 People to Follow On Twitter 2013
@AlexConde Thank you, Alex. We appreciate you taking the time to read, and comment!
2 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Apparent Red Flags Every Working Stiff Ignores
@amberrisme Thank you, Amber. I hope this is of help to your husband... and wish him (and you) nothing but the best of luck!
@MeghanMBiro And I'm right there with you, Meghan... thank you!
So well done, Margie... one of the most thoughtful posts of the entire year. Thank you.
2 years, 8 months ago on Dear Trey and Bruce
This is a great message, Dan. Family, friends, being creative and health would be 1 through 4 also. No. 5 on my list, as Brian discussed, is my work. I'm incredibly grateful for a career that keeps me energized, motivated and challenged -- and helps others, too. Thanks, Dan!
2 years, 9 months ago on Thoughts 4 Friday – What Are You Grateful For?
This is terrific advice @CASUDI ... so practical, yet makes you think about what YOU want, instead of maybe how to keep up with trends or impress others. Well, done!
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Fun Things To Obsess Over When Designing Your Own Space
@dbvickery At YouTern, we work with a lot of young talent. Being a morning person stationed on the west coast, it used to bother me quite a bit when I would beat an east coaster to work (virtually, of course). Not anymore. Between the early risers and late workers on both coasts, our business runs nearly 24/7 -- and not even on purpose. Gotta love it, right?
Thanks for your comment, Brian... enjoy the evening!
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Scary Business Lessons Learned from Halloween Monsters
@margieclayman This was a fun post to do, Margie... my entire family got into it -- a team effort. They were the inspiration!
@Biebert Thank you, Aaron... Hey, don't forget to leave some of tonight's candy for the kids. Enjoy!
@ComConcepts Well done, Dennis! We don't mind at all that you linked your post... good stuff to keep the conversation going. Happy Halloween!
@danielnewmanUV Appreciate the kind words, Dan... no go enjoy Halloween with those kids, yes?
@shawmu Thank you, Shawn... glad you enjoyed (and love the evil laugh!)
This is a great post, @MeghanMBiro... and not just for MBA grads; most points are spot on for just about everyone entering the workforce, currently looking for work or re-framing their careers. I particularly like No. 12. Tough (brave) advice, but so realistic -- and an absolute "must hear" in today's marketplace.
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Valuable Lessons for New MBA Grads
Love this post, @tamcdonald ... and will share with our @youtern audience as a "MUST READ" for networking. From beginners all the way up to those of us who do this daily (and too often forget some of what you say here) this is really good information told in a sincere way. Well done, Sir!
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Effective Ways to Expand Your Professional Network
Thank you so much for featuring YouTern; I really enjoyed doing the interview! More important, we appreciate your support of high-quality internships... both through your blog and by serving as incredible mentors.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Power of Internships: An Interview with Mark Babbitt of YouTern
Absolutely loved this post, Stan @9INCHmarketing . Not just the content, but really enjoyed the "interactive" nature. When you can have fun while you learn something new... that makes for an exceptionally good read!
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Outrageous PR Stunts in the History of Marketing (and Lessons Learned)
I LOVE this post, @tedcoine ... and could use many of these ideas in rotation when having "one-of-those-days"!
I'll add one more if you don't mind... choose to routinely spend some time with a child. Amazing how that helps keep life in perspective, and how their attitude rubs off on you as you get on the floor, or go outside, and just play.
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Inspirational Ways To Turn Your Attitude Around
This is a great list, Sam... I only have TripIt and Weather Channel currently. Downloading many of the others now. BTW, "SitOrSquat" is a hilarious name for an app. Brilliant!
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Sanity-Saving Apps for the Frequent Business Traveler
Well done, @danielnewmanUV. Healthy "debate" (the label most used by those you speak of here) is good for the soul and often enables us us to rethink the logic behind our positions. However, most in the Headcase category forget that "debate" requires both sides to participate -- and that calling someone out in public is not debate; it is a choice to be deliberately confrontational.
2 years, 12 months ago on We Don't Need No Stinkin' Negativity
@profkrg You just made my/our whole day, Kenna... thank you!
@westfallonline Thanks, Chris... appreciate your sharing -- a huge compliment.
I agree... Hootsuite is a great tool, also. It would be fun to collect all the tools recommended here in the comments; maybe have a 24Most post when we're done?
3 years ago on 12 Most Relevant Online Resources for Job Seekers
@margieclayman That is the best part of being in the 12Most community, Margie... people like you willing to learn and share. My pleasure to contribute!
@Chloe Jeffreys Chloe... you have been holding out on us. Where do we find these therapists that help us recover from PTMLMD?
3 years ago on 12 Most Likely Reasons I Am NOT Following You on Social Media
@BruceSallan Thank you, Bruce (blushing). As an aside... looking forward to my first #DadChat tomorrow!
@emilydiab Thank you for the kind words, Emily -- very glad you enjoyed the post, and even happier you'll be sharing with your team!
@jenjarratt Not "dumb" at all, Jen... MLM = Multi-Level Marketing. Schemes where you talk friends and family into joining, and they talk their friends and family into joining; the more you're successful, the higher your pyramid grows. Unfortunately, in these tough times -- and with the ease of communicating through social media -- the definition of "friends" has been changed dramatically -- and we are all pelted with "opportunities". Grrrrrrr.
@shawmu Thank you, Shawn. Not sure what the "link only" tweet and Google+ messages are about, but I have noticed them a lot more lately. I can tell you this: I'm in no way tempted to click on the link. How long does it take to give me a reason why I should?
@kayross Another good one... Personally, I want to hear your thoughts, not Ben Franklin's or Ralph Waldo Emerson's!
@goodlaura Endorsement gladly accepted in the spirit intended. I'll check out Tweepi. Thanks for reading, and your comment (agreed, the profile is the first impression!)
@KatCaverly Thank you, Kat... sure appreciate the kind words. In fact, if I wasn't in a sarcastic/grumpy/frustrated-with-spammers mood when I wrote the post it could have easily been "The 12 Most Likely Reasons I DO Follow You...". And your views on engagement could have formed that list; you really nailed the reasons why we willingly follow some, and not others!
@coloursofsydney Another one I wish I would have thought of... maybe for a Baker's Dozen: "Whiners and Victims". Well done.
@SusieBlackmon Funny thing is, Susie, while they are rehashing old material, they think they're fooling us into thinking they've earned those monikers. Sad.
@DebDrive Great point, Deb... be a person first, a businessperson second. Good rule to follow on Twitter, and probably everywhere else.
@prosperitygal@Biebert Thank you (and yes, I'm still repeating...)
@margieclayman I'm convinced that those "#wefollowback" types who really get it quickly understand their mistake. In my book, those guys get a second chance. But just once.
@PaulBiedermann Fact is that even with these SoMe rules I'm not even close to figuring out the "balance" thing, Paul. So please let me know when you've learned the secret?
@AngelaDaffron Thanks, Angela... and thank you to @Biebert for pitching in on the repeating! I guess we could put the "I can show you how to make money online!" guys (gurus?) in this mix, too.
@AmyMccTobin I wouldn't know anything about sarcasm. Nope, not me. Not one little bit... (thanks for your comment!)
@danreebes Rockstars has been a social media parody all by itself... wish I would have thought of that one. Well done.
Thanks for the comment, @JoshPGreenberg ...couldn't agree more on the "Warren Buffett as Guru" comment -- he has earned it (and few others have).
@AdamTownsend Thank you for the comment, Adam. We agree that anything that adds "clutter" -- or using more than one font -- does not serve the job seeker well. Our advice is to pick one easy-to-read, fairly conservative and contemporary font, perhaps Calibri, that represents you well.
3 years ago on 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Old and Unemployed
@JohnFeskorn So right, John... Great concept to apply these principals to sales -- and sales best practices to job hunting (which involves just a little bit of salesmanship!)
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Common Ways To Bomb Your Job Interview
@tedcoine Love this... "come back when you've built some character."
Yet is it amazing how many FAIL in this area. As child, didn't these candidates have fathers, coaches, mentors, mothers, friends, teachers... ANYONE to tell them how important this is?
Many years ago I had a guy completely fail at his first handshake. He (we) just plain old missed. Michael, however, had the you-know-whats to look me in the eye and say "That handshake sucked, and I can do -- should do -- better. Can we start over?" We did. He did well. He turned into a GREAT employee I trusted with an entire office.
@Lisa_Pool Great story, Lisa... and I'm so happy to hear the good news. Question: where did your 17yo son learn how important how important research was to the interview? (I bet I know the answer...)
One of my first questions of candidates, usually right after I ask them to give me their best 60 second elevator pitch, is: "Tell me what you've learned about <company>?" The look of horror on some faces says volumes. While others LOVE the opportunity to show how much homework they've done. Great filter -- and when the candidate is clearly unprepared, a good way to keep many interviews well under 15 minutes.
@danielnewmanUV Dan, as I was writing this post it occurred to me that common sense should win out in most of the 12 points. Then, I realized that I could think of DOZENS, maybe hundreds, of cases where "common" sense was disregarded, the job seeker didn't seem to realize they were doing anything wrong.
Especially in sales, leadership roles and customer-facing jobs... the recruiter makes an assumption that often puts a candidate in the "unacceptable" category: "if you have a limp, wet handshake with me -- you will with my prospects/employees/customers, too."
@C_Pappas Thank you for your comment. I couldn't agree more... and have often blogged about "who are you listening to?" when it comes to job search advice. Social and digital media have played a major role in the transition that is occurring -- and it is up to all job seekers to keep learning, and remain viable.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Old and Unemployed