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Media Woes Create Career Opportunities

July 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Tweet  Traditional news outlets are scrambling for survival–and losing the fight.  This is sad for those of us who began our careers in newsrooms with upright typewriters and saw our stories literally hand set into metal type.  However, the changing news environment is opening opportunities for PR practitioners, especially for those who are digitally savvy.  As PR professionals, […]

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Tags: Careers · Off-the-Wall

Pet Peeve: Cell Phone Ringing in Interviews

July 9th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetThe informational interview had only just begun when my guest’s cell phone began blaring a rock song signaling an incoming call.  She paused, dug the phone out of her purse and sheepishly pushed the “ignore” button.  That worked for 30 seconds until the song returned.  This time, the phone was turned off.  We’re all guilty […]

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Tags: Job Search · Off-the-Wall

Dressing for a Successful Interview

April 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

TweetI’ll never forget the advice I got from a mentor many years ago when I asked for input on what to wear to my first major interview:  “If you are only remembered for what you wore to the interview, you probably made a wardrobe mistake.” Making the right decision on appropriate attire can be difficult, especially since you’re likely coming […]

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Mastering the Art of a Solid Handshake

March 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Tweet   When I was in college, I worked in the first campaign of popular Indiana Congressman John T. Myers.  He was known throughout Indiana’s 7th district and in Washington for his crushing handshake which sometimes brought stars of pain to your eyes.  But the voters remembered him and reelected him 14 times.  I think of Congressman Myers every time I am […]

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Tags: Careers · Job Search · Off-the-Wall

Personalizing the Business Card Ritual

March 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tweet While attending the Executives’ Club luncheon in Chicago yesterday, I sat next to Gwen Cohen, a First Vice President at Morgan Stanley.  For the first time in my professional career, I ran out of business cards as she handed me hers.  I told her that I would send my contact information via email, and […]

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Tags: Job Search · Off-the-Wall