The 10 People You Need to Know

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on Forbes and SixFigureStart.com

I was leading a career-planning workshop for senior executives, which of course includes talk of the ideal professional network. One of the participants dared to say he didn't return unsolicited calls from recruiters. Seriously? Recruiters are definitely people you need to have in your professional network. Recruiters offer a critical window into the market. Even when you're not looking, you want to understand the level of interest in what you do (what is your marketability?), the compensation for your role (what is your market value?), and the typical scope of responsibility, budget, and/or size of team that accompany your level (are you progressing at, above, or below your peers?). Recruiters are just one type of contact you should know. Here are nine more people you need to have in your professional network.

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Four Ways to Get Hired When You Have No Experience for the Job

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on Forbes and SixFigureStart.com

Say you want to change careers and enter a new field...how do you get hired when you have no experience for that new job? The blunt truth is that you¬†always¬†must have experience related to the job you want because employers don't hire for potential. However, this experience need not come in the form of paid, full-time, on-the-job experience. Employers do prefer job candidates who have that kind of traditional experience ‚Äď i.e., people who have done the exact same job before (and ideally at a competitor!). But that is not the only experience that employers value. You can demonstrate relevant experience for a job you want, even if you have never worked in that field, in four ways:

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Alumnus and Columbia Career Coach Launches Leadership Podcast

By Joshua Spodek '93CC, '96GSAS, '99GSAS, '06BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network 

Spodek shares why his new project, the "Leadership and the Environment" podcast, is worth a listen‚ÄĒespecially for fellow alumni setting career goals for the new year.

 

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Columbia Career Coaches' Top Advice of 2017

All year long, members of the Columbia Career Coaches Network have shared their valuable expertise with fellow alumni on The Low Down, with dozens of informative articles about job transitions, difficult workplace environments, rising through the ranks, and more. Read on for some of 2017's highlights.

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The Best Time of Day to Make Decisions

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

Producing high-quality work day after day is no small feat.

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10 Answers You Need Before Accepting a New Job

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on Forbes and SixFigureStart.com

When considering a new job, most candidates know to ask questions about what their responsibilities will be, to whom will they will report, and compensation, title, and structure of the role. However, there are many more questions a job seeker should get answered before accepting a new job. You need to probe on whether you will be happy and successful on the job now and in the long-term. Here are 10 questions to help you dig deeper on whether to accept a new job.

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To Write or Not to Write: The Resume

By Keith Lawrence Miller '14TC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

A common resume writing theme is the inability for people to write their own. Most people believe this phenomenon only applies to them and are slightly ashamed that they cannot effectively develop a well-written resume. As a professional career coach, I work with hundreds of people on a yearly basis and the most common statements include the frustration and struggle with trying to write a resume. After 10+ years, I have not had the privilege of encountering someone with the unique ability to correctly and accurately write their own resume.

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Cold Calling 101: How the Technique Can Be Helpful in Your Job Search

By Debra Feldman '74PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on JobWhiz.

Rarely is anyone eager to initiate a cold call, especially to sell yourself rather than representing a professional service or product offering. Combine the usual discomforts of making an unsolicited contact with the high anxiety associated with job hunting, and together they create a stressful experience. So why would anyone put themselves through the agony of making cold calls to prospective employers when clicking on the web and licking envelopes are the alternatives? The obvious answer: Cold calling really works.

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Your Work Is Your Resume

By Debra Feldman '74PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on JobWhiz.

Leverage social networking channels to increase your value and be approachable for new career opportunities 

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5 Ways to Build Your Brand for a Future Without Jobs

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on SixFigureStart.com 

In a recent Forbes post, I wrote about the decline of traditional employment, with part of the solution being to build your brand instead of a resume.

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