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Apr 24, 2017

Did you know that only about 20% of all hires are made through job boards?

This is a surprisingly small percentage.

And yet, most job seekers spend the majority of their time there, droning over listing and looking for that right opportunity.

They are applying the 80/20 formula backwards! Spending 80% of their time on activities that give only 20% of results.

Job boards CAN be useful… if you know how to use them properly.

Which is exactly the purpose of today’s episode: Discover HOW to use job boards effectively so you can free up your time and use it to grow you network instead!

Show highlights:

  • How to use job boards so that hiring managers find YOU. (04:06)
  • One simple way to drastically reduce time you spend searching through job boards… and still remain on top of every lucrative job opening the moment it’s posted! (05:01)
  • How to get any line manager’s direct contact info… even if it is NOT disclosed in the job listing. (06:10)
  • How to increase your chances to be found by search firm recruiters. (07:38)
  • How to use job boards to discover unpublished job opportunities. (Use this to always be the first candidate hiring managers think of!) (08:12)

And if you wish to discover additional activities you must do to stay in demand… go to, take the quiz... and get your complimentary free training to help you fill that knowledge gap!

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Apr 17, 2017

Very few people actively stay relevant to their competition… even when they do their job extremely well!

The reason? Spending too much time at your desk and assuming everyone around you knows about the good work that you do each day.

And if this describes you, don’t worry. Listen to today’s show to learn career maintenance strategies that will help you stay relevant (and in constant demand!)… without declaring you are looking for a job.

Show highlights:

  • When doing volunteer work can help you stay in demand. (4:24)
  • How to be seen as an authority in your industry AND keep in touch with college classmates at the same time. (4:52)
  • How to cultivate leads from conferences and conventions… even when you can’t attend! (6:02)
  • Do this to make connections offline without leaving your office. (6:50)
  • How to use blogging to your advantage. (7:01)

Go to to find out what else you need to know to stay competitive before you need it.

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Apr 10, 2017

I’m surprised by how few executives know how to use exploratory interviews to their advantage.

This is a great tool to learn new industries and discover unpublished opportunities in your field. Plus, it’s the best way to put yourself out there without declaring you are looking for a job!

An exploratory interview can play an instrumental role in your career advances… and, as a job seeker, you really need to learn how to use it the right way.

For this reason, today’s episode focuses on everything you need to know - and do! - before you set up your next informational interview with companies you’re interested in.

Show highlights:

  • The reason why companies love informational interviews even if they don't have a job opening right now! (3:54)
  • How to turn the interview into a powerful networking tool and create opportunities for you. (4:44)
  • What you must do immediately after you identify a company you want to explore. (5:40)
  • How to ask for referrals without feeling awkward about it. (6:15)
  • A word-for-word cold call letter example you can use for your own cold calling. (7:23)
  • A four-item checklist to help you prepare for your next exploratory interview. (8:59)
  • One question you must never ask during interviews. (9:56)

These interviews can be a great tool you can use to stay in demand before you need it. Plus, once you learn how to do them right, you’ll discover how easy it is to set one up any time you find a company you’re interested in!

And if there’s additional job landing knowledge gaps you need to fill... go to, take our quiz, and get your free training today.

Ready to know more? Start listening now!

Apr 3, 2017

I’m always surprised by how many senior executives and professionals don’t understand the business model of third party recruiting.

And that’s a bad thing. Because an effective recruiter relationship can play an instrumental part in your career advances. It can literally mean the difference between you getting great offers all the time… and no calls at all!

And that’s the focus of the episode today - understanding how recruiters work!

Whether you’ve worked with recruiters before or not, you’ll find there are seven things you can improve immediately to make your relationship with them the most effective it can be.

Show highlights:

  • Why you can’t hire a recruiter. (And how to turn this to your advantage.) (5:05)
  • The single most important reason why you should never ignore any recruiters’ calls. (6:10)
  • How to make recruiters want to help you. (7:03)
  • The one thing you must never do when dealing with a recruiter. (7:27)
  • One type of candidate all recruiters want to market all the time. (8:08)
  • What to do when you’re not getting calls from recruiters. (9:45)

Ready to take action?

Here’s what you can do next:

Go to, take the job landing quiz, and compare the score to see how well you’d do if you had to find a new job TODAY.

Plus, get all the free training you need to ensure you are always ready and in demand.

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