If 66% of jobs are found through networking, it's time to learn how to do it effectively.
Competition for jobs is fierce, but networking is one way of differentiating yourself as a stellar candidate.
Recently, I read the e-book, "Stop Job Searching, Start Networking" from Job Bound, a career-services company. According to Job Bound, 66% of all jobs are won through networking, so much of your job-search time should be concentrated on spreading the word about your credentials, in addition to applying for open positions found through publicly available listings (a target company's Web site, online job boards, Craigslist, etc.).
Here are some of their tips on networking basics.
Psychologists have noticed an increase in drinking, smoking and other vices.
But some people appear to be taking the economy out on themselves by drinking too much, smoking or stuffing the old pie hole with fattening foods -- all of which, we might point out, cost money.
Kiri Blakeley wrote at Forbes.com:
Debbie Mandel, a stress management expert and author of "Addicted to Stress," says that in times of uncertainty people turn to bad habits to either numb their pain or experience an adrenaline rush. "They seek to replace the low with a high," she says. Apparently so -- Mandel reports seeing an increase in her clients' marijuana use.
Some merchants offer free shipping on other days, too.
We’ve observed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the special shopping days aren’t over yet. Are you ready for Free Shipping Day?
Free Shipping Day, which will be celebrated Dec. 17 this year, is a one-day shopping event in which participating merchants offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24. Last year, the first year for the promotion, 250 retailers participated. More than 490 have signed up so far for this year’s event.
Are tweeting and facebooking at work a distraction or a productivity boost?
Rainy-Day Saver tackled a good issue: Are people wasting too much work time on social media, or are they so adept at multitasking that tweeting and texting don’t detract from their performance -- or are they even a plus?
- Video: How Twitter works
Call us old or old-fashioned, but we think multitasking is highly over-rated. But research on this issue has produced seemingly contradictory results.
She located lots of freebies, including pancake mix, coffee, and special food for the dog.
This post comes from freelance writer and editor Bev O'Shea.
Can you really fill a stocking without spending a nickel? Should you? Or, are "free" gifts worth what you pay for them?
We'll know Christmas morning. We think the teen fashionista will like having a ring sizer (Blue Nile -- and it was here three days after I signed up), and hope her younger brother will appreciate his luggage tags (which feature a picture taken this fall -- thanks, KLM -- and arrived in three weeks).
Provocative clothing and too many tattoos and piercings (and bad breath) can sink your chances.
This article is part of Bargaineering Career Week 2009, a weeklong series focused on your career -- how to find a job, how to tailor your resume, how to find job opportunities, and how to nail the interview.
First impressions count. No matter what people say or want to believe, people will judge you based on the way you look, what you’re wearing, and how you present yourself. That’s why it’s critically important to dress properly for a job interview.
- Bing: The real jobless rate
If you're mad at your bank, but hate the hassle of switching, read (and watch) this story. It's easier than you think.
When the relationship started, you were happy enough. But over the years, everything’s soured. Exchanges that used to be pleasant now turn into battles. You wish you could just walk away. But the trauma of moving on is too much to take. So you grit your teeth and try to endure just one more day.
It’s not your spouse I’m talking about: It’s your bank.
Just say no to companies that are jacking up rates and raising fees.
Suze Orman has a message for credit card companies that are jacking up interest rates, raising fees and otherwise treating their customers badly: Bye-bye.
We don’t need you. We’re going to pay cash.
On her Saturday night show on CNBC, she asked viewers to join her in a Back to Cash movement. “Let’s go back to the good old days,’’ she said. “Let’s go back to the times when you literally paid cash for everything. That’s right. Cash. Stop using your credit cards altogether.”
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
ABOUT SMART SPENDING
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Occupy Wall Street bought and forgave the student loan debt of more than 2,700 Everest College students.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
BLOGS WE LIKE
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'