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I was recently quoted in an article on by Mildred Culp, titled: Maverick Moves for Job Hunters. 

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Not every maverick move has to be major. Think of tweaking your process. Leto Papadopoulos, director of training and development at King & Bishop Inc., an HR and contract recruiting firm in Waltham, Mass., lists a number of possibilities, including how to network and get really good leads.”

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Workwise: Maverick Moves for Job Hunters.

Many times I talk to my career coaching clients about what work they have really done during their career. 20 years of experience doesn’t matter if you have done the same thing every year. 5 years of experience can mean so much more if you continue to learn and stay relevant in your field.

You want to be considered a source of knowledge, or even an expert in your field in order to gain the trust of clients and potential referral sources. This means following relevant news sources and publications, attending professional development events and seminars, networking, reading, and anything else that will help you learn, so that you’re able to show clients that you are up-to-date in your field.

Recently, I had a couple conversations with an IT professional about purchases and news that were related to that field. I was surprised to hear that in both instances, this person was not aware of what I was talking about. This immediately made me hesitant to refer business to this person. I bring up this example so you can ask yourself if you would ever find yourself in that situation. How up-to-date are you in your field? Do you continue to find ways to learn and stay relevant?

I do this really embarrassing thing where I don’t post regularly to my blog. Figured I would blog about it. If you have a blog (or you’re thinking about starting one), you need to add new posts at least once a week in order to be effective!

Are you trying to keep your name in front of your online network, but you don’t want to start a blog? Take advantage of your social media profiles and do a status update, at least once a week! An easy way to do this is to share an article of interest, or let your network know what you’re up to in the professional world. One example is telling them about a recent seminar you attended, or any type of event. This is especially important for job seekers or someone trying to grow their business.

A lot of us are scared of bombarding our network with too many posts, but once a week is unobtrusive, yet helps keep you in front of important people. How often do you write new posts?