Give as much as you get when it comes to your professional network

SHOW DATE: June 6, 2012

If you’re only in touch with your professional contacts when you want something
from them, they are onto you. You have become a personal favor vampire. When
your number comes up on their caller ID, they’re rollin’ their eyes going, “What
does he/ she want now?!” So, how do you keep in touch with your professional
contacts? Do something for them. You want them to introduce you to people? Why
not introduce them to some people. Pay it forward. Because you can only get out of

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Photos on LinkedIn? YES.

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SHOW DATE: May 30, 2012

It’s not about how good-looking you are (okay, maybe a little bit), it’s how well your photo is shot. So—YES—do a photo. But avoid snap-shots, pictures with baseball caps, or even professional photos with that that super slick, super produced look—you know—with white background and every hair in place. Those over-produced shots are just plain Gordon Gekko creepy. DO use a photo that is a clean shot with a neutral background. Don’t be the guy you avoid in the bar. (Or the steam room—yeah, you know what we’re talking about.) Go with the happy medium. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan debate this below:

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Don’t start cover letters with “Dear Sirs” or “Gentlemen”

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SHOW DATE: May 16, 2012

Get your facts straight! When you are gender specific and you don’t know the gender of the person you are writing to—you are saying that you are a person who doesn’t pay attention to details. And that makes you look like an IDIOT. Because the person hiring you might be a woman (Imagine that!). So, avoid gender-specific terms and stick with the oldie-but-goodie standby “To Whom it May Concern.” Sure, being “PC” all the time can get annoying—but it’s not “PC” to get a fact right. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan talk more about this below:

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Interviewers make snap judgments

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SHOW DATE: May 16, 2012

Interviewers make up their minds whether to hire you within the first 90 seconds of the interview. So before you step out of the house, make sure you’re not wearing a navy blue blazer with black pants. And don’t forget a belt! How you present yourself matters. Presence matters. A good strong handshake matters.  Don’t do the limp fish handshake, but don’t be a bone crusher either or—even worse—the “just fingers” handshake guy. Walk into the room in appropriate attire. Make eye contact with confidence and smile, and that’s what your interviewer will remember. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan go into more detail below:

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To survive a background check, do one on yourself first

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SHOW DATE: September 12, 2012

If you are nervous about what people might uncover, do one on yourself first. It’ll make you rest easier. It’s cheap—they cost between 15-20 bucks. Do it. You’ll feel so much better. And if you don’t like what you find, it’ll give you time to create a new identity. Kidding. No, but really. Listen to Auntie Evan and Uncle David discuss this below:

You’re killing your chances of getting a job if you DON’T write a cover letter

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SHOW DATE: August 15, 2012

Your resume will go in the trash. Not just because you decided not to take the opportunity or time to write the letter they asked for, but because you didn’t follow instructions. If they ask for a cover letter, write it. Period. The end. And make it specific. Don’t send a boilerplate letter—a standard letter repurposed—that’s like getting an unsigned Hallmark card for Valentine’s Day. Link your skills directly to the job for which you applying, use language drawn from the job advertisement. This shows that you’re serious, talented and you pay attention to detail. Listen to Auntie Evan and Uncle David talk it over below:

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It’s okay to coach your recommenders

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SHOW DATE: August 1, 2012

Help them help you. Nothing is worse than having to write a recommendation—ask anyone that’s ever had to write one. Or better, ask anyone who’s about to write one. They just want to put it off and put it off because it’s work.  The say “yes” because they really want to be there for you. And then they want to put a gun to their heads. Help them not do this by giving them a list of talking points with dates and examples that will make it really simple for them. If you really want to be smart about it, write the rec, email it to them and tell them to do with it what they want. Nine times out of 10, they won’t change a word. You have helped them, help you. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan battle it out below: