Dawn Graham gave a TEDx Talk titled Your Next Job Is One Conversation Away.

“40% of hires come from the referral pool, which is 7% of applications.”

“As an introvert, mu mastery of people-avoidance is ninja level… The cost of avoiding these precious moments of social engagement is months of frustration behind a computer, when the missing link may be right next door.”

Dawn Graham is the author of  Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers — and Seize Success.


Dawn Graham also posted an article on LinkedIn titled Why It’s Easier To Get A New Job When You Have A Job (And What To Do If You Don’t).

«  The hiring process is about elimination, not selection. »

« Research shows that employers discriminate against jobless candidates and tend to rate employed applicants higher on hireability. Also, the longer a person is unemployed, the lower the chances of getting an interview. »

« Maintain your brand.  »

« Don’t spend 100% on your job search. This may seem counterintuitive at first. While it may be tempting to focus all your spare time looking for a job, this will lead to burnout and there are other activities that can contribute to this goal, while also building your marketable skills and network. Earning a relevant certification, volunteering at a community non-profit or working part-time on a side hustle can all be beneficial to your job search, marketability and mental health. In addition to providing you with some structure, which can be invaluable, you will build your connections and gain valuable skills. Employers will want to know that you’ve spent an employment gap being intentional. There is a different vibe that comes across when you speak about this time in a manner that has purpose and focus. So, whether you’ve spent this time homeschooling your children, caring for an ill family member, or taking on a leadership role in an industry association, these activities will boost both your mood and your candidacy.»

« attitude and likability play a large role in getting hired and being successful, you’ll understand why bringing negativity into the job search process will most certainly delay the outcome. Although you may feel the need to rush into a job search, taking space to process what happened, reflect on your goals and regroup will likely propel your job search rather than set it back. »

« Practice your story… This doesn’t mean fabricating untruths, but rather organizing your history in a manner that shows how your relevant abilities solve problems in the current market and leaving out the parts that no longer make sense in the current economy. »


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