Exploiting—But Not Manipulating—Your Alumni Network

Harvard’s alumni network is legendary. I have colleagues over 50 who’ve never looked for a job outside their Harvard network. But how many of us managed to attend or graduate from Harvard? Not that many, I suspect. On the other hand, many of us have worked for great companies—or at least worked with great people. …

Making Contact

I just spoke with someone who’s looking for a project/product management job in the Boston area (my area). He hasn’t been attending local dinner meetings of the PMI or the PDMA or any other professional society, so I suggested he start. Making contact with people, networking, is the single most important a hiring manager or …

Networking for Candidates at Conferences

Too often, people think of conferences as boondoggles. As a frequent conference speaker, I can tell you that it’s possible you’d encounter a marketing presentation devoid of technical content at a conference–once. I doubt that speaker would be allowed to return. As a result, conferences are a great place to start learning about new things, …