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Welcome to a special Career Strategy channel podcast on Total Picture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting. We're delighted to have back with us today a frequent contributor and nationally-recognized expert who designs and personally implements swift, strategic, and customized senior level executive job search campaigns Debra Feldman. Debra is the The JobWhiz executive talent agent.

Traditionally, the holiday season is the most active networking time of year with lots of social gatherings, printed greetings and gift exchanges. The explosion of social media has dramatically impacted how we network year-round. Take the opportunity now to expand your connections using the variety of social networking platforms which enable you to keep up with your existing contacts and establish new relationships on a continuous basis.

Questions for Debra

  • Debra, most people shut down their job search over the holidays, however you suggest this is the best time of the year to network, how so?
  • How does the "hidden job market" work?
  • Offline, what are the best places to network?
  • Online, what sites produce the best results for job seekers in your opinion?
  • You believe the holidays present a great excuse to reconnect with people you've not seen or spoken to in a long time. How do you recommend they do this? Email? Card? Linkedin? Facebook?
  • Quoting from your blog post on Holiday networking "Networking anytime should be relationship-driven for mutual benefit, not transaction-oriented."
  • How can you encourage people to refer you without seeming pushy?
  • What other advice can you share to help keep your spirits up during the holidays if you're out of work?

Debra Feldman is the JobWhiz™, a nationally-recognized expert who designs and personally implements swift, strategic, and customized senior level executive job search campaigns, banishing barriers that prevent immediate success. Her gift for cold calling, executed with high energy and savvy panache, connects candidates directly to decision makers, not HR. Network Purposefully™ with the JobWhiz, and compress your job search into mere weeks, using groundbreaking techniques profiled in Forbes magazine. In addition to her private practice, writing featured columns and conducting exclusive workshops, Debra is a recommended resource to alumni of top-tier business schools.

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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