Danielle Herzberg in Forbes

How to Build a Network From Scratch

Exactly one year ago, I moved to San Francisco completely on my own. For years I had romanticized what it would be like to live in San Francisco–my manifest destiny.
I had the vision perfectly crystallized in my head: I would eat fresh kale salad every day. I would spend my weekends hiking mountains overlooking the ocean. I would embrace the spirit of community that I felt every time I had travelled West in the past. And finally, finally, I would be in the very heart of the action in the Silicon Valley tech community.
There was only one major obstacle: I knew no one.

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Chris Fralic in First Round blog

How to Become Insanely Well-Connected

Fall 1996. A young Chris Fralic is selling software for Oracle. He’s not sure what he wants to do next, but he’s always been curious about venture capital. And then some unusual magic happens — a friend offers to introduce him to Kevin Compton, a vaunted name in VC. To his surprise, they talk on the phone for over an hour, and Fralic not only walks away with a comprehensive download on the industry but a thesis on networking he’s adhered to ever since: The best way to be highly influential is to be human to everyone you meet.
Fast forward to today, Fralic is a successful VC himself, responsible for First Round’s investments in Warby Parker, Roblox, HotelTonight and Adaptly among others. When asked what’s made his career possible, he’ll tell you outright it’s the relationships — built deliberately over many years. This might sound like a common response, but among his peers, he’s acknowledged to be a world-class super-connector with rarefied expertise. Known for helping launch the famed TEDTalks (this is his 24th year attending TED), and a landmark Forbes piece on nailing email introductions, Fralic still responds thoughtfully to over 10,000 emails every year.

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Josh Spector in For The Interested Newsletter

How to Get Any Career Opportunity You Want in the Next Six Months

Your big break won’t come until those who can give to you know you exist.
Some people think telling everyone how great they are or bombarding strangers with LinkedIn connection requests is the path to the career of their dreams, but they’re wrong.
While I believe your work is the key to your personal brand, often your work doesn’t get noticed by people outside your own company — which tends to be where the career opportunities you want are to be found.

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Kelli Smith in Skillcrush

5 Creative Tech Careers You’ll Love

When I told my family and friends that I wanted to learn how to code, I heard a lot of this: “But why would you want to get into technology? You’re so creative!” They meant well, but it turns out that there are plenty of jobs for creative types in the tech industry

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Josh Spector in For The Interested Newsletter

How To Grow Your Network When You Hate Networking

I have zero interest in what most people think of as networking.
So I was caught off guard recently when a colleague said to me, “You’re so good at networking — how do you do it?”

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Steli Efti on Close Blog

Sales email subject lines

When sending sales emails, make sure your subject line isn’t foiling your efforts. Though the subject line is sometimes overlooked when sending cold emails, we think it’s arguably the most important part, as it can determine whether or not your email will be opened at all.

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Kit Warchol in Skillcrush

How to Start a New Career in Web Design

If you’re considering starting a new career in tech, there’s a huge list of niches and job roles to consider and even more paths to getting there. But one of the first choices you’ll likely make is pretty straightforward: design or development?

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Sujan Patel on Milkshake Blog

How to Write a Follow-up Email After No Response

If the thought of writing a follow-up email makes you feel a little uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Our instincts tell us that if someone hasn’t replied to our first email, they’re not interested and that they’re not going to like it if we bother them again
A study from Iko System saw an 18% response rate to the first email they sent, and 13% to the fourth. The sixth email in the sequence received a massive 27% response rate.

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Blake Robbins on his personal blog

The Best Email Workflow

For years, I struggled with efficiently and effectively tackling my e-mail inbox. As I entered the “real” world, I knew that I couldn’t have hundreds of e-mails sitting unread for weeks at a time.

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Michael Thompson in Ladders

The 7 emails you should send every week to get ahead in your career

Most people see email as a strictly transactional tool, using it only when they need something or owe someone something. That’s exactly why you should use it to stand out.
Taking a moment to send these seven emails every week can help you strengthen your connections, stay top of mind as opportunities come up, and learn about industry trends.

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Darius Foroux on his personal blog

How To Create A Career

One of the most important career lessons I’ve learned is to pursue a career and not a job. At first glance, you might think, “What’s the difference?” I also didn’t get it for years.
That’s how I finally ended up in an IT job that I wasn’t passionate about.

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Craig Rettew in Medium

Unf:)ck Your Digital File System

I was on a 30 hour flight from Florida to Viet Nam and I had exhausted all the movie options in the first third of the trip. With 20 hours left to go, I needed something to occupy my mind, something that I normally wouldn’t put as high priority. I started thinking about organization. Not tidying up my workspace or redoing a closet at home, but organizing my digital file system

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Blake Robbins on his personal blog

Cold Tweets are the new cold Email

The beauty of a cold tweet is that it sets up the perfect opportunity to do a lukewarm email. So, what exactly is “cold-tweeting” and “lukewarm email?”

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Josh Spector in Medium

Only Do It If You’re Willing To Do It 100 Times

The most successful things I’ve done have one thing in common: I’ve done them at least 100 times.
I came to this realization while publishing the 118th edition of my For The Interested newsletter and it led me to consider a simple question:
What if we only worked on projects we’re willing to commit to doing 100 times?

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Rishad Tobaccowala in 'The Future Does Not Fit in the Containers of the Past' Newsletter

12 Career Lessons

In April of 2015, I wrote 10 Career Lessons. While the original piece remains as relevant today, I have updated it by bringing it more up to date and adding a couple of new lessons

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Josh Spector in For The Interested Newsletter

What To Do When Your Career Doesn’t Match Your Interests

Seven concepts to help you find a new path. I’m sharing what I suggested to my friend who is not sure how to find direction and move forward in his career. I’m hoping it can help you if you find yourself similarly lost or confused

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Syk Houdeib in Medium

How I got my first developer job at age 40

I’m sitting in a café in the heart of Madrid, having a cup of coffee, tapping away at my laptop while it rains outside. In a few moments I will walk into my first day as a front-end developer. 10 months ago I was an English teacher in Granada who knew nothing about programming, and now I’m here. How did this happen

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Shane Parrish in fsblog

Mental Models for Career Changes

Career changes are some of the biggest moves we will ever make, but they don’t have to be daunting. Using mental models to make decisions we determine where we want to go and how to get there. The result is a change that aligns with the person we are, as well as the person we want to be.

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Lou Adler in LinkedIn Pulse

12 Ways to Get a Job Interview and One Way Not To

Job Hunting Tip #1: don’t apply directly to any job posting. The only exception to this rule is if you’re a perfect fit based on the skills, experiences and titles listed on the job description. If you’re not perfect, you shouldn’t spend more than 20% of your time applying to jobs. However, if you think you can do the job, even if you’re not a perfect match on the requirements listed, there are many things you can do to get an interview

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