Find a Job Through Social Networking

Whether you are networking on LinkedIn, Facebook, Viadeo, or other sites, the written and unwritten rules of behavior are much the same. These tips will help you get the most from your social networking activities and keep you in the good graces of other members.

From the Book Written by:

Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter


  • Create a complete profile on each site. Make yourself appealing online. Make sure that your professional image on these business networking sites isn’t tarnished by radically different portrayals of your personality on some of the personal networking sites. Consistency in your profile, site to site, is also important, so ensure the same level of detail and quality regardless of the site it’s on. If you can’t keep your profile up-to-date on multiple sites, it’s better to stick with just one site (or just one personal and one professional).
  • Grow your network. Whether you subscribe to the “bigger is better” theory or are more comfortable with the “close and personal” strategies for growing your network, you need a reasonable number of connections to make good things happen. How you define reasonable depends on your field and your needs, but for many people, a reasonable size of an online network might be at least 50 to 150 people.
  • Facilitate introductions. As part of a large online network, you should help other people connect. You can recommend them if you know them and are comfortable doing so. Or just say “for your consideration” if you don’t know them well. The old theory about “my reputation is on the line” when making introductions is, in our opinion, just that—old! Networking introductions are much more fluid online.
  • Remember your manners. Treat people virtually as you would in face-to-face gatherings—kindly and with respect. Don’t wear out your welcome or bombard them with repeated requests for introductions to others. They are likely to drop you from their networks.


  • Be selfish. Remember that networking is a two-way street. You need to give as well as you get, help other people, and not just be looking selfishly at how you can benefit from the interaction
  • Have unrealistic expectations. Don’t expect something good from every connection. Just as in live networking settings, not every contact is a helpful contact. But even if you don’t see yourself doing business with someone, you never know whom that person might know or how you might provide assistance to him or her or one of that person’s contacts in the future
  • Try to accomplish too much too fast. Build rapport first. Just as you wouldn’t walk up to someone at an initial meeting and immediately ask for favors, introductions, jobs, or business deals, you shouldn’t do that online, either. Wait until the person knows you and has some investment in helping you connect, likely in a second or third conversation or exchange
  • Spend all your time online and ignore offline networking strategies. Both are important, and the need to meet people face-to-face or by phone.

Excerpt from Find a Job Through Social Networking: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and More to Advance Your Career (© JIST Publishing) by Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter.


A Twice-Published Author Among Us!!!

My Mother (Ellen Sautter) and her co-author Diane Crompton are speaking at the Career Directors International Convention in San Diego TODAY- on the topic of her latest book “Finding a Job Through Social Media.”

CONGRATULATIONS, ELLEN and Diane: I am SOOO proud of you both and your book!!!!

By the way, Marian Salpeter has already reviewed and praised your book in her column yesterday on The Examiner:

In today’s world of work, social media savvy is a must—no matter your age, employment status, education level, occupation or industry. Career management consultants Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter deliver the guidance needed to achieve this essential know-how in their recently released book Find a Job Through Social Networking, Second Edition.

Throughout this guide, Crompton and Sautter reveal how to avoid the pitfalls associated with social networking and discuss how to create and implement a plan for getting the most from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other popular sites and online tools. Specifically, they offer actionable advice for:

  • Sharing your expertise and learning from others in your field.
  • Building your credibility through online publishing and speaking.
  • Connecting with industry insiders across the country and the world.
  • Optimizing social network searches to research potential employers or clients.
  • Infusing your personal brand into all your online efforts.
  • Presenting your accomplishments in professional profiles.
  • And much more.

To read the rest of her article, click here:

New book explains power of social networking for career and job search success

Ellen Sautter has provided career transition support to tens of thousands of clients of all backgrounds including professionals and executives. She is a Senior Career Management Consultant with Right Management and has nearly 20 years experience as a career coach in the career-transition industry.

Diane Crompton brings more than 15 years experience in career-transition services, recruiting, education, and consulting. She has coached professionals at all levels from a wide range of functional and industry backgrounds and with varying career objectives, including self-employment.

Now….can I have an autographed copy, please?

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Active vs. Passive Voice : Great advice from the Grammar Girl!!

In many of my adult years, I’ve longed to find a soapbox and a speakers’ corner where I could make impassioned speeches about APPROPRIATELY using Active or Passive Voice!  My passion for language and grammar, in matters such as this “A vs P voice”  may sound dull/unimportant/weird to some, but this and other lessons are critically important to anyone desirous of improving their English!!

Former students of mine from Sulzer Turbo AG in Zurich will remember my particular passion for this subject in the  Pre-Int Courses (Murphys Blue Book) : Hans Baumgartner, Daniela Ferrari,  Hansueli Bruderer, Helen Ronner, Heinz Zehnder, to name but a few – you and so many of your colleagues were wonderful and patient students in this subject!!

So I was thrilled to find Grammar Girl’s explanation on this subject – it’s precise and tightly explained in the matter of Active vs. Passive Voice and I would like to share it with the rest of the students, US, Europe, Far East and beyond!

Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

Episode 232: July 22, 2010

by Mignon Fogarty

Today’s topic is active voice versus passive voice.

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Here’s a question from Brian in Iowa. He writes, “It drives me crazy when people write in passive voice. How can I teach people how to tell the difference between passive and active voice and to stay away from passive voice?”

Well, Brian is right, the first step is to help people understand the difference between active and passive voice, because many people believe they should avoid the passive voice, but fewer people can define it or recognize it.

What Is Active Voice?

I’ll start with active voice because it’s simpler. In an active sentence, the subject is doing the action. A straightforward example is the sentence “Steve loves Amy.” Steve is the subject, and he is doing the action: he loves Amy, the object of the sentence.

Another example is the title of the Marvin Gaye song “I Heard It through the Grapevine.” “I” is the subject, the one who is doing the action. “I” is hearing “it,” the object of the sentence.

What Is Passive Voice?

In passive voice, the target of the action gets promoted to the subject position. Instead of saying, “Steve loves Amy,” I would say, “Amy is loved by Steve.” The subject of the sentence becomes Amy, but she isn’t doing anything. Rather, she is just the recipient of Steve’s love. The focus of the sentence has changed from Steve to Amy.

If you wanted to make the title of the Marvin Gaye song passive, you would say “It was heard by me through the grapevine,” not such a catchy title anymore.

Is “To Be” a Sign of a Passive Sentence?

A lot of people think all sentences that contain a form of the verb “to be” are in passive voice, but that isn’t true. For example, the sentence “I am holding a pen” is in active voice, but it uses the verb “am,” which is a form of “to be.” The passive form of that sentence is “The pen is being held by me.”

Notice that the subject, the pen, isn’t doing anything in that sentence. It’s not taking an action; it’s passive. One clue that your sentence is passive is that the subject isn’t taking a direct action.

Is Passive Voice Always Wrong?

Passive voice isn’t wrong, but it’s often a poor way to present your thoughts.

Another important point is that passive sentences aren’t incorrect; it’s just that they often aren’t the best way to phrase your thoughts. Sometimes passive voice is awkward and other times it’s vague. Also, passive voice is usually wordy, so you can tighten your writing if you replace passive sentences with active sentence.

When you put sentences in passive voice, it’s easy to leave out the person or thing doing the action. For example, “Amy is loved,” is passive. The problem with that sentence is that you don’t know who loves Amy.

Politicians often use passive voice to intentionally obscure the idea of who is taking the action. Ronald Reagan famously said, “Mistakes were made,” when referring to the Iran-Contra scandal. Other examples of passive voice for political reasons could include “Bombs were dropped,” and “Shots were fired.” Pay attention to the news and listen for examples of passive voice.

Also, a reader named Matthew commented that businesses sometimes use passive voice. He notes that it sounds better to write, “Your electricity will be shut off,” than “We, the electric company, will be shutting off your power.”

Is Passive Voice Hard to Understand?

A recent study suggests that less educated people–those who dropped out of school when they were 16–have a harder time understanding sentences written in the passive voice than those written in active voice. I only had access to the press release, not the original study, but the results made it seem as if you should stick with active voice if you’re writing for the general population.

Is Passive Voice OK in Crime Reports?

On the other hand, sometimes passive voice does have advantages. For example, if you truly don’t know who is taking the action, then you can’t name the person. This is especially common with crime reports. For example, a security guard might write “The store was robbed,” because nobody knows who the robber was.

Can Passive Voice Work in Fiction Writing?

Passive voice is also sometimes useful in fiction writing. For example, if you were writing a mystery novel and you wanted to highlight missing cookies because they are central to the story, passive voice is the best option. It would make more sense to write, “The cookies were stolen,” instead of “Somebody stole the cookies.”

The difference is subtle, but in the passive sentence “The cookies were stolen,” the focus is on the cookies. In “Somebody stole the cookies,” the focus would be on the unknown somebody.

Passive voice can be helpful if you want to create a sense of mystery in your sentence, which is also a reason that it’s not usually a good choice when you’re writing nonfiction and you want your writing to be clear.

Why Is Passive Voice Recommended for Science Writing?


An exception is that scientists are often encouraged to write in passive voice to lend their writing a sense of objectivity–to take themselves and their actions and opinions out of the experimental results. I used to be a scientist and I always found that odd. It felt as if we were trying to hide that real people did the experiments.

Some scientific style guides do allow for a limited use of active voice (1). For example, it may be OK to write, “We sequenced the DNA,” instead of “The DNA was sequenced,” but it’s still considered bad for scientists to insert themselves into conclusions. For example, it would be bad scientific form to write “We believe the mutation causes cancer.” But you still don’t need passive voice to achieve your goals. For example, the active sentence “We believe the mutation causes cancer,” could be changed to “The data suggests that the mutation causes cancer.” That’s still active, but it eliminates the sense of subjectivity.

Did Strunk & White Get Passive Voice Wrong?

Finally, I have to include a note about Strunk & White’s treatment of passive voice. In their classic book, The Elements of Style, three of their four examples of passive voice aren’t actually passive voice sentences. I’ve included two links below that explain the problems, but if you rely on The Elements of Style, as so many people do, be aware that this is a problem with that book.

50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
English Passive Voice (Wikipedia)

Web Bonus: Watson & Crick

Watson and Crick’s famous paper about the discovery of the structure of DNA, written in 1953, contains both active and passive sentences;

We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.). (active)

We have made the usual chemical assumptions, namely, that each chain consists of phosphate diester groups joining beta-D-deoxyribofuranose residues with 3′,5′ linkages. (active)

If it is assumed that the bases only occur in the structure in the most plausible tautomeric forms (that is, with the keto rather than the enol configurations) it is found that only specific pairs of bases can bond together. (passive)

It has been found experimentally that the ratio of the amounts of adenine to thymine, and the ratio of guanine to cytosine, are always very close to unity for deoxyribose nucleic acid. (passive)


1. “Writing in the Sciences,” The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed July 23, 2010)

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A Director’s Eloquent Passion for Action Films

“I love and have always loved and will always love action. Great action to me is better than food, better than sex, better than anything. I remember vividly every single moment of great action I have ever seen in the theater, when I saw it, and the elation I felt when I saw it. Action makes my heart pound just thinking about it. I’m in love with the heroic ideal which is probably kind of corny in an age of advancing cynicism but I can’t help it. For a man on film, there is no greater moment than the instant when he suddenly gives up everything he knows or thought he ever wanted and starts whipping ass for love or principle.”- Kurt Wimmer, Director of Equilibrium (2002)

Turning Crisis Communications into Cracking Comedy on Day 80 of the Gulf Oil Spill

In the words of super commedien, Mel Brooks: “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”

Today was Day 80 of the ongoing oil spill catastrophe and in light of the profound mismanagement surrounding the Gulf, it is ripe…it’s due…it’s high time for some pointed parody on the subject.  In other words, it’s pumped past the tragedy and become the open sewer that we have to laugh at in order to maintain perspective.

But I have a strong preference for intelligent parody…not one-liners, or even one-two-punch liners. I prefer well-constructed, tight and textured satire and coincidentally I received an email from the Flight of the Conchords today with the following recommendation:

Here’s a video for the people who still sign into myspace (mainly just bands plugging their bands to other bands). It’s one of our favourite comedians: John Clarke and his Aussie mate.

Enter the veteran satire and comedy team of New Zealander John Clarke and Aussie Bryan Dawe.  Starting in 1989, Clark and Dawe introduced weekly mock interviews to Australian television. Clarke would take on the persona of a politician or prominent figure, though never attempting to imitate the voice of the subject as in traditional mimicry, and be interviewed by Dawe. Incidentally one mock interview concerning an off-shore oil spill in 1991, with Clarke portraying Minister for Shipping Bob Collins, is noted for Clarke’s repeated references to the ship whose “front fell off.”  (Wikipedia)

FOC sent out the recommendation today to the team’s latest video, where Clarke and Dawe give a thorough explanation of BP Gulf crisis management.  It’s great! It’s hilarious! So, with appreciative thanks to Flight of the Conchords, here’s the link (and video) for you to enjoy:

Clark and Dawe on the US Gulf Oil Spill

More information is available on the Mr. John Clarke website here…or, you could just Google them.

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A Personal Letter From Steve Martin

From Letters of Note (thanks, Shaun Usher!): “Until very recently I’d heard numerous tales of Steve Martin‘s humorous responses to fan mail, but frustratingly had never seen such a letter; thankfully that situation was remedied the other week when I chanced upon the following note, apparently sent by Martin in the early-80s, post-Jerk (ahem), when he was at the top of his game. Written on his production company‘s letterhead to a fan named Jerry, this personalised form letter – in particular the post-script – is further confirmation that almost everything Steve Martin produced during that era was incredibly funny.

Transcript follows. Discovered via Letters of Note at Chattering Teeth.


The Aspen Companies
Aspen Film Society
Aspen Recording Society
Aspen Merchandising
Aspen Artist Management


DEAR Jerry ,




(Signed, ‘Steve Martin’)



A Personal Letter From Steve Martin.”

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Cracked has emitted a gem idea in presenting retro-popcultural/cinematic analysis – in UFC FIGHTING FORM!!!

This is so inspiring!!!!!!  I think Cracked may have inadvertently inspired a new trend in pop-culture puzzles, the one to finally overtake the “6 FILMS to KEVIN  BACON” bar brain teaser!! Two different films, presented head-to-head (in the UFC cinematic style below), fighting to prove a hilarious series of cinematic similitude between them!!

So I challenge YOU, dear readers, to send me your best candidates and I’ll match them with their cinematic doppelganger!!


Dr. House Uses It for Aching Muscles. So should you.

This is an especially funny advertisement for all us House (H.L.) fans!!

He uses it for aching muscles. So should you.

Robot Chicken: Lego Babel

What are some of the darkest comedy takes on iconic childrens playtoys? Robot Chicken has done many such re-takes to great hilarity for established pieces: GI Joe, Super Friends in a Reality Show, Batman, She-Ra and He-Man, and many more. Now the Legos have been given a new dark humor side with a special edition set for the movie Babel!

Disclaimer: if you loved the after-scenes from the hilarious Waiting for Guffman (Corky St. Clair: Here’s the Remains of the Day lunchbox. Kids don’t like eating at school, but if they have a Remains of the Day lunchbox they’re a lot happier. ).
If you found THAT funny, you’ll LOVE this LEGO takeoff!

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