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Your Next Job Is One Conversation Away: Dawn Graham (Transcript)

Dawn Graham at TEDxJHUDC

Full text of career expert Dawn Graham’s talk: Your Next Job Is One Conversation Away at TEDxJHUDC conference. Dr. Graham is a career switch coach, LinkedIn Learning Instructor and Host of the popular call-in show “Dr. Dawn on Careers” on SiriusXM Radio.

In this talk, she shares a simple, 3-step actionable strategy for essentially “bullet proofing” one’s careers and building job security from within, despite the ever-changing market, growing hiring bias, and uncertainty of the economic future.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here:


Dawn Graham – Career Switch Coach

Imagine this: You wake up tomorrow, roll over, grab your smartphone and find a message in your inbox that says: “Effective immediately, you’re unemployed.”

Where would you begin your job search honestly? On a job board or with your contacts?

There is an article in the Harvard Business Review titled ‘Professional Networking Makes People Feel Dirty’. One of the observations mentioned was that individuals use excessive amounts of hand sanitizer after networking dinner.

The takeaway was: Despite the slew of evidence for its effectiveness, we feel unclean or more icky with networking, because we’ve convinced ourselves it’s a transactional one-sided – “I’m just using you for my own gain activity.” So we avoid it.

But what if there is a way to network in job search that didn’t feel icky?

I’m here today to share how, but first we have to let go of two incorrect assumptions.

The first incorrect assumption is that if we’re competent and qualified, we really shouldn’t need help finding a job. This is so wrong.

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