338: How to an excellent networker + land the job - with Melissa Grabiner
February 27, 2024

Would you consider yourself an excellent networker? You know, someone who can walk into any room and spark a conversation with a stranger with ease and grace. Or maybe someone who knows the ins and outs of how to build relationships on LinkedIn naturally and seems to know everyone? Well, if you’re in the middle of a job search right now, you know that these skills are vital, especially given the competition is high for those top-paying roles.

My special guest today is talent acquisition strategist and recruiter, Melissa Grabiner and she’s simplifying how to be an excellent networker and land the job. She shares the secrets of how to stand out amongst the competition.

Here’s how.

My special guest today is Melissa Grabiner and she’s simplifying how to be an excellent networker + land the job.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

Job seekers, this one is a great conversation with lots of tangible tips and tricks, so grab a pen and paper to take notes.

I hope this helps spark a new idea in you this week and helps you #dothething!

Q: Are you ready to learn how to become an excellent networking and land the job of your dreams? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!


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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and experiment with networking differently this week in your job search? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and send me a DM over on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/thesimplifiers) for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Resource: Want to see someone who’s an EXCELLENT networker and Talent Acquisition Specialist for Southwest Airlines? Check out Manzel Chapman on LinkedIn

Resource: Find Melissa Grabiner on LinkedIn - click here

Resource: Melissa offers LinkedIn profile audits, resume reviews, and 1-1 mentorship - click here

Resource: Save hours of time and get more interviews by customizing your applications and auto-applying - Ramped

Resource: Your personal career development platform to enhance your resume, track your job search and land a job you love - Teal

Book: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia - Elizabeth Gilbert

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About Melissa Grabiner:

Melissa Grabiner - With nearly three decades of experience in Human Resources and recruiting, Melissa Grabiner is a sought-after strategist and expert in talent acquisition. At Christine Matthews Consulting (CMC, a One Digital Company), Melissa works with venture capital-backed Biotech and Pharmaceutical startups to build out their talent acquisition functions and make key senior-level hires.

Prior to CMC, Melissa spent 18 years in HR and recruiting at Baxter Healthcare, where she ran the talent acquisition function for the company’s largest business unit, which was later spun off and acquired by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. During her time at the company, Melissa and her team were responsible for recruiting nearly half of the company’s total global hires each year. She has won numerous individual and team awards for leading the highest-performing global HR team at Baxter and later Takeda.

With over 273,000 LinkedIn followers, Melissa has become a well-known champion for Job Seekers across the globe. She is recognized by LinkedIn’s Influencer program as a “Top Voice” for both Recruiting and Job Search Strategies. Melissa earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified Yoga Instructor.

Where Melissa hangs out online:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-grabiner/

Website: https://topmate.io/melissa_grabiner

Melissa’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Linda Le - She is a recruiter at Lockheed Martin where she helps people find jobs that align with their career goals. Her intention is to create a positive candidate experience for each person, so they know that someone is on their side. She believes in treating her candidates as individuals and never as a transaction.