Article aggregate 9-17-13

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TOP OF THE FOLD

 

How To Prepare Yourself For A Background Check

http://www.careerealism.com/prepare-background-check/

** Two issues.  1) If you’ve been unemployed a while, odds are your credit score has declined – screening based on credit is becoming the new “Debtor’s Prison” and another way to discriminate against the unemployed without admitting doing it.  2) Criminal background checks can be messed up.  It happened to me – in 2006 I found someone else’s criminal record was under my social security number (and, yes, I got that fixed straightaway!).  See my old blog:

Watch Your Back(Ground)

http://the-blue-lobster.blogspot.com/2008/08/watch-your-background.html

 

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Forget Millenials, It’s All About the Baby Boomers

http://www.exaqueo.com/2013/09/forget-millenials-baby-boomers/

** “Seasoned” workers need to come up with a collective marketing plan.  If older workers have such benefits, why the bias against them?  And how can it be overcome?

Some employers see perks of hiring older workers

http://news.yahoo.com/employers-see-perks-hiring-older-workers-144536527–finance.html

Through: @ExertusJobs

** Not seeing this in the white-collar world.

Spock Had It Right: It’s About Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

http://www.tlnt.com/2013/09/17/mr-spock-had-it-right-its-about-infinite-diversity-in-infinite-combinations/

** So… where’s the commitment to diversity by hiring people over 40?

 

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NETWORKING

 

9 Tips For Becoming A Successful Networker

http://www.careerealism.com/9-tips-succeessful-networker/

** Excellent foundation.

Networking Rules for Job-seekers: the Good, the Bad and the Almost Perfect

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130916190035-15454-networking-rules-for-job-seekers-the-good-the-bad-and-the-almost-perfect?trk=tod-home-art-list-small_1

** While quantity does have advantages, quality of networking contacts is more important.

How To Follow Up After A Networking Event Revealed

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/3701/how-to-follow-up-after-a-networking-event-revealed?utm_source=candidateessentials&utm_medium=NL

** The first step – you have to follow up.  I try to get my follow up notes out within 24 hours, and personalize each one.

 

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RESUMES

 

3 Steps To A Killer Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/steps-killer-resume/

** Catch their attention.  Remember, you have seconds to do it.

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell Every Job Candidate

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130916121134-20017018-what-interviewers-wish-they-could-tell-every-job-candidate?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

** A LOT of comments.  Clearly a nerve has been touched.

Why Did You Choose This Career?

http://danarmishaw.com/2013/07/13/prepare-for-the-why-did-you-choose-this-career-job-interview-question/

** As the pull quote says, this is more than just a conversation starter.

The Secret To Acing A Job Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/job-interview-secret-acing/

** Breathing is good.  Breathing calmly is better.

How Interviewers Know When to Hire You in 90 Seconds [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Interviewers Know When to Hire You in 90 Seconds

Through: @UndercoverRec

** Concise, and excellent.  And it just reinforces what I said in my essay:

Done in Seven Seconds

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/done-in-seven-seconds/

Difficult Interview Question: Can You Explain the Gaps in Your Employment?

http://career.answers.com/career-management/difficult-interview-question-can-you-explain-the-gaps-in-your-employment

Through: @DebraWheatman (HT to @NewCareerGuru)

** You can ALWAYS explain things.  But can you explain things in a way people will accept.  This is similar to the difference between an excuse and an explanation.

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

4 Warning Signs that Your LinkedIn Posts Won’t Have an Impact

http://socialmediatoday.com/ryanpinkham/1746276/4-warning-signs-your-linkedin-posts-won-t-have-impact

** Don’t just fling things to the wind.  If you know specific people who would be interested, inform them directly.

 

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GENERAL

 

5 Things To Avoid During The Hiring Process

http://www.careerealism.com/hiring-process-avoid/

** Mostly focused IMHO on working with outside recruiters.

No Job Posted…Send Resume Anyway?

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130916225403-7668018-no-job-posted-send-resume-anyway?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

** IMHO no.  Network in.  Be known to key people.

Tales from the Recruitment Crypt

Tales from the Recruitment Crypt

Through: @UndercoverRec

** Funny.

 

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