Article aggregate March 24, 2014

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TOP OF THE FOLD

 

The Top Ten Signs You Might Be a Taker

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140320115939-69244073-the-top-ten-signs-you-might-be-a-taker

** Networking is as much about helping others as it is about helping yourself. Share a job lead. Post an article. Reach out to someone. Smile. Make an effort to help one more person in a day than you already do.

7 Reasons You Didn’t Land The Job

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/1640/7-reasons-you-didnt-land-the-job

** I agree with these points, but all but the last point at the candidate. There needs to be an additional one: the hiring manager is so focused on the perfect fit that they’re ignoring people who are perfectly capable because they’re only a 90% fit.

How to get people to say ‘yes’ – the science of persuasion

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/how-to-get-people-to-say-yes-science-of.html

** Video. And very interesting!

Beware! A Majority of Job References Don’t Say Good Things

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/job-references_b_5009414.html

** The “care and feeding of references” is absolutely critical.

What is “The Perfect Fit”?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/perfect-fit-perspectives/

** MY ESSAY, MY THOUGHTS… on “The Undercover Recruiter”! Wow!

What to Change If You’re Getting Interviews But No Job Offers

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/03/24/what-to-change-if-youre-getting-interviews-but-no-job-offers

** I got a lot from going to an interview coach. There were definitely some things I was doing wrong.

 

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NETWORKING

 

Get a job at the company you want

http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-3426-Job-Search-Strategies-Get-a-job-at-the-company-you-want/

** And this is where networking can be incredibly powerful.

Get Ahead During Your Lunch Hour

http://www.risingpro.com/2014/03/19/get-ahead-during-your-lunch-hour/

** Working through lunch is fine in a crisis. But… it’s also necessary to give your brain a break. And it’s an excellent opportunity to develop your network by building relationships.

Why Isn’t Social Networking Getting Me a Job???

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2009/07/why-isnt-social-networking-getting-me.html

** Social networking can help you develop new contacts, but it’s when you get to know them in person, and vice versa, that networking magic happens.

 

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COVER LETTERS

 

Writing a cover letter – what to include and mistakes to avoid

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/02/19/writing-a-cover-letter-what-to-include-and-mistakes-to-avoid/

** Not sure I agree with their comment about the purpose of a cover letter. IMHO the purpose of a cover letter is to entice them to read, not skim, your resume.

 

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RESUMES

 

4 Reasons for Career Gaps and How to Handle Them on Your Resume

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/4-reasons-for-career-gaps-and-how-to-handle-them-on-your-resume.php

** A question: If you got let go (for whatever reason), I’m cynical: would an employer really buy “I was working on family issues”?

How to make a great video CV

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/how-to-make-video-cv

** This seems to be at odds with the idea of not even putting a picture on your information – to avoid the possibility of discrimination. Another article on videos:

Video: Making your application stand out from the crowd

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4259/video-making-your-application-stand-out-from-the-crowd

** I’m white, male, and a Conservative Jew; I wear a yarmulke. If you’re not comfortable with that, I don’t want to work for you anyway.

Career Changers: How to Write a Skills-Based Resume

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/career-changers-how-to-write-a-skills-based-resume.php

** The issue is simple – such resumes tend to be viewed with suspicion unless your so clearly changing that it makes sense to do it this way.

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

#1 Interview Question You Must Answer Correctly

http://www.careerealism.com/interview-question-answer-correctly/

** You have worth; you just need to communicate that.

Prepare for behavioral interviews

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2014/03/22/prepare-for-behavioral-interviews/

** Practice telling stories; get a list of common BI questions and have answers.

Hiring Managers Want to Know: “What Problem Can You Solve?”

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140322054848-52594-hiring-managers-want-to-know-what-problem-can-you-solve

** And there is the trick – knowing what the problems are.

How to answer weird interview questions

http://careers.theguardian.com/weird-interview-questions

** While there are certainly insights to glean from these, I suspect that part of the reason these are asked is to rattle candidates.

The Best Behavioural Questions To Help You Nail Your Next Interview

http://tools.careersingovernment.com/gov-talk/career-advice/interviewing/best-behavioural-questions-help-nail-next-interview/

** Just musing: I wonder what interviewers would think if candidates asked this kind of question back at them. E.g., “Tell me about a time a subordinate was right and you were wrong.”

What not to do in the interview

http://www.theworkbuzz.com/get-the-job/interviews/what-not-to-do-in-the-interview/

** Acted like a Star Trek character??

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Tweet your way to a job: using social media to develop your career

http://careers.theguardian.com/career-development-curiosity-social-media

** Ultimately, it show’s you have some level of “tech savvy”.

Should you hunt for a job using social media?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/should-you-hunt-for-a-job-using-social-media/

** Your approach needs to be multi-pronged, but don’t blog thinking that people will suddenly beat a path to your door. Use blogging, tweeting, etc., to build a consistent presence and show your expertise.

 

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GENERAL

 

Top Job Search Mistakes

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2013/03/20/top-job-search-mistakes/

** Just as there is no “perfect job” there is no “perfect candidate”. Related:

5 Job Search Tactics You Must Stop Immediately

http://www.themuse.com/advice/5-job-search-tactics-you-must-stop-immediately

** All good.

6 Ways to Differentiate Yourself and Build a Standout Career

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/03/21/6-ways-differentiate-build-standout-career/

** Note the very first point: this is critical. And not just relationships in the company you are at, but at companies where you’d like to work.

Tattoos and Your Job Prospects

https://www.myjobmatcher.com/blog/tattoos-and-your-jobs-prospects/

** Especially for younger job seekers.

Systemic Discrimination in Hiring – The Cultural Fit!

http://hr.toolbox.com/blogs/search-for-mutual-success/systemic-discrimination-in-hiring-the-cultural-fit-58676

** Fit is important. So is ability.

Manipulate Through Mind Reading. Advanced Interview Techniques

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4271/manipulate-through-mind-reading-advanced-interview-techniques

** I like the body-reading tips.

The Soft Skills All Employers Seek

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/03/19/the-soft-skills-all-employers-seek

** What can you do to show these?

 

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

3 Important Qualities for the Future of Applicant Tracking Systems

http://www.recruiter.com/i/3-important-qualities-for-the-future-of-applicant-tracking-systems/

** OK. Who is up for reverse engineering ATS programs to figure out how to get around them? Of course, the best “get around” is to network to a live person, develop a relationship, and then they can be an advocate for you.

How to Screen Potential Candidates Online [Top 7 Tips]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/screen-online/

** What will they be looking for as they vet you online?

Tips for Writing a Succinct Brand Bio

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/10-tips-for-writing-a-succinct-brand-bio/

** I just had to write a bio for a guest essay that hopefully will be coming out soon!

Struggling To Get The Right Person On Board – Follow These Social Media Rules

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/1440/struggling-to-get-the-right-person-on-board–follow-these-social-media-rules

** How are employers looking for you on SM?

 

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SALARY

 

Career Experts Share Tips for Negotiating the Salary You Want

http://mashable.com/2014/03/21/negotiating-salary/

** Not much new here, but worth reviewing.

Negotiate Your Salary Like a Pro

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140317160739-5973711-negotiate-your-salary-like-a-pro

** Ultimately, in this economy, you don’t have a lot of leverage. Negotiate with this in mind.

 

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