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TOP OF THE FOLD
7 Ways To Sniff Out The REAL Company Culture
** Number 8: Go to trade groups and ask around; most companies have a reputation.
E-mail Etiquette Matters During Your Career Search
** And if you’re venting, remember that your email can get forwarded far and wide.
The full lowdown on ATS systems
** ATS portals are going to become ever-more popular; it’s important to understand them – plusses, minuses, and how to get through them (and, also, network around them).
How do you distinguish yourself from the other candidates?
** More often than not it’s perceived “fit”.
FOR OLDER WORKERS
Birthday Damage Control for Older Workers
** I’d go the humor route, but then – to me – almost everything is funny.
Defeat Ageism at Work
** I find it ironic: hiring managers are so obsessed with job-hopping, yet focus on hiring those who are the most likely to job hop. I recently was phone-interviewed for a position that would be, literally, 15 minutes from my house. That was an ENORMOUS thing for me… and I made mention of it. Not even worth bringing me in for a conversation.
5 Ways to Help Your Network Help You
** The power of networking is not just in introductions, but in having multiple eyes keeping a lookout for you.
How To Stop Being Random With Your Networking Efforts
** I heartily endorse “networking conversations” (not interviews, that’s a loaded word); at issue is the fact that people are so insanely busy they don’t have time to do them with prospective networkers.
8 secrets to steal from power networkers
** Very good.
How to Create a Reader-Based Cover Letter and Résumé
** The bar is higher.
Top 10 Tips For A Great Cover Letter
** All good, but especially the point about not using duplicate cover letters. (Or, after an interview, duplicate thank you notes.)
Three excellent cover letter examples
** Very helpful to have actual examples; just don’t copy them.
Add A Little ‘Fire’ To Your Cover Letter
** Remember, a cover letyer is nothing more than an enticement to get someone to read your resume.
3 Tips For Flaunting Your Value On Your Resume
** How can you catch a reader’s attention – and get them to wonder what you could do for them?
#1 Solution For Nasty Employment Gaps On Your Resume
** Quote: “Due to globally competing economies, and also particularly due to the big crisis a few years ago, having employment gaps is becoming more and more the ‘new normal’.” Some good stuff, but I strongly disagree with this one sentence. Like some years ago, the advice I was given by an outplacement firm was that companies “understand” that downsizings, layoffs, and even firings are a new normal. But the rubber-meets-the-road attitude of hiring managers gives lie to both of these IMHO.
Ace the Group Interview
** Some interesting tactics.
How To Dress For A Business Professional Interview
** Your success or failure will depend, in a large part, on the visual impression you give in the first few seconds of your meeting people. Related (admittedly from the UK):
Dress to impress: what to wear for a job interview
** Classic clothes don’t go out of style. I have a lot of attention-getting ties to be memorable in a networking situation; an interview is not such a situation.
5 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at a Job Interview
** And my personal advice: be standing and dynamic whenever someone enters the room. When person N leaves, get up, stretch, and when the person N+1 comes in, dynamically approach them.
What You Can Learn About a Potential Job from the Hiring Process
** Trust your gut; every time I’ve ignored my instinctive reactions I’ve paid for it. If anything about the people, or how you are treated, raises your hackles – pay attention.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected in a Job Interview
** Preparation is always good, but there are an infinite number of unexpected questions; you can’t prep for them all.
BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA
Job Seekers: This is How You Do Social Media Right
** You need to be aware of SM and use it.
Are You Making The Top 3 LinkedIn Profile Errors?
How To Get Employers To Take Your Brand Seriously
** Ultimately, any job seeker first has to be a marketer and sales person.
4 Best Tools For Creating Online Portfolios
** Which reminds me, I need to get working on mine.
Build Your Personal Brand on Twitter in Minutes a Day
** I think this strongly depends on what your planned job is.
The Necessary Art of Persuasion
** What are you doing in any contact with a potential employer if not attempting to persuade them?
UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE
The Strange, Difficult Questions CEOs Ask in Job Interviews
** Not just questions, but insights into WHY they ask these questions – which is very useful.