Article Aggregate 8-8-2014 – TGIF Edition

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TOP OF THE FOLD

7 Ways To Sniff Out The REAL Company Culture

http://www.careerealism.com/company-culture-real/

** Number 8: Go to trade groups and ask around; most companies have a reputation.

E-mail Etiquette Matters During Your Career Search

http://www.careerealism.com/email-etiquette-career-search/

** And if you’re venting, remember that your email can get forwarded far and wide.

The full lowdown on ATS systems

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-full-lowdown-on-ats-systems.html

** 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?

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5463&newsletter_id=1302&archive=1#ixzz39eR6HEqO

** More often than not it’s perceived “fit”.

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

Birthday Damage Control for Older Workers

http://www.recruiter.com/i/birthday-damage-control-for-older-workers/

** I’d go the humor route, but then – to me – almost everything is funny.

Defeat Ageism at Work

https://www.ivyexec.com/executive-insights/2014/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.

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NETWORKING

5 Ways to Help Your Network Help You

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4568/5-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

http://www.careerealism.com/networking-efforts-stop-being-random/

** 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

http://theweek.com/article/index/265225/8-secrets-to-steal-from-power-networkers

** Very good.

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COVER LETTERS

How to Create a Reader-Based Cover Letter and Résumé

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-create-a-reader-based-cover-letter-and-resume/

** The bar is higher.

Top 10 Tips For A Great Cover Letter

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4582/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

http://careers.theguardian.com/covering-letter-examples

** Very helpful to have actual examples; just don’t copy them.

Add A Little ‘Fire’ To Your Cover Letter

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5490&newsletter_id=1311&archive=1#ixzz39eQS5Sur

** Remember, a cover letyer is nothing more than an enticement to get someone to read your resume.

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RESUMES

3 Tips For Flaunting Your Value On Your Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-flaunting-value-tips/

** 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

http://www.careerealism.com/employment-gaps-resume-nasty/

** 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.

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INTERVIEWING

Ace the Group Interview

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/07/ace-the-group-interview/

** Some interesting tactics.

How To Dress For A Business Professional Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/business-professional-interview-dress/

** 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

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/what-wear-job-interview-fashion-dress-impress

** 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

http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-ways-good-impression-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

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4578/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

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5491&newsletter_id=1311&archive=1#ixzz39eQnOXNt

** Preparation is always good, but there are an infinite number of unexpected questions; you can’t prep for them all.

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

Job Seekers: This is How You Do Social Media Right

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/07/31/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?

http://www.careerealism.com/top-linkedin-profile-errors/

** Probably.

How To Get Employers To Take Your Brand Seriously

http://www.careerealism.com/employers-take-brand-seriously/

** Ultimately, any job seeker first has to be a marketer and sales person.

4 Best Tools For Creating Online Portfolios

http://www.careerealism.com/creating-online-portfolios-best-tools/

** Which reminds me, I need to get working on mine.

Build Your Personal Brand on Twitter in Minutes a Day

http://www.job-hunt.org/personal-branding/personal-branding-with-twitter.shtml

** I think this strongly depends on what your planned job is.

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GENERAL

The Necessary Art of Persuasion

http://hbr.org/1998/05/the-necessary-art-of-persuasion/ar/1

** What are you doing in any contact with a potential employer if not attempting to persuade them?

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

The Strange, Difficult Questions CEOs Ask in Job Interviews

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140807094555-20017018-13-ceos-share-their-favorite-job-interview-questions

** Not just questions, but insights into WHY they ask these questions – which is very useful.

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