Job Search Article Aggregate (November 18, 2014)

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TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Employers Care About More Than Competence

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2013/06/employers-care-about-more-than.html

** They have a “pain”; if you can find out what that is, and show how you are the solution, that’s huge.

Top 7 Qualities Employers are Looking for in Candidates

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-7-qualities-employers-are-looking-candidates/

** Enlightening, but some of these seem contradictory and awfully subjective.

Can you spot the illegal interview question?

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/can-you-spot-the-illegal-interview-question

** At issue is the fact that if you protest this kind of question, you run the risk of being knocked out of the running.

Job Search Paralysis? Here are 5 Tips to Get You Back in the Game

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141113144853-5652203-job-search-paralysis-here-are-5-tips-to-get-you-back-in-the-game

** Take a pause to look at what you’re doing, and then get back into the fray.

How to “Wow” today’s recruiters

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-wow-todays-recruiters.html

** Wow, indeed.

Overcoming the “Unemployed Bias”

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/overcoming-bias-unemployed.shtml

** Worth the read though I disagree. There is an ENORMOUS bias against people who are out of work, especially if you’ve passed the six month mark. Do not, absolutely do not, believe otherwise.

 

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Told You’re ‘Over-Qualified’? 5 Words To Change The Employer’s Mind

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/06/25/1-tip-when-told-you-re-over-qualified/

** What you need to do, if told this, is drill – hard. Find out what the real objection is:

The “O” Word

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/the-o-word/

** It’s generally one of three reasons. And if you can, pre-emptively strike:

The “O” Word 2

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/the-o-word-2/

** Understand the mental game a hiring manager is playing, and change the rules.

Darth Vader’s Guide to an Intergalactic Career Change CV [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/darth-vader-career-change/

** Funny, but some lessons in there too.

Career transitions past 55 don’t have to be difficult

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/11/16/career-transitions-past-don-have-difficult/ybplf9pwTjRGQGMT6dBSEO/story.html

** I believe this is a feel-good pump-up; ageism is out there, and is rampant. Why? Because young people don’t have outside interests to distract them, they come cheap, and they are willing to work crazy hours.

Managing the Age Issue with Recruiters: Age as an Asset or a Liability

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/managing-age-issue.shtml

** Some very specific recommendations.

What’s the real cost of ageism?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/04/whats-real-cost-of-ageism.html

** What arguments here can you use?

 

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NETWORKING

 

The #1 Most Overlooked Reason Why People Can’t Find Jobs

http://www.careerealism.com/most-overlooked-reason-people-cant-find-jobs/

** Highlighting, yet again, the need to network, network, network.

How to Ask a Friend to Put in a Good Word for You at a Job

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-ask-a-friend-to-put-in-a-good-word-for-you-at-a-job

** At issue, though, is this: is your friend vouching for your character because you and they are friends, or vouching for your abilities because they’ve seen you work? It’s not a small difference.

12 Rules of Highly Effective Networkers

http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/stop-offending-here-are-12-networking-etiquette-rules-you-must-follow.html

** Endorse. Highly.

Networking to find a job? Focus on being generous

http://idealistcareers.org/networking-to-find-a-job-focus-on-being-generous/

** Put money in your “networking bank account” by helping others.

Stop networking. This is better.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140908074936-20307890-stop-networking-this-is-better

** It’s all about building relationships, and for the long term.

Catching an Employer’s Attention: Inside Contacts

http://www.job-hunt.org/article_employerattention.shtml

** A parallel approach is definitely the way to go.

 

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COVER LETTERS

 

The Pain Letter: The Best Way to Write a Cover Letter That Gets Results

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-pain-letter-the-best-way-to-write-a-cover-letter-that-gets-results

** Companies hire because they have a problem that their current staff can’t solve. What is it? And then, can you present yourself as the solution?

Why I Care More About Your Cover Letter Than Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140921144232-77324480-why-i-care-more-about-your-cover-letter-than-your-resume

** Some very strong points about the importance of a cover letter.

Why You Still Need A Cover Letter, Even If No One Reads It

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141115163923-942774-why-you-still-need-a-cover-letter-even-if-no-one-reads-it

** If it’s there, it might make a difference or not. But if it’s not there and they want one – File 13.

7 Examples Of Fresh New Ways To Start Your Cover Letter

http://www.careerealism.com/examples-start-cover-letter/

** Some novel approaches.

 

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RESUMES

 

What Is the Best Resume Font, Size and Format? [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/what-is-the-best-font-for-your-resume-infographic/

** Best for what? The ATS? The human reader of your ATS-submitted resume? Or the human reader you managed to contact who is willing to read your resume?

How To Create An Infographic Resume That Doesn’t Repel Hiring Managers/

http://www.fastcompany.com/3037764/hit-the-ground-running/how-to-create-an-infographic-resume-that-doesnt-repel-hiring-managers

** Definitely a supplement, not a replacement.

How to Handle Gaps on your CV

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/05/30/handle-gaps-cv/

** IMHO, if you have a gap that you can’t hide… be proactive. If you give, say, 80% of the information to answer the question, often they won’t ask for the remaining 20%. If you wait until they ask, they’ll dig, and dig hard. (Coming up with that 80% answer is one place where you need outside help.)

The Resume Section That Matters More Than You’d Think

http://time.com/3399446/the-resume-section-that-matters-more-than-youd-think/

** An interesting idea.

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

What’s with the phone interview before the actual job interview?

http://www.bullhornreach.com/article/view/88857

** Good insights into the phone screen.

5 answers for job seekers

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141112220110-214864010-5-answers-for-job-seekers

** Interesting perspectives.

5 Common Interviewer Objections and How to Deal with Them

http://linkis.com/bit.ly/bymsK

** This is worth reading – really good. The trick is to find out what objections they have without actually asking what objections they have. Which brings up:

Am I A Fit?

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/am-i-a-fit/

** I use this. It works.

Setting the Record Straight on Job Interviews

https://hbr.org/2014/11/setting-the-record-straight-on-job-interviews

** An interesting read, but… the job market now belongs to candidates? Seriously? And companies now “understand” if you have a firing in your past? Seriously? Worth reading but given these two claims I’d read it with a big grain of salt handy.

How To: Follow Up After a Job Interview

http://www.hrbartender.com/2013/recruiting/how-to-follow-up-after-a-job-interview/

** Follow up. There’s a fine line between persistent and pest, however.

How to Get More Job Interviews – Basic Tips

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/09/30/how-to-get-more-job-interviews/

** Sniper shots, not shotgun – definitely.

5 clever ways to prepare for a job interview

http://idealistcareers.org/5-clever-ways-to-prepare-for-a-job-interview/

** Some very good ways to get background info.

Would I Hire You? My Top 5 Interview Questions

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140923133958-279253783-would-i-hire-you-my-top-5-interview-questions

** Excellent insights into some great interview questions.

20 toughest job interview questions asked this year.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140924045134-42488263-20-toughest-job-interview-questions-asked-this-year

** I understand the desire to test candidates’ reasoning ability. These are, IMHO, pushing it.

How to Make a Great First Impression at the Interview

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/making-first-impression-interview/

** Very good. The interview can be over before you’ve said more than “Nice to meet you.”

What You Should Know Before Your Job Interview – INFOGRAPHIC

http://mechanical-engineer-employment.intellego-publishing.com/what-you-should-know-before-your-job-interview-infographic

** Some good and easily assimilated information.

How To: Impress in Your Interview Presentation

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4633/how-to-impress-in-your-interview-presentation

** I think you’re very lucky if you get to be able to do this. Most of the time I just get peppered with questions.

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Does a Candidates Online Reputation Affect Your Decision To Hire Them?

http://www.jobvite.com/blog/candidates-online-reputation-affect-decision-hire/

** An interesting perspective from potential hiring managers.

4 career management moves to avoid

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/4-career-management-moves-to-avoid

** Remember, you’re marketing YOU.

 

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GENERAL

 

How and Why To Write Thank You Notes After An Interview

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/11/12/thank-you-note-post-interview/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

** Nice thoughts!

For Career Success, Pick Your Employer Carefully

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2014/11/11/career-success/

** Never forget you are interviewing the company as well.

3 Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/11/12/3-reasons-youre-not-getting-hired

** A little vanilla, but worth a skim. It does, though, ignore the mentality of “plenty of fish in the sea” that many employers seem to have these days.

5 Ways To Recover From A Bad Job Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/bad-job-interview-recover/

** I like this, BUT… you’re DREAMING if you think you will get any feedback on why you didn’t get the job.

15 Quick Tips That Will Help You Get Hired Fast

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/best-tips/fl/15-things-you-should-know-about-job-searching.htm

** General – motherhood & apple pie.

 

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

Hire Forward: When Past Performance Isn’t Enough

http://www.successperformancesolutions.com/2014/hire-forward-when-past-performance-isnt-enough/

** Understand what the hiring manager may be thinking – and looking for.

What’s the Next Big Thing in Recruiting

http://www.hrbartender.com/2014/recruiting/whats-next-big-thing-recruiting/

** What are hiring people discussing?

How Employers Hear Your “True Stories”

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2011/10/how-employers-hear-your-stories.html

** Some interesting insights, especially when asked about a prior employer.

 

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SALARY

 

7 Perks to Negotiate When Your Boss Won’t Budge on Your Salary

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141111123606-10999323-7-perks-to-negotiate-when-the-employer-won-t-budge-on-your-salary

** In my experience, if a company will not budge on salary, etc., that’s not a good sign.

The Salary Question

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2011/11/one-of-common-questions-job-seekers.html

** It is a black art.

The Starting Salary Question

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/starting-salary-question.shtml

** Remember, things like a short commute factors in; throw in other things too, like training.

5 Tips For Handling Salary Requirements

http://www.careerealism.com/handling-salary-requirements/

** Some good thoughts. Again, in this economy you don’t dare to push too hard though.

 

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