Job Search Article Aggregate – December 5, 2014

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How Do Employers Find Their Ideal Candidate?

** Insights.

How to Choose Employment References

** References are gold; don’t let the only time they hear from you be when you need them.

Big Brother & The Employment Industry: “All your employment are belong to us!”

Presumptuous Employers: Is this HR, or Proctology?

** Two important pieces about protecting your personal information.

This is Exactly How You Sell YOU to Employers

** Differentiation, baby!

The Buried Truth About Applying Thru Job Boards

** The importance of networking.

U.S. Employers Tweaking Hiring Habits in Bid to Fulfill Obama Pledge

** Good. I was talking with a recruiter the other day who was on a raging rampage over many of his clients ignoring the “tremendous pool of talent” that is out there, but out of work and thus considered untouchable.

31 December Job Search Ideas That Won’t Make You Miserable

** Just because it’s a holiday party doesn’t turn off the networking.






You’re only as old as you look on paper–interview-advice/968/youre-only-as-old-as-you-look-on-paper

** You can conceal things… until you need to meet them. Someone I know had solid, enthusiastic phone interviews – but when he went in with his grey hair, he knew it was over instantly.

Beating 3 Boomer Stereotypes

** Good advice; if I had an objection, there’s a mind-numbing focus on older workers being willing & able to work with younger ones – why not any emphasis on the other way around?

Research Results Disprove Ageism Myths

** A nice piece.

Matt Ehrlichman: Promoting Internally vs. Hiring Externally

** If you’re trying to switch industries / careers, this could be good ammo to use.






How NOT to Introduce Yourself

** Agree 117-1/4%.

5 Science-Backed Ways to Get People to Respond to Your Emails

** A little optimistic IMHO… but who knows?

Essential Steps for Building Your Job Search Network

** Critical!

33 Classic Networking Tips In 140 Characters or Less [Infographic]

** Excellent points.

8 Tips for Turning a Contact Into a Connection You Can Count On

** It’s not just numbers that make a contact valuable.

Holiday Networking Success for Introverts Part I

Holiday Networking Success for Introverts Part II

** Amen.

How Important are Relationships to Success?

** How important? Critical.

Grow your influence by becoming a passionate connector of people

** If you do this and truly help people – whether in a job search or a business – you gain a powerful ally.

3 Bad Assumptions About Networking for Your Job Search

** Susan always has good stuff.






How to Write an Honest Cover Letter to Avoid the Wrong Job

** Some good DOs and DON’Ts.

5 Alternatives to ‘To Whom It May Concern’

** Good point, but I think it’s a little optimistic on being able to figure out who the hiring manager is.

5 Cover letter mistakes that make you look crazy

** I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute.

Win the Fight for the Job You Want With These Important Email Tips

** Major kudos for using Sun Tzu.

6 Keys to Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

** A cover letter is nothing more than a marketing document for your resume.






Black and white resumes do it best.

** Colors, format, and graphics are not relevant to an ATS; they’re only good if you get to a person willing to read your resume. But once you get there, they can make the difference.

Resumes Don’t Get Jobs, People Do

** A resume has only one purpose: get you the interview. And if you’re in someone’s office, they believe you can do the job based on what you wrote. But it’s not just about qualifications, it’s about fit – and that’s why you’re there.

Where Does Volunteer Work Belong On A Resume?

** It’s not just “giving back” but staying active and not warming a couch all the time.

4 Hidden Resume Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

** Think like a hiring manager and human resources person.

How to Save Space on a Resume

** And I commented.






Interview Failure: Next Steps

** It never hurts to ask for feedback – this looks like a good approach.

Explaining a Bad Experience

** Proactive answering with 80% of the information can often be “enough”.

Interview Styles Series – #1 One-on-One Interviews–interview-advice/389/interview-styles-series–1-one-on-one-interviews

** Good basics to understand.

What to research before interviews

** And if you know a “good tidbit” or two, that’s a good thing to use to open a conversation.

10 things NOT to do before & during an interview

** The First Rule: Don’t Screw Up.

6 Ways to Nail an Interview with a Terrible Interviewer

** Most interviewers are not trained, and often dread it as much as you do.

How to Read the Interviewer’s Mind: Thoughts to Consider before Your Next Transition–interview-advice/4090/how-to-read-the-interviewers-mind-thoughts-to-consider-before-your-next-transition

** Directional, not definitive.

Interview advice

** Lot of good stuff here – like reading a book.

Five best questions to ask during a job interview

** Not sure about the BEST, but certainly good.

The Ultimate Guide to Crushing Your Job Interview

** Not sure about “ultimate” but some good stuff.

How to Tell Your Story in Job Interviews

** People respond much better to stories than to dry facts. Stories connect to emotions, which is what much of the interview process is based on.

Why Your Biggest Weakness Might Just Be the Thing That Makes You Great

** Job search judo.

What Your Interview Body Language Reveals About You

** Be aware of your body language, but don’t obsess over it.






Is Personal Branding Really That Important Or Is It All Hype?

** It’s important, but at some point there needs to be steak behind the sizzle.

How to Quickly Build Your Online Presence

** SM will not get you a job. But not being on SM can cost you the job.






4 job search strategies that can backfire

** Good points.

25 Things You Can Do For Your Job Search Today!

** Not all apply everywhere, but worth skimming.

How To Use The Job Description To Your Best Advantage

** Small advantages can put you ahead. Related:

Job Seekers: Is Social Media Just Getting You to “No” Faster?

** It’s all about differentiation.

Interview Question: Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

** Very critical to have a good answer.

4 Consequences of Lying in a Job Interview

** Don’t lie.

The Irony of High Unemployment and Candidate Shortages

** I still maintain that, in almost every instance, the real reason for the “shortage” is because of a search for the fantasy date:

What is “The Perfect Fit”?

6 Questions You Should Ask About A Company’s Culture Before You Accept The Job

** I like these. Culture is a big, big, big part of the picture.

Are You a Good Match or Are You Damaging Your Self-Esteem?–interview-advice/1262/are-you-a-good-match-or-are-you-damaging-your-self-esteem

** I am NOT an advocate of applying for everything willy-nilly. At the same time, to be selective you need the financial resources to do so.

5 Ways to Avoid Being a Costly, Bad Hire

** Understand what’s on their mind.

5 Reasons You Can’t Land An Interview

** Something’s missing: the fact that there is an oversupply of qualified people.

The True Secrets of Job Hunting

** OK. How often are you really in a situation where you’re juggling multiple offers?






Get the Job You Want: The Interview Question that Can Help You

** Be prepared – this looks like a good question that will be adopted.

Making a Hiring Decision When All the Candidates are Perfect

** Glean what you can to give you that marginal advantage. Related:

How To Choose Between Two Equally-Qualified Candidates






How to Make Giving a Salary Range Easier

** It’s still a black art. And always will be.

5 Signs That You Aren’t Paying Your Employees Enough

** Deliciously cynical advice to employers… with mineable thoughts for employees/candidates.

Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Executive Compensation

** Not just executive salaries.

3 Ways to Negotiate a Higher Salary Without Sounding Like a Troublemaker

** You don’t have much leverage these days.

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