Job Search Article Aggregate – December 5, 2014

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TOP OF THE FOLD

 

How Do Employers Find Their Ideal Candidate?

http://www.careerealism.com/how-employers-find-candidate/

** Insights.

How to Choose Employment References

http://mbahighway.com/2013/11/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!”

http://corcodilos.com/blog/4235/big-brother-the-employment-industry-all-your-employment-are-belong-to-us

Presumptuous Employers: Is this HR, or Proctology?

http://corcodilos.com/blog/3008/presumptuous-employers-is-this-hr-or-proctology

** Two important pieces about protecting your personal information.

This is Exactly How You Sell YOU to Employers

http://youtern.sharedby.co/TNpvwc

** Differentiation, baby!

The Buried Truth About Applying Thru Job Boards

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/04/the-buried-truth-about-applying-thru-job-boards/

** The importance of networking.

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

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-12-04/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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/31-december-job-search-ideas-that-wont-make-you-miserable

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

 

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

You’re only as old as you look on paper

http://www.social-hire.com/career–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

http://www.job-hunt.org/boomer-job-search/beating-3-boomer-stereotypes.shtml

** 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

http://aknextphase.com/research-results-disprove-ageism-myths/

** A nice piece.

Matt Ehrlichman: Promoting Internally vs. Hiring Externally

http://blogs.wsj.com/accelerators/2014/12/01/matt-ehrlichman-promoting-internally-vs-hiring-externally/

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

 

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NETWORKING

 

How NOT to Introduce Yourself

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141201071701-64875646-how-not-to-introduce-yourself

** Agree 117-1/4%.

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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-sciencebacked-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-emails

** A little optimistic IMHO… but who knows?

Essential Steps for Building Your Job Search Network

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2014/11/25/finding-job-search-network/

** Critical!

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

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/01/33-classic-networking-tips-in-140-characters-or-less-infographic/

** Excellent points.

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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/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

http://arleenbradley.com/2014/12/holiday-networking-success-for-introverts-part-i/

Holiday Networking Success for Introverts Part II

http://arleenbradley.com/2014/12/holiday-networking-success-for-introverts-part-ii/

** Amen.

How Important are Relationships to Success?

http://changeyourgamebealeader.com/2014/12/03/important-relationships-success/

** How important? Critical.

Grow your influence by becoming a passionate connector of people

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/12/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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/3-bad-assumptions-about-n_b_6271758.html

** Susan always has good stuff.

 

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COVER LETTERS

 

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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/write-honest-cover-letter-avoid-wrong-job/

** Some good DOs and DON’Ts.

5 Alternatives to ‘To Whom It May Concern’

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/11/18/5-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

http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2014/12/04/5-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

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/12/03/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

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/04/6-keys-to-writing-the-perfect-cover-letter/

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

 

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RESUMES

 

Black and white resumes do it best.

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/how-a-resume-works/

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141201142836-34396258-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?

http://www.careerealism.com/where-volunteer-work-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

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/04/18/4-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141204180216-231504-how-to-save-space-on-a-resume

** And I commented.

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

Interview Failure: Next Steps

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/11/interview-failure-next-steps.html

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

Explaining a Bad Experience

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2014/10/explaining-bad-experience.html

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

Interview Styles Series – #1 One-on-One Interviews

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/389/interview-styles-series–1-one-on-one-interviews

** Good basics to understand.

What to research before interviews

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141130044707-22880386-10-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

http://www.jobjenny.com/the-blog/2014/11/22/6-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

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4090/how-to-read-the-interviewers-mind-thoughts-to-consider-before-your-next-transition

** Directional, not definitive.

Interview advice

http://www.purplehousehr.com/making-a-move/interview-advice/

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

Five best questions to ask during a job interview

http://www.npaworldwide.com/resources/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

http://mashable.com/2013/01/19/guide-to-job-interview/

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

How to Tell Your Story in Job Interviews

http://mashable.com/2013/01/06/tips-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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/why-your-biggest-weakness-might-just-be-the-thing-that-makes-you-great

** Job search judo.

What Your Interview Body Language Reveals About You

http://www.careerealism.com/interview-body-language/

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

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

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

http://www.careerealism.com/personal-branding-really-important/

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

How to Quickly Build Your Online Presence

http://www.job-hunt.org/IT-job-search/quickly-build-online-presence.shtml

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

 

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GENERAL

 

4 job search strategies that can backfire

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/4-job-search-strategies-that-can-backfire

** Good points.

25 Things You Can Do For Your Job Search Today!

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2013/10/25-things-you-can-do-for-your-job.html

** Not all apply everywhere, but worth skimming.

How To Use The Job Description To Your Best Advantage

http://www.careerealism.com/use-job-description-advantage/

** Small advantages can put you ahead. Related:

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

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/01/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?

http://interviewsuccessformula.com/interview-questions-and-answers/interview-question-why-did-you-leave-your-last-job.php

** Very critical to have a good answer.

4 Consequences of Lying in a Job Interview

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/01/4-consequences-of-lying-in-a-job-interview

** Don’t lie.

The Irony of High Unemployment and Candidate Shortages

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2011/07/irony-of-high-unemployment-and.html

** 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”?

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

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

http://www.fastcompany.com/3038973/6-questions-you-should-ask-about-a-companys-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?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–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

http://mashable.com/2013/01/12/how-to-avoid-being-a-bad-hire/

** Understand what’s on their mind.

5 Reasons You Can’t Land An Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/land-interview/

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

The True Secrets of Job Hunting

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-hunting-secrets/

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

 

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141203142000-36714090-get-hired-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

http://acaciahrsolutions.com/making-hiring-decision-candidates-perfect/

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

How To Choose Between Two Equally-Qualified Candidates

http://www.business2community.com/leadership/choose-two-equally-qualified-candidates-01082247

 

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SALARY

 

How to Make Giving a Salary Range Easier

http://interviewsuccessformula.com/interview-advice/how-to-make-giving-a-salary-range-easier.php

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

5 Signs That You Aren’t Paying Your Employees Enough

http://www.tlnt.com/2014/12/02/5-signs-that-you-arent-paying-your-employees-enough/

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

Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Executive Compensation

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/mistakes-to-avoid-when-negotiating-your-executive-compensation.aspx

** Not just executive salaries.

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

https://www.recruiter.com/i/3-ways-to-negotiate-a-higher-salary-without-sounding-like-a-troublemaker/

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

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