Job Search Article Aggregate – December 8, 2014

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Most Firms hire for culture fit; 3 steps to find a firm that suits your personality

** Critically important; your capacity and experience are only a part of the puzzle. “Fit” is the other. Related:

Company Culture and “Fit” Are Real – and Really, Really Important

** Debate and discussion. Love it. And other piece:

Job fit – the key to understanding who gets hired

** Qualifications are testable. “Fit” is emotional. Understand that critical difference. More on “fit”:

Four Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job…and What to Do About It–interview-advice/1578/four-reasons-why-you-didnt-get-the-joband-what-to-do-about-it

** And another one on culture:

Ask These 3 Questions About Company Culture Before You Take the Job

** A high turnover rate is a bad, bad sign. And if you can – and have the luxury of time – ask culture questions of people on LinkedIn who don’t work at the company any more.

Six P’s Of Executive Job Search – Leverage Your Strengths

** Some fantastic ideas on how to differentiate yourself.

5 Interview Red Flags That Could Leave You Running From Your Potential Employer

** I understand needing a job; if you have the resources, though, don’t jump at the first chance simply because it’s the first chance if your gut is screaming “No!”.

Never Put All Your Eggs in One Basket–interview-advice/3855/never-put-all-your-eggs-in-one-basket

** AND… I will argue, keep looking until you know you like them, and they like you.

Factors Employers Consider in Hiring Decisions

** Some very useful insights into what hiring managers are considering.

Why You Should Never Be Loyal To Your Job

** I found this very interesting. The contradictions burn: companies, per this column, have NO problem cranking through people, and set the precedent for people doing so… yet worry about retention and job-hopping. Does the left hand not talk with the right hand? And then along came this piece:

Your Boss Wants To Fire You – Here’s Why

** Same author, so I’m wondering about the size of the chip that seems to be on his shoulder.

11 Job Search Mistakes That Can Kill Your Chances

** All very good. Again, start with “Don’t screw up!”

How To: Follow Up After a Job Interview

** Follow-up is critical; even if you don’t change the outcome of a “no” you might get critical feedback (iffy, but worth a shot) or at least a referral to someone else.






General Job Search

Resumes & Cover Letters


Networking & Social Media

** OK, I’m lazy; I’m not going to weed through all of these. But the ones I have looked at are very informative.






4 Tips for Enhancing Your Career Transition Strategy

** Changing careers? Worth reading.

Employers and recruiters take note – these are the myths about mature workers

** Fold these into your presentation in an interview to preemptively head off these objections.

How to Get the Job When You Are Overqualified

** This is a candidate killer. Related:

How to apply for a job when you’re overqualified

** Understand the REAL objections:

The “O” Word

** And consider changing the rules:

The “O” Word 2

Changing Careers: What Does Your Outside Expertise Means to Employers’ Success?

** If you are an outsider, obviously an outsider, leverage that “fresh eyes perspective” as an asset:

Avoiding risk in hiring means avoiding innovation






5 Ways For Introverts To Network Authentically

** It’s hard for introverts to “get out there”. This is good stuff.

Networking Made Easy or Easier

** Some important basics.

Networking Tips – How to Get the Most Out of the Event

** IMHO, quality, not quantity. Look for, deliberately, the most senior people around. Scan name tags. Look for grey hair and “executive” outfits.

Networking faux pas that can really annoy your contacts

** And when you land, inform people – and stay in touch afterwards. Share info. Put money into your “networking bank account”. Related:

5 Professional Networking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

** Ditto my above comment.

The Job Seekers Guide to Networking Your Way into a Dream Job

** It’s not just contacts and introductions; it’s people keeping their eyes open for you. Related:

5 Ways to Help Your Network Help You–interview-advice/4568/5-ways-to-help-your-network-help-you

** And make them WANT to help you by helping them too. This needs to be a two-way street, and you get what you give.

Mastering Body Language in Business Networking

** I agree that body language is important, but don’t let it distract you from – you know – actual communication. You CAN over-think this.






Does Your Cover Letter Make These 5 Critical Mistakes?

** The first rule: Don’t screw up.

Find a name!–interview-advice/1104/find-a-name

** I agree with the need to do this, but IMHO this is often far easier said than done.






5 things to leave off your resume

** I still have people telling me I need an objective.

7 Steps to Writing a Resume That Beats Application Tracking Systems

** More and more companies are refusing resumes by networking; only resumes put in through the ATS will be considered. Related:

Do You Need an E-Resume?–interview-advice/4847/do-you-need-an-e-resume

** Which brings up:

Jurassic Park Hiring

10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From

** Very creative, and I admit very intriguing. But… at some point, there needs to be steak behind the sizzle.

How to Get Your CV Right [9 Top Tips]

** Two key points: A resume is only a marketing document to get you the interview, and there are so many consultants out there with different views, you cannot please them all. Ultimately you will have to decide on formats and all sorts of other things for yourself.

How to Write a Boring Resume

** Capture their attention. Which brings up:

Resume AVeNReTYA

Customizing Your Resume

** A must these days.






Top 5 Interviewing Skills for “Newbies”

** Not just for new graduates.

How Interviewers Know When to Hire You in 90 Seconds #WisdomWednesday

** You may not have the job in 90 seconds, but you can be ruled out in no more than seven seconds:

7 seconds – why that’s all you may have to succeed or fail at interview

** Neil’s posted quite a few of my essays.

7 Interview Questions that will Blow Employers Away

** Good stuff, but I disagree with #2; to wit:

Differentiate Yourself in an Interview: Beyond Your Background

Your American Idol “moment” in your job interview!

** I agree with practicing; here’s my fear – I’ve read you can also be too polished and smooth.

How to Succeed in any Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

** A little cartoonish… but then, isn’t that the point?

You Want Me to Interview Again?–interview-advice/3862/you-want-me-to-interview-again

** A second interview is a very good sign. And it’s an opportunity to correct any mistakes you identified, and leverage the nature of the questions asked in the first round to “reverse engineer” what their pain points are to focus on your ability to resolve them.

3 Sure Fire Ways to Fail an Interview–interview-advice/1245/3-sure-fire-ways-to-fail-an-interview

** Unless you’re really, REALLY flubbing it, even a failed interview can yield practice, and can result in another networking contact or two.

3 Job Interview Killers You Didn’t See Coming

** Too early in the interview process, they’re still – mentally – figuring out what they want. Too late, and they may have already decided and are going through the motions. You pays your money and takes your chances.

Body language at interviews: eye contact, posture, confidence

** I agree body language is important. But you can overanalyze this and become crippled with worry over every gesture, etc.

Why should we hire you? How to answer the dreaded interview question

** Good tactics.

Using the Star technique to shine at job interviews: a how-to guide


How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate

How to Zip It in Job Interviews

** Babbling can bury you. (I know.)






The other day I have met a lady, who told me that she has just “weeded out” her Linkedin profile

** Some good points about “less is more”.

Where Can You Find Your Next Job Using Social Media?

** You cannot be present and active on all of them. Focus.

Leveraging LinkedIn Analytics to Boost Your Visibility

** Recruiters comb LI daily. Can you be found?

What to Include in Your LinkedIn Profile

** With LinkedIn being one of the first places a recruiter or HR or hiring manager will look for you online, it’s important to give your profile serious thought.

Unfriend old social networks in 3 easy steps

** A good point! Just because you haven’t updated your myspace profile in years, doesn’t mean a determined investigator won’t. (For “fun” I did a report on myself; a little scary, actually – information on me goes back over 20 years!)

How to Leverage Your Free LinkedIn Profile Visitor Stats

** That’s an interesting thought. Also… if you can, look at your connection’s connections.






5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Sending Any Email

** Unless it has to be fired off right away, mull it over. Store it in the DRAFT folder and revisit it in an hour. Especially critical if this is an emotional issue and you are “hot and bothered”.

Tips for job seekers: How to research a company before your job interview

** Video.

The Secret to Getting More Job Interviews? Improve Your Resume

** And… network too.

Five Ways Job-Seekers Shoot Themselves In The Foot

** All good things to keep in mind.

How to Improve Your GPA, Post-Graduation

** I understand that GPA is important/relevant for the first few years after graduation. After that, especially if you are mid-to-senior-level, if a company cares about your college GPA from so long ago… run.

How to Recover When You Say Something Horribly Wrong

** Foot in mouth disease. There’s nobody alive who hasn’t had a case of it… or three.

Cool Tools for Job Seekers–interview-advice/4368/cool-tools-for-job-seekers

** Every tool helps.

Keep Your Job Search From Self-Destructing: 5 Ways–interview-advice/3695/keep-your-job-search-from-self-destructing-5-ways

** And… network, network, network. Leverage the human element.

The Difference Between Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

** Worth reading to see how you can use these words in an interview; especially critical if you’re changing industries or careers.

8 Self-Imposed Reasons People Can’t Find Jobs

** I agree people can often shoot themselves in the foot multiple ways – guilty! – but… it seems like there’s a “blame the candidate” mentality here. For every finger pointed at the candidate, three point back:

Is No Loaf Really Better than Half?






Hiring Beyond the Resume: The Relationship Between Wisdom, Experience and Risk

** What are hiring managers thinking?







5 Steps To Negotiating The Salary Of Your Dreams

** Worth reading.

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