Job Search Article Aggregate – – – December 16, 2014

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TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Respect Your Candidates

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/respect-your-candidates/

** A must read. If they’re treating you badly in the hiring process, it will NOT get better when you’re onboard.

How to Get Around the Gatekeeper

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141005132834-21195464-how-to-get-around-the-gatekeeper

** This is what it’s all about. And I may need to find that book at the library.

How to Get Candidates to Drop Their Job Interview Facade

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/how-to-get-candidates-to-drop-their-job-interview-facade/

** Wow; I suspect I’d be a little flummoxed if I got these questions without any warning! A must-read!

The 7 Worst Things to Say to People Out of Work at the Holidays

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-worst-things-say-people-out-marianne

** HA! So true. As a person looking for work myself, I don’t need your sympathy or empathy. I need your help. As do millions of others.

Does the Myers-Briggs personality test work?

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/myers-briggs-employee-personality-test-accurate

** As a guide to understanding your strengths and weaknesses, this can be invaluable, as can other tests like DISC, etc. As a screening tool for hiring, I’d go with the tried-and-true reading of goat entrails.

True Confessions of the Hiring Manager Reading Your Resume

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/confessions-reading-resume/

** EXCELLENT insights into the person reading your resume. The one flaw: it assumes you’re applying for a specific position rather than a general submission or networked-in contact. But in that case, this is a MUST READ.

 

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Are You a Perfect Fit for the Job? Then You Won’t Get It.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141208142145-4524580-are-you-a-perfect-fit-for-the-job-then-you-won-t-get-it

** Interesting. But in the comments something really disturbed me, to wit: That resume scanners look for a period with two spaces after, and then assume that you are an “older” person who learned to type on a typewriter – when such a practice was necessary. SERIOUSLY?

A Job Seeker’s Perspective on Executive Job Search

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/executive-job-seeker-perspective-executive-job-search.aspx

** She asks a question at the end. MY answer? Yes.

 

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NETWORKING

 

How to Nurture Your Network [4 Useful Tools]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/nurture-network/

** Don’t forget the old fashioned copied/clipped article and cover note saying “I saw this and thought you’d be interested.”

It’s NOT all about you: 10 ways to network properly

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141208133101-7069348-it-s-not-all-about-you-10-ways-to-network-properly

** And I commented.

Why You Should Never Dismiss Anyone

http://launchingcreative.com/why-you-should-never-dismiss-anyone/

** You never know who knows the “right person”. A janitor may be on a first-name basis with the CEO (and a long-time janitor probably is!).

8 Great Ways to Step Up Your Networking Game

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/03/8-great-ways-to-step-up-your-networking-game/

** Real-world advice. And from the same source:

6 Unique Networking Tips That Actually Work

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/10/07/6-unique-networking-tips-that-actually-work/

** #7: Maintain it.

Job Networking for Introverts: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Network Alive

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-introverts/maintaining-network-introverts.shtml

** Aim not only for the mind and their employment, but for the heart. When you get an emotional response to an update or sent article, they’ll remember you – and in a positive light.

10 Gifts Job Searchers Need But Won’t Ask For

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-gifts-job-searchers-need-ask-arleen

** Amen and amen!

 

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COVER LETTERS

 

‘Activate’ Your Cover Letter

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5651&newsletter_id=1361&archive=1#axzz3LQuAeAn8

** Remember, a cover letter has one purpose: grab them enough to get them to read your resume.

3 Reasons to Always Include a Cover Letter When You Apply for Jobs

http://myrightfitjob.com/2014/11/17/2435/

** Anything that works to get them to read your resume.

Top Cover Letter Tips for 2015

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-cover-letter-tips-2015-jessica-h.

** Really good.

Infographic: Cover Letter Must-Haves

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4810/infographic-cover-letter-must-haves

** A good guide.

 

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RESUMES

 

Top 10 Resume Tips for 2015

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2014/12/10/resume-tips-for-2015/

** Some great ideas here… but they assume you’re getting your resume to a person.

6 Punctuation Tips For A Sexier Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-punctuation-tips/

** Interesting thoughts, but… did they really need to “sex up” the title?

Top 10 Signs Your Resume Needs Updating

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-10-signs-your-resume-needs-updating/

** Never think it’s perfect!

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

Job Interview Question: How Do People Describe You?

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2014/12/01/job-interview-question-people-describe/

** Someone just asked me a variation of this in an interview, actually.

7 Common Job Interview Questions That Can Trick You

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/common-job-interview-questions-that-can-trick-you/

** Very common questions.

Flip the Interview – 3 Powerful Questions to Evaluate Employers

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141208225348-1673419-flip-the-interview-3-powerful-questions-to-evaluate-employers

** Two are boilerplate, but one… really good.

The Executive Interview: What Should I Expect?

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/executive-interview-preparation.aspx

** Not just executive interviews… ALL interviews.

The Only 5 Interview Questions You Need to Prepare for

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-interview-only-questions-you-need-prepare-rest-small-talk/

** But… there are so many, many ways to ask these questions.

How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job Interview #WisdomWednesday

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/tell-me-about-yourself-dos-donts/

** Is there ever an interview where you are NOT asked this?

Top tips for interview presentations

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/07/top-tips-interview-presentations/

** Don’t solve their problem. Hint at solutions, but beware the Faux Interview:

Cartoon of the Day: The Faux Interview (Plus Commentary)

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/cartoon-of-the-day-the-faux-interview-plus-commentary/

How to Answer ‘Why Do You Want This Job?’ in an Interview

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/why-want-job-interview/

** Customize for each company. And very much related:

How to Answer the Question “Why Should We Hire You?”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-answer-question-why-should-liz-ryan

** An interesting – and different – take.

How to Understand Interviewer Questions and Techniques

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/understanding-interviewer-questions-and-techniques/

** Ultimately, have stories. People can accept dry facts, but you can fake enthusiasm. Stories, however, resonate and have impact.

Job Interview Question: How Do People Describe You?

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2014/12/01/job-interview-question-people-describe/

** I’d had “How would your former boss describe you?”.

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A Job Seekers Guide: What’s Safe to Post on Social Media (and Not)

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/10/a-job-seekers-guide-safe-to-post-on-social-media/

** Personally, I think these are Puritan-era prudish. My own thoughts:

Social Media Vetting: Proposed Standards (Long)

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/social-media-vetting-proposed-standards-long/

** A guy at a party tweets out “At thus-and-such party” while holding a beer. Ooooh. A woman on vacation in Jamaica posts a couple of pictures of herself in a bikini. Wow. What is this, high school? Companies want “young, dynamic, SM-savvy, edgy” people – and along with that type of personality comes, BY DEFINITION, people who post things like this. Now, contrast a picture of a guy holding a beer vs. a guy downing a fifth Animal House style, or a woman in a bikini vs. a woman doing a nude selfie, I concede the point. Still, haven’t we progressed past the Victorian era, or do we need to start shipping smelling salts to HR departments just in case they see a SM post that violates their delicate sensibilities?

How to Write a Captivating LinkedIn Profile Headline

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2013/11/20/how-to-write-a-captivating-linkedin-profile-headline/

** I need to revisit my profile’s headline after reading this.

A Great New Way to Monitor Your Online Image While Job Searching

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2013/06/12/a-great-new-way-to-monitor-your-online-image-while-job-searching/

** Hmmm.

 

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GENERAL

 

What a Job Seeker should not do – Negative Body Language and You

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/body-language-mistakes-by-job-seekers/

** Again, body language is important but don’t obsess over it.

The Truth Behind Hiring Decisions

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/the-truth-behind-hiring-decisions/

** Some useful insights.

A quick guide to break into where it all starts.

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/how-to-get-jobs-at-startups/

** Thoughts on getting into start-ups.

The Dark Side of the ‘Freelance Revolution’

https://www.recruiter.com/i/the-dark-side-of-the-freelance-revolution/

** Some excellent points. Which brings up:

Mercenary Workforce

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/mercenary-workforce/

Responding to Job Rejections and Assessing Job Offers

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/responding-to-job-rejections-and-assessing-job-offers/

** When you have an offer in hand, that’s your strongest position. Use it – but remember that in this economy, you can’t push too hard.

How to Ask Why You Didn’t Get The Job

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/rejection/a/ask-why-not-hired.htm

** It’s always worth asking.

 

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

How To Tell If Someone’s Lying On Their CV

http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/blog/employer-advice/tell-someones-lying-cv/

** Reading the other side’s playbook. Related:

5 Tells Your Candidate Might Be Lying

http://www.talentculture.com/talent-management/5-tells-your-candidate-might-be-lying/

** Guilty until proven innocent. And I think there needs to be a serious discussion about why it is candidates believe / feel they need to lie. And also related:

How To Find What Job Applicants Try To Cover Up

http://www.fastcompany.com/3037754/how-to-find-what-job-applicants-try-to-cover-up

** Ditto.

14 Out-of-the-box Sourcing Tips for Finding Top Talent

http://talent.linkedin.com/blog/index.php/2014/11/14-out-of-the-box-sourcing-tips-for-finding-top-talent

** If you want to get caught, think like a fisherman.

What to Look for As You Screen Cover Letters

http://hr.sparkhire.com/best-hiring-practices/what-to-look-for-as-you-screen-cover-letters/

** What’s in their mind as they read your cover letter?

What I Learned from Interviewing 5,000 Candidates

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/what-i-learned-from-interviewing-5000-candidates/

** Interesting. And point 6 highlights the need to network, network, network.

Why Hiring Fast is Killing Employee Morale

http://acaciahrsolutions.com/hiring-fast-killing-employee-morale/

** I agree that a person should not be hired because they have a pulse. As Sabrina points out, this is a balancing act. What’s my point? That NOBODY gets it RIGHT 100% of the time.

 

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SALARY

 

How to Win Your Salary Negotiation

https://www.emolument.com/career_advice/how_win_salary_negotiation

** With regard to #10: be able to walk away if you threaten it.

Are you a Salary Negotiating Pro?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141209131150-21392348-are-you-a-salary-negotiating-pro

** You can only negotiate when you have leverage.

3 Tips For Addressing Salary Requirements Effectively

http://www.careerealism.com/salary-requirements-tips-addressing/

** I’m not a fan of giving your salary range first.

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