Job Search Article Aggregate – – – December 30, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May it be wonderful, great, and prosperous for you.

As a part of my own job search I read a lot of articles about things like networking, cover letters, resumes, interviews, etc. One thing I try to do to help others is aggregate these into my on-going series of “Article Aggregate” posts.

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TOP OF THE FOLD

 

3 Non-Awful Ways to Promote Yourself as an Introvert

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-nonawful-ways-to-promote-yourself-as-an-introvert

** Some interesting thoughts if you are not a social butterly.

How To Finish Strong in Your Job Search

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-finish-strong-in-your-job-search/

** Never give up. Related:

7 Habits of Highly Successful Job Landers

http://chameleonresumes.com/2013/12/11/7-habits-highly-successful-job-seekers/

** Up your game.

Why You Should Never Cross Your Arms Again

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-you-should-never-cross-your-arms-2014-6

** Body language is important but IMHO you can over-think it. More: If you are getting “overqualified” a lot, do you really want to be doing power poses to challenge people? Related:

Hand Gestures Say A Lot About Your Intelligence

http://www.businessinsider.com/hand-gestures-reveal-complex-thoughts-2013-6

** A lot is cultural too. And also related:

Smiling May Cost You the Job

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2014/12/smiling-may-cost-you-the-job

** Interesting… but, again, you can overanalyze it. Brush your teeth, look at yourself in the mirror. Maybe even bring a mini-bottle of mouthwash and, in the lobby restroom use it (and discretely toss it in the trash).

Your Elevator Speech: Keep It Simple Silly

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2010/10/your-elevator-speech-keep-it-simple.html

** An elevator speech is nothing more than a way to entice someone to talk with you.

HIRE ME! 7 Tips For Getting A Job After College

http://www.careerealism.com/getting-job-after-college-hire-me/

** Solid advice for those starting out.

What Makes You Special?

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/what-makes-you-special.shtml

** Differentiation. And related:

Would You Pay $1000 For A Basket Of Apples?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/would-you-pay-1000-basket-apples-j-t-o-donnell

** What value can you provide? What pains can you, and only you, fix?

 

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COLLECTED ADVICE COLUMNS BY ALISON DOYLE

 

48 Articles in: Job Search Basics

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/findajob/

Job Applications

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobapplications/

8 Subcategories in Cover Letter Writing Tips (with Examples)

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletters/

Salary & Benefits

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/salaryinformatio1/

** And more there too – worth browsing / poking around.

 

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

What are transferable job skills?

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/11/12/what-are-transferable-job-skills/

** Important; how can you abstract out what you’ve done to be applicable – and recognizable – to those outside your “comfort zone” industries? Related:

5 Key Rules For Career Changers

http://www.careerealism.com/key-rules-career-changers/

** Ultimately, it’s about getting people to realize you have a capacity beyond what you’ve done.

Reinvention Success Story: Singer to Consultant

http://www.job-hunt.org/career-change/singer-career-change.shtml

** Interview; experiences of a person making a career change. Related to transitions:

How to Triumph Over Transition. This is the Beginning of Your Great Story!

http://chameleonresumes.com/2012/03/19/how-to-triumph-over-transition-this-is-the-beginning-of-your-great-story/

** The key is to do something. Don’t be a lump on the couch.

The Difference between Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141112122448-3299358-the-difference-between-knowledge-skills-and-abilities

** Can you leverage this distinction in a discussion?

What are YOUR career prospects after 40?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-are-your-career-prospects-after-40.html

** Quote: “All of this leads me back to one of my core mantras, which is that once we get past 40, we are taking an extreme risk with our lives if we assume that we can just carry on working in the same careers that we engaged in during our twenties and thirties.” Which is a sad thing to recognize. Welcome to “Generation Ice Flow”

 

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NETWORKING

 

5 Good Ways NOT to Network

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/5-good-ways-not-network/

** Useful. And at the end – it’s what you give to others that determines, in large part, how much you get.

4 Things Networking Can Help You Do (Besides Get a Job)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-things-networking-can-help-you-do-besides-get-a-job

** Endorse all of these.

The Point of Networking – Connections to Conversions

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-networking/the-point-of-networking.shtml

** It’s about building relationships, not finding jobs (per se).

Never Forget Someone’s Name Again With This Memory Trick

http://www.fastcompany.com/3030862/work-smart/never-forget-someones-name-again-with-this-memory-trick

** Names are critical. And if it’s a name that’s difficult to pronounce, odds are you’re not the first person to have problems.

Why Insiders Get Hired — And You Don’t

http://asktheheadhunter.com/gv031105.htm

** Quote: “Given a choice, managers still tend to hire candidates referred to them by people they know and trust.” That’s because, in the course of making a referral from one person to another, the person doing the referring understands they are putting their own reputation on the line… and thus exercises careful judgment in doing so. (Which begs the question: Given this understanding of the strength of the personal referral, why are so many companies pushing to remove it from the field by insisting candidates can only come in through the ATS – and no other way?)

3 Ways to Break the Ice at Holiday Networking Events

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/12/08/3-ways-break-ice-holiday-networking-events/

** And in general too.

The Science Of Politely Ending A Conversation

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3038950/evidence/the-science-of-politely-ending-a-conversation

** Sometimes you get into a conversation and the other person is relentless in chewing your ear off. (I’m guilty of that at times; it’s a bad habit and I am far more aware of it now.)

Top 10 Myths of Networking: De-Bunked!

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-new-grads/networking-myths.shtml

** It’s about building and maintaining relationships.

4 Tips for Networking with Someone for the First Time

http://www.newyork.com/articles/jobs/4-tips-for-networking-with-someone-for-the-first-time-89394/

** The dating analogy (minus the romantic aspects, as she says) is very apt. It is an investment in an ongoing relationship.

 

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COVER LETTERS

 

The Perfect Cover Letter Template to Show Off Your Skills

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-perfect-cover-letter-template-to-show-off-your-skills

** I don’t believe there is a perfect template. But this definitely is useful for guidance.

5 Most Ridiculous Cover Letters

http://blog.aha.io/index.php/ridiculous-cover-letters-examples/

** Facepalm-inducing. But cathartic in a dark humor kind of way.

How to Write a Cover Letter or Cover Email

http://susanireland.com/letter/how-to/

** Some good stuff here.

 

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RESUMES

 

What’s a Resume For?

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2013/02/whats-resume-for.html

** A resume gets you an interview. That’s its only role IMHO.

3 Tips To Get Your Resume In The ‘Yes’ Pile

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-yes-pile/

** What really concerns me is the enormous emphasis on reverse engineering the ATS filters. This needs to be a human process.

Will your resume pass an ATS scan?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4726/will-your-resume-pass-an-ats-scan

** You need multiple versions. At issue is “reverse engineering” what will go through the ATS. I have a gut feeling that as candidates get better at this, the filtering system will get changed – making it an ongoing arms race to figure out how to penetrate the defenses.

Rev Up Your Resume for 2015!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/rev-up-your-resume-2015-liz-ryan

** I feel a column coming on.

How to Make Your Resume Pass the 10-Second Test

http://www.newyork.com/articles/jobs/how-to-make-your-resume-pass-the-10-second-test-41105/

** Make it easy for them to read! Remember, it’s a marketing document, nothing more. Format is as important as content.

Personal Interests to List on Your Resume that Get People’s Attention

http://www.newyork.com/articles/jobs/personal-interests-to-list-on-your-resume-that-get-peoples-attention-79417/

** Mixed feelings about this. But if an interest can be shown to have a transferrable skill to the job… I say go for it.

Does a Short Term Job Belong on Your Resume?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-short-term-job-belong-your-resume-lisa

** I believe honesty is the best policy here. If you leave something off your resume, but it gets found out, it will raise more questions than if you do include it and answer questions proactively.

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

Keeping Up Appearances in Interviews

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/keeping-up-appearances-in-interviews/

** There is a look bias. Alas. One technique I’ve read about and use is that if you have something “unusual” about you (in my case, wearing a yarmulke), tell the person before you meet. That gives the person time to get over whatever emotional shock and negative reaction they might have – at your weight, tattoos, etc. – and re-engage their rational mind by the time they actually meet you. I don’t know if it works, but it makes sense to me.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Interviewing

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/five-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-start-interviewing.aspx

** Some good thoughts for consideration.

How To Prepare Yourself For The Offbeat Interview Question

http://www.pure-jobs.com/blog/entry/1148-how-to-prepare-yourself-for-the-offbeat-interview-question

** I can understand using these sparingly in an interview; a couple of interviews I’ve had seem to have had an excess of these.

6 Ways to Update Your Executive Interview Skills

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

** Applies at every level, actually.

Job Interview Question: How Would You Describe Yourself?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/topinterviewanswers/qt/describe-yourself.htm

** Very similar to “Tell me about yourself.”

10 Job Interview Tips From A CEO Headhunter

http://www.fastcompany.com/1839723/10-job-interview-tips-ceo-headhunter

** Prepare, prepare, prepare.

How to Establish an Advantage in Job Interviews

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-new-grads/job-interview-advantage.shtml

** Again, differentiation.

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

(GYSS #21): Jenny Foss – Create A Stellar Personal Brand Both Online and Offline and the Key Great Introductions When Networking       

http://genysuccess.com/2014/12/26/jenny-foss/

** 40+ minute voice interview.

Professional authenticity: Can you be too authentic online?

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/09/professional-authenticity-can-you-be-too-authentic-online/

** Some self-censorship is necessary. At the same time, do you really want to work for a company where the people get the vapors and need smelling salts over, say, a picture of you holding a beer at a party? Related:

The Impact of Social Media on Recruiters and Your Next Employer

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/social-media-impact.shtml

** Ditto my previous comment. Compare and contrast: holding a beer vs. doing a funnel; bikini shot at a beach vs. topless selfie; a serious and thoughtful letter to the editor vs. a raving-and-profanity-laced facebook rant about <something>.

STFU: The Coming Age of Self Censorship

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stfu-coming-age-self-censorship-dave-pell

** I commented. And a quote from my first essay on SM and candidate-vetting:

“Hiring managers and human resources people search the internet for indications about a candidate’s personality, character, and human failings – and then are shocked and horrified to discover candidates have personalities, characters, and human failings.”

15 Smoking Hot Ways to Use LinkedIn for Job Search

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/20-smoking-hot-ways-use-linkedin-job-search/

** LinkedIn is an amazing tool for networking and job searching. If you’re not on LI, you need to be.

Are we being judged for the company we keep?

http://www.winningimpression.com/are-we-being-judged-by-the-company-we-keep/

** She asks if we’re going too far with this. MHO – a resounding YES.

The Definitive Social Media To-Do List For Job Seekers

http://www.careerealism.com/social-media-to-do-list-job-seekers/

** How do you keep up with all of these??

How To Use Blogging To Attract Job Offers

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/blogging-for-job-offers/

** Jacob actually sent this to me – thanks!

 

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GENERAL

 

How You’re Pissing People Off Without Even Realizing It

http://blog.alexandralevit.com/wcw/2014/11/how-youre-pissing-people-off-without-even-realizing-it.html

** Alas, I’m guilty of some of these… I think we all are.

5 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Email Signature

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025208/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/5-common-mistakes-youre-making-with-your-email-signature

** Useful.

How To Write A Thank-You Note That Gets You The Job

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-great-thank-you-notes-2014-6

** As I’ve said before, I am floored at how many people don’t write thank you notes.

3 Ways To Make Sure Your New Hire Is A Cultural Fit

http://www.businessinsider.com/3-ways-to-make-sure-your-new-hire-is-a-cultural-fit-2014-12

** And remember this needs to be a two-way investigation.

References: Are Written or Verbal Better?

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/08/25/references-are-written-or-verbal-better/

** Remember, most companies will only give “name, rank, and serial number”; in particular, many instruct managers to defer to HR to avoid potential lawsuits. Which, then, prompts a question: If you, as a potential employer, prohibit your line managers from giving references, why then do you insist that the references candidates give must be their managers?

 

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

What’s the Next Big Thing in Recruiting

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

 

** Insights about where and how recruiters will be looking for people.

How to Negotiate a Job Offer if You Are the Employer

http://www.wikihow.com/Negotiate-a-Job-Offer-if-You-Are-the-Employer

** What are they thinking when they decide it’s time to talk money?

Here’s Exactly What A Hiring Manager Scans For When Reviewing Resumes

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-recruiters-read-resumes-for-jobs-2014-10

** Video. I think a large part is determined by format too.

5 Things Job Candidates Obsess Over That Hiring Managers Don’t Care About

http://www.fastcompany.com/3039911/5-things-job-candidates-obsess-over-that-hiring-managers-dont-care-about

** Insights. And more:

How To Understand Your Interviewer’s Hidden Agenda

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-interview-questions-understanding-interviewers-hidden-agenda/

Here’s The Surprising Question One CEO Asks At The Start Of Every Job Interview

http://www.businessinsider.com/one-ceos-surprising-job-interview-question-2014-12

** Never been asked this, but I think it’s a good one!

15 Things I Look for When I Interview People

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2008/05/19/15-things-i-look-for-when-i-interview-people/

** There’s a lot to keep track of here!

 

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SALARY

 

Choose Your Words Wisely to Win a Negotiation

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/nov/10-words-bind

** Some interesting insights into the negotiation process.

10 Tips to Use Psychology to Win Higher Salary Negotiation

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/higher-salary-negotiation-infographic/

** Very good. Just remember, you may not be in a position to exercise #10: walking away.

When The Job Offer Comes In Low

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/12/08/when-the-job-offer-comes-in-low/

** Don’t recall if I already had this one, but it’s a good one and worthy of an (accidental) repeat.

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