Job Search Article Aggregate – Jan 22, 2015

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 in the same boat is by aggregating these into my on-going series of “Article Aggregate” posts. For reference, I generally post one of these about every 5-7 days.

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In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m going to start putting links to the last two Original Essays I’ve published here at the top. Reverse-chronological order. These will, of course, change as I publish new ones.

Ask 5: Some more penetrating questions to ask at interviews

** The fifth in a series of “penetrating questions” for job seekers to ask in interviews.

Resume Ruminations

** I’ve seen a lot of pieces of advice on resumes: e.g., general formatting, key words, and so on, and I’ve got a RESUME section, below, too. But here are some tidbits I think are relevant, but haven’t seen most of them elsewhere.

And I’m going to, at random, hype an essay from earlier on – changing every time:

The “O” Word 2

** Thoughts about how to preemptively strike at being called “overqualified.”






Right Or Wrong: “If You Are Out Of Job For 2 Years, You Won’t Find One Anymore”

** Wrong… but you do need to show you’re not sitting on the couch doing nothing.

What To Say When An Interviewer Calls You At A Bad Time

** May have already posted this before… but it bears repeating. An unscheduled call out of the blue is one thing. Being told to sit by the phone, waiting for them to call “whenever”, is another and an indication of their culture.

3 Big Mistakes That Block Job Search Success!

** Some very good thoughts here.

What I Have Learned While Job Hunting

** Read this; read this again. I certainly sympathize! But here’s a question for employers: do you think the attitude of this person, as justifiable as I would opine it is, will carry over when they land? Of course. And do you think that it will infect others? Of course. The way companies treat people is contaminating the entire workforce:

Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir

Will Periods of Unemployment Be the New Norm?

** Understanding the landscape is critical.

40 Common Reasons Recruiters May Reject You

** I commented.

How to Make Sure Your Business Cards Get Noticed (Not Thrown in the Trash)

** A good business card is a must. Don’t just dash something off.

Job Hunting? A Talent Recruiter Shares How To Stand Out

** Four pages of gold.






Applying for jobs without experience? Here’s how to build and sell your skills

** Insights on transferrable skills.

8 Things to Avoid in Your Executive Job Search

** Not just for executives, of course.

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

** From 2013, and still applies.






The Terrible Networking Mistake That Almost Everyone Makes

** An excellent approach when introducing two people.

How to Handle a ‘Networking’ Coffee

** Excellent DOs and DON’Ts

What My Dog Taught Me About Networking

** You don’t just network in formal events. Any contact with someone else is a networking opportunity. I heard, anecdotally, of a six-figure job being landed because of a conversation in a supermarket.

The Psychology of Networking: How Some Appear Natural While Others Stutter

** I agree 117%. The problem is that companies are so lean these days it’s hard to get onto someone’s schedule to develop that relationship.

9 Major Networking No-No’s

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

The Art Of Networking

** And give, give, give.






8 Resources to Help You Nail Your Next Cover Letter

** Collection of links to cover letter advice.

The Cover Letters That Make Hiring Managers Smile (Then Call You)

** Use your cover letter to translate your resume – what you’ve done – into their understanding of what you can do for them.

How to Create a Reader-Based Cover Letter and Résumé

** Make it easy for them to want to interview you.






4 Things You Must Have In Your Resume Profile

** Quote: “Of all the sections in a resume, the Resume Profile, or Profile Summary, is the only section everyone will read.”

19 Warning Signs Your Resume Stinks

** Interesting that some of these, e.g., dates and putting months AND years, goes counter to the “conventional wisdom”; though overall some good advice.

42 Resume Dos and Don’ts Every Job Seeker Should Know

** A good collection of advice.

The Top 4 Resume Tips From Career Professionals

** Good things.

Will Your Resume Pass the “Sink-or-Swim” Test?

** The “sink or swim” mentality in hiring.






How To Salvage A Job Interview

** Good advice; the trick is to recognize when it’s starting to go south – before it’s too late. Then again, it may already be over:

Review Sheet: 10 Important Interview Prep Checklist Steps

** Fundamentals.

5 Ways to Use Humor Effectively in a Job Interview

** Humor can be incredibly effective at building a rapport, but it’s also a very risky thing.

18 Things To Bring On A Job Interview

** I disagree with having references on-hand ready to give them. Depending on who you talk with, and the specifics of the interview, you probably will want to customize your references accordingly. Also, handing over contact information now gives license to that company to contact people. Rather, I suggest saying something like “I’m thrilled that you want references! Please give me a day to forwarn my references that you may be contacting them, out of courtesy to them, and you will have my reference list within 48 hours.”

Interview Question: What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve it?

** That’s an interesting one!

How You Can Be the “Right Fit” Candidate

** On one hand, I agree; “fit” into culture and team are critical. But it becomes a popularity contest, and a convenient excuse to rule people out a priori “because, that’s why”.

How to Answer This Question – What’s Your Greatest Strength?

** There’s a hidden question inside that question.

How to answer the interview question ‘What attracted you to this role?’.

** This is not the place for “the money”.

Overcoming The Interviews From Hell

** Ever had one of these?

3 Ways to Instantly Connect With Your Interviewer

** Just don’t over do it; nothing can turn off an interviewer as when they consciously grasp that you’re mirroring them.






3 Reasons Why No Social Media Presence Is a Bigger Red Flag Than a Dodgy Profile

** Here’s my problem. If you have no presence, that’s a red flag. If you have too much of a “sharing” presence, that’s a red flag. There’s no standard, no nothing – so what this really becomes is just another excuse to rule you out if they don’t want you.

Any Value Proposition Hinges on the Answer to One Question

** If you are looking for work, you are in sales and marketing.

Should we all turn off Linkedin Notifications permanently?

** Some useful insights into how LI notifications work.

Why You Should Never Cross-Post on Social Media

** Subtle.

The top 10 trust-melters on your social media

** How is trust built when you’re only communicating through the internet? Good question, some answers here.

Six Rules To Being A Social Jobseeker

** Ultimately, IMHO, it’s about building credibility.






5 Ways Your Thank You Note Could Lose You the Job

** This is no time to relax. More:

3 Ways to Lose a Job Before You Get It

** And if a specific problem was mentioned, can you give some direction as to a solution?

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

** Quote: “I am not talking about the odd occasion of lateness. I am talking about people who are routinely late. In fact, never on time. You know who I am talking about!” There are legitimate reasons for being late; always be apologetic, cite your reason, then leave it alone.

Job Hunting Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

** Broad advice.

The 6 W’s of thank-you notes

** I still shake my head that there are people who don’t send these.

Don’t Let Your Job Define You

** It’s sad, but your employer will dump you in a cold second if it serves a purpose. You cannot – cannot! – afford to be loyal anymore. In this day and age of people being expendable assets, you need to protect yourself.

4 Ways You’re Being Too Aggressive in Your Job Search

** Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re over the limit; some of these clearly are.

6 Ways Candidates Can Build Talent Pools for Their Professional Communities and Recruiters–interview-advice/3989/6-ways-candidates-can-build-talent-pools-for-their-professional-communities-and-recruiters

** One way to get attention is to be a connector.

References are Not an Afterthought

** That’s right. They’re a critical part of your search… don’t let the only time they hear from you be when you need a reference!

25 Ways to Breathe Life into a Painfully Long Job Search

** Useful tips.






Avoid These Hiring Mistakes! [SLIDES]

** Slideshow. Useful insights. And a couple of points “pop up” in several different slides.

Why You Should Hire For Personality, Not Just Experience

** Remember, it’s not just about your ability, but your “fit”.

The 8 interview questions you need to start asking

** Be prepared for these questions – they’re pretty good. Just be careful of #7; it smacks of:

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

9 Red Flags You Can Spot on Bad Resumes

** What can get you weeded-out a priori? Very-much related:

How to See Through Misleading Resumes

** An interesting and possibly inadvertent revealing tidbit is this: “But what happens a [candidate doesn’t match the marketing on the resume?] … I’ll tell you what happens – the employee gets fired, and the repercussions land on your lap.” And there, right there, is the reason why – IMHO – hiring managers are so skittish.

4 components employers are looking for in job candidates.

** Insightful.

Top 10 Tips for Hiring the Right Employee

** What are they reading?

Best Interview Questions to Ask Applicants

** Anticipate.






Should You Mention Your Salary Expectations In The Interview?

** Good points. My personal belief: no.

A Fail-Safe Guide to Salary Negotiation [SLIDES]

** Not bad; not as much new here as I’d thought though.

How to Negotiate Your Next Salary – Ask #HR Bartender

** Interview w/ some good info.


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