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 try to 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.
Show Me the Stupid
** Every company has them: those policies, practices, or just things-that-happen that make an outside observer do a facepalm. Here is a collection of such things, presented without comment in an effort to get people to start looking at their own organization with fresh eyes.
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.
I’m going to, at random, hype an essay from earlier on – changing every time:
Pianos, Cost Savings, and Innovation
** Why won’t employees innovate anymore? A better question is “Why should employees innovate?”.
One more shameless self-plug… I just published a short sci-fi/fantasy/romance piece of fiction on my blog. If you have a shred of interest in science fiction, fantasy, or a hint of a romantic in your character, please do consider reading it:
Fiction: “Butterfly Dreams”
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TOP OF THE FOLD
7 Reasons Employers Will Hire You
** Think like a hiring manager. Related:
3 Employer Concerns Every Job Candidate Must Address
** Remember, many hiring managers are swamped with resumes; they’re looking for a way to wash you out. The First Rule: don’t wash out immediately. (Make ’em work for a reason! 😉 )
How To Get A Job You’re Not Qualified For
** This is a must-read.
8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask In A Job Interview
** Some good questions, but the golden nugget is in the intro: get the hiring manager to think of you as already on the team.
5 Ways to Separate Yourself as a Job Seeker
** Differentiation. Remember, you are selling yourself, to wit:
How Sales Tactics Can Get You a Job
** IMHO it’s a lot harder to figure out what salary to ask for than this article implies; it’s very much a black art.
My Thoughts on Job Interviews: Natural Behavior vs. Expected Behavior
** Read the whole thing – very insightful. Yes, we all put on a face at work. And somewhat related:
Five Lies You’ll Hear On Your Job Search
** Excellent… if only it was that easy.
How to be a cultural fit
** Just remember, cultural fit goes both ways. If you have time, contact industry/trade groups and attend meetings – companies have a reputation. Listen to that feedback and take it seriously. If, for example, when talking with someone about a particular company and they scoff and ask “Oh, that sweatshop?” that’s a huge warning sign.
FOR OLDER WORKERS
Why employers should harness the potential of older workers
** Very useful to use in a discussion.
How to identify high potential employees
** How can you, as an experienced person, leverage these insights to present yourself in a better light?
Older Job Seeker? Stop Making These Mistakes Immediately
** And another article on older workers and the job search from the same site:
40 Tips for Job Seekers Over 40
10 Habits of Remarkably Powerful Networkers
** I’d add “Be helpful.”
The 6 Networking Mistakes Women (And Men) Make
** All good. And two other good ones on networking from the same author:
My Two Very Simple Rules for Networking
My (New) Third Very Simple Rule of Networking
** I highly endorse the idea in this last one! Meet and cultivate relationships with people that are different than you.
60 Seconds Of Networking Advice
** Worth reading, and I endorse the idea of keeping records.
A Master Networker Shares His Top 20 Networking Tips
** Somehow I doubt this is something everyone can do. Good inspiration, no doubt, but…
10 Rules of cover letter writing
** 11: Translate your experience, as selected from your resume, into what you can do for their bottom line. Three related pieces at the bottom.
How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience
** Focused on younger people, but broad advice nonetheless.
5 Cover Letter Cliches That Make Employers Cringe
** I cringed.
How to Write a Great Cover Letter
All good points.
Go Ahead. Use An Infographic Resume
** Great if you can get it into a human’s hands!
The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, Part 2: Your top 8 questions
My Personal Formula for a Winning Resume
** Sounds… familiar:
The New Formula for Resume Success
** Thanks to YouTern for republishing my essay! And in a similar vein:
The Right Way to Use Overused Words In Your Resume
10 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume
** In reference to #8: At least put your city. Employers want to know.
5 Little Resume Tweaks Employers Are Begging For
** Wait… I thought the “Objective Statement” was out of favor. Ultimately, you can lay resume consultants end-to-end and not reach more than broad-brush conclusions.
The One-Question Interview
** That would be a stumper if hit with it blindly. Wow.
How to Stand Out During the Interview: Use These 25 Questions
** A couple of years old but very good.
6 questions to ensure you get a “yes” at your next interview
** Ask to stay in touch, but I’ve not had much luck with that.
Here’s Why I Won’t Hire Anyone Until I Take Them to Lunch First
** The meal is part of the interview! 1) Don’t season you’re food before you taste it, 2) use utensils correctly; 3) be nice to the wait staff; 4) watch what the interviewer does… how they treat the waiter is how they’ll treat you in six months. (That last also applies to dating!)
30 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview
** I think I’m guilty of a couple of these. And related:
How to Blow a Job Interview in Less than 5 Minutes
** An interesting observation on arrival time. And a bunch of other resources to browse as well! (Resumes, cover letters, and networking too!) More on this:
Mistakes and blunders to avoid in your next job interview
** The first rule: don’t screw up!
The One Job Interview Question That Blows Recruiters Away
** This is a stellar question to ask.
Still talking about “we” during an interview?
** I do agree the interview is about the person, but… there is a balance between being a glory-hog, and sharing credit where it’s due. Where that line is, however, is a mystery.
How to Answer Strange Interview Questions?
** Why do they really ask these questions? Related:
What to Say If an Interviewer Asks Which Animal You Would Be and Why
** I have the cynical impression, just a gut feel, that one of the reasons these kinds of questions are asked is to test just how eager-beaver (or desperate) a candidate is for the job by testing their patience with pop-psychology questions like this.
How To Effectively Demonstrate Your Value In A Job Interview
** Don’t forget the SPARTACUS approach:
How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate
** As always, I’m glad Neil Patrick likes my stuff enough to have republished his on his blog!
BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA
Personal Branding 101
** It’s marketing. So here’s a question: at what point does the marketing evolve to the point where you are not you?
How To Find The BEST Keywords For Your LinkedIn Profile
** Word clouds can also be very useful.
Secrets To Managing Your Online Visibility
** Short and to the point.
To Get What You Want, Say What You Want
** Want the job? Say so.
The 7 Things I Learned When I Got Fired (Again)
** Just because you were fired from company A doesn’t mean you won’t work out well at company B. A critical point: not everyone fits into every company.
How to Find Jobs Using Employer Websites
** Good resources.
Personality Tests and the Rise of the Hiring Machines
** I personally view using tests like this as a cop-out, not to mention the effect on a person’s fit into growth, not just the slot being considered:
The Lazlo Emergency Commission Report
** Another one of my essays, republished/reblogged on 40pluscareerguru.
Bringing Your “A” Game: 5 Tips For Acing A Job Fair
** The real benefit is the networking while you stand in line waiting to talk to company representatives.
UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE
Can Science Be Used To Hire Kick-Ass Teams?
** There are things that can advise; if a company uses tests and computer games or other screening tools as the determining factor… run. For a whole litany of reasons. Still, understand that a lot of companies are going to use these.
Job Applicants: Why Negotiation Techniques Are Crucial
** To have any sort of strength in negotiation, you need to have the ability to say “no” and walk away. And five more negotiation-related articles:
How to Negotiate Your Next Salary – Ask #HR Bartender
Job Hunting? Here’s How to Negotiate a Higher Opening Salary
Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Executive Compensation
The Art of Salary Negotiation During the Job Interview
A Step-by-Step Guide to Salary Negotiation
Do You Know How Much You’re Worth?
** Some good places to look to try and get a handle on what number range to quote when asked. And some more places to look for guidance in targeting that range to give:
Find Out How Much You Are Worth to Employers