Job Search Article Aggregate – January 31, 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 try to post one of these about every 5-7 days.

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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/3138/

** 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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/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”

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/fiction-butterfly-dreams/

** If you like it, please forward on to others.  If you have suggestions on how I might improve the story, please leave them in the comments so I can use them as guidance for my next sci-fi/fantasy story (already in progress).

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

7 Reasons Employers Will Hire You

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/7-reasons-employers-will-hire-you/

** Think like a hiring manager. Related:

3 Employer Concerns Every Job Candidate Must Address

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/30/3-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-get-job-youre-qualified-liz-ryan

** This is a must-read.

8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask In A Job Interview

http://www.inc.com/jerome-ternynck/8-questions-every-candidate-should-ask-during-job-interviews.html

** 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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/separate-yourself-as-job-seeker/

** Differentiation. Remember, you are selling yourself, to wit:

How Sales Tactics Can Get You a Job

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/01/16/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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-thoughts-job-interviews-natural-behavior-vs-expected-karthik-rajan

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/five-lies-youll-hear-your-job-search-liz-ryan

** Excellent… if only it was that easy.

How to be a cultural fit

http://www.keppiecareers.com/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.

 

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Why employers should harness the potential of older workers

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/20/employers-harness-potential-older-workers

** Very useful to use in a discussion.

How to identify high potential employees

http://www.thenational.ae/business/the-life/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

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/older-job-search-mistakes/

** And another article on older workers and the job search from the same site:

40 Tips for Job Seekers Over 40

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/40-tips-for-job-seekers-over-40/

 

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NETWORKING

 

10 Habits of Remarkably Powerful Networkers

http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/10-habits-of-remarkably-powerful-networkers.html

** I’d add “Be helpful.”

The 6 Networking Mistakes Women (And Men) Make

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140611112558-174077701-the-6-networking-mistakes-we-women-make

** All good. And two other good ones on networking from the same author:

My Two Very Simple Rules for Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130710130036-174077701-my-two-very-simple-rules-for-networking

My (New) Third Very Simple Rule of Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130805103249-174077701-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

http://www.careerealism.com/60-seconds-of-networking-advice/

** Worth reading, and I endorse the idea of keeping records.

A Master Networker Shares His Top 20 Networking Tips

http://www.businessinsider.com/jon-levy-top-networking-tips-2015-1

** Somehow I doubt this is something everyone can do. Good inspiration, no doubt, but…

 

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COVER LETTERS

 

10 Rules of cover letter writing

http://careerprocanada.ca/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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2015/01/21/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

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/01/21/5-cover-letter-cliches-that-make-employers-cringe

** I cringed.

How to Write a Great Cover Letter

http://www.cio.com/article/2877934/resumes/how-to-write-a-great-cover-letter.html

All good points.

 

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RESUMES

 

Go Ahead. Use An Infographic Resume

http://careersherpa.net/go-ahead-use-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/biggest-mistakes-i-see-resumes-part-2-your-top-8-questions-bock

** Insights.

My Personal Formula for a Winning Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140929001534-24454816-my-personal-formula-for-a-better-resume

** Sounds… familiar:

The New Formula for Resume Success

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/08/03/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

http://chameleonresumes.com/2015/01/19/right-way-use-overused-words-resume/

10 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-things-you-should-leave-off-your-resume-gerry-walsh

** In reference to #8: At least put your city. Employers want to know.

5 Little Resume Tweaks Employers Are Begging For

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-tweaks-employers-begging/

** 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.

 

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INTERVIEWING

 

The One-Question Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-question-interview-bob-baxley

** That would be a stumper if hit with it blindly. Wow.

How to Stand Out During the Interview: Use These 25 Questions

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/25-questions-stand-out-interview/

** A couple of years old but very good.

6 questions to ensure you get a “yes” at your next interview

http://aquent.com.au/blog/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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interviews-final-frontier-always-dine-before-you-sign-brayton

** 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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/30-things-you-should-never-say-in-a-job-interview-1

** I think I’m guilty of a couple of these. And related:

How to Blow a Job Interview in Less than 5 Minutes

http://workbloom.com/articles/interview/how-blow-job-interview-less-than-5-minutes.aspx

** 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

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/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

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/23/the-one-job-interview-question-that-blows-recruiters-away/

** This is a stellar question to ask.

Still talking about “we” during an interview?

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/01/29/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?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/5064/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

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/04/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

http://www.careerealism.com/job-interview-demonstrate-value/

** Don’t forget the SPARTACUS approach:

How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-turn-yourself-into-winning-job.html

** As always, I’m glad Neil Patrick likes my stuff enough to have republished his on his blog!

 

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Personal Branding 101

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/personal-branding-101-sallie-krawcheck

** 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

http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-best-keywords/

** Word clouds can also be very useful.

Secrets To Managing Your Online Visibility

http://careersherpa.net/secrets-managing-online-visibility/

** Short and to the point.

 

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GENERAL

 

To Get What You Want, Say What You Want

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/get-what-you-want-say-bruce-kasanoff

** Want the job? Say so.

The 7 Things I Learned When I Got Fired (Again)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20131022115438-174077701-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

http://www.job-hunt.org/findingjobs/findingjobs_employers.shtml

** Good resources.

Personality Tests and the Rise of the Hiring Machines

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201502/alix-stuart/tipsheet-the-rise-of-the-hiring-machines-.html

** 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

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-lazlo-emergency-commission-report.html

** Another one of my essays, republished/reblogged on 40pluscareerguru.

Bringing Your “A” Game: 5 Tips For Acing A Job Fair

http://www.careerealism.com/job-fair-tips-acing/

** The real benefit is the networking while you stand in line waiting to talk to company representatives.

 

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

Can Science Be Used To Hire Kick-Ass Teams?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/can-science-used-hire-kick-ass-teams-kate-morgan

** 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.

 

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SALARY

 

Job Applicants: Why Negotiation Techniques Are Crucial

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-application-negotiation/

** 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

http://www.hrbartender.com/2015/recruiting/negotiate-next-salary-ask-hr-bartender/

Job Hunting? Here’s How to Negotiate a Higher Opening Salary

http://www.mainstreet.com/article/job-hunting-heres-how-to-negotiate-a-higher-opening-salary

Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Executive Compensation

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/mistakes-to-avoid-when-negotiating-your-executive-compensation.aspx

The Art of Salary Negotiation During the Job Interview

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/the-art-of-salary-negotiation-during-the-job-interview/

A Step-by-Step Guide to Salary Negotiation

https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3267-7-scripts-to-negotiate-at-work/1

Do You Know How Much You’re Worth?

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/01/13/do-you-know-how-much-youre-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

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/find-out-how-much-you-are-worth-to-employers.php

 

4 thoughts on “Job Search Article Aggregate – January 31, 2015

  1. Dave, Wow, what a great collection! You obviously do a lot of reading! Thank you for mentioning my work and I hope others appreciate the hard work that goes into curating such a collection!

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