Job Search Article Aggregate – March 20, 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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In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m 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 6

** The latest in my series of unusual and “penetrating” questions to ask on interviews.

Two Kinds of People in the World

** Thoughts on how the two different kinds of people in the world view and react to new information that doesn’t match what they already believe.

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

Case Study: Choosing Plastics for a LEGO Toy Truck

** A walk-through of how I selected plastics, and shrink rates for molding, on this application. This has been republished by the Society of Plastics Engineers, and one university professor told me he assigned his students to read it.




How To Research An Employer Before A Job Interview

** A good story and useful tips. Related:

How To Vet Employers and Why You Should

** You cannot not do this!

7 ways to set yourself apart in the job search

** It’s all about differentiation! Related:

Good Grief! Listen to the Employer and Learn What They Value!

** Put yourself in their shoes; it’ll give you a leg up!

How To Defeat Any Form of Job Search Discrimination

** VERY important.

Getting Interview Feedback – Basic Tips

** My take is “good luck” – very rarely can you actually get feedback.

How to Cut Your Jobsearch in Half

** Strong foundational questions to ask yourself.






Why Ageism Isn’t Your Real Problem

** Yes and no. I agree that if you can convey your value, you have a chance like everyone else. At issue, though, is the fact that you may not even get the chance the moment they see you are an older person.

Over 50? Here’s How to Beat the ‘Old Timer’ Stereotype in Your Job Search

** Important to understand this. Related:

Why Ageism Isn’t Your Real Problem

6 Lessons from the World’s Top Hiring Managers

** What can you glean from this to use in a presentation / interview to differentiate yourself from the youngsters? And the same comment applies here:

Why Hiring Exclusively for Experience Doesn’t Make Sense

Do You Hide or Show Your Age on Your Resume?–interview-advice/5004/do-you-hide-or-show-your-age-on-your-resume

** I would argue that if you hide it, that in itself is a signal.

5 Ways You Look Out-of-Date in Your Job Search

** You need to be up to date.

Job Search Advantage of 50+

** You have assets and strengths.






How To Develop A Strong Network On LinkedIn

** LinkedIn is such a useful tool it’s incredible!

7 Networking Secrets Everyone Should Learn In Their 20s

** Wish I’d known these things in my 20’s.

Learn to Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty!

** Amen!

If You Hate to Network…

** For most people, this is not a natural activity. And related:

10 Success Tips for Reluctant Networkers

7 Ways to Truly Understand How to Network Into a Job

** It does take time!

How to Find a Hiring Manager’s Contact Info

** I’m finding more and more hiring managers push people away.

How to Craft a Memorable Elevator Pitch

** It’s a conversation starter.






10 Ways to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

** Some of this contradicts the “short and sweet” advice.

What Should Your Cover Letter Contain?

** A little “motherhood and apple pie” but essential in the basics.

How To Write A Hot Cover Letter

** I don’t know. The more you divide your attention, the less progress you actually make.

Cover Letter Tips: A – Z

** Comprehensive.

What You Need to Know About Cover Letters

** Some good ideas – after all, it’s worthless if it’s not read.

Getting into the Employer’s Frame of Mind with Your Cover Letter

** It’s got to be about them and the value you bring to them.






How to get past the robots that are reading your résumé

** If you can’t network in, you need to beat the ATS (and more companies are forbidding networking now; I’ve run up against this repeatedly at several of my target companies).

Make Your Resume Stand Out!

** A different model.

How to: Keep Up with Changing Resume Trends (Infographic)

** I can see this working if you can get it to a person. There’s a risk, though, in this being perceived as sizzle-not-steak.

3 Psychological Hurdles Standing Between You and a Better Resume

** Remember, it’s a marketing document. That doesn’t mean lie, but… what are you trying to do with it, anyway?

35 Resume Filenames Recruiters Won’t Respond To

** A huge issue. And a good excuse to bring up an essay of mine:

Resume Ruminations

6 Great Resume Resources

** Great!

Six Essentials That Recruiters Look For On Any Resume–interview-advice/5061/six-essentials-that-recruiters-look-for-on-any-resume

** Some things you can control, and some you can’t.

How Far Back Should My Resume Go?

** It’s a marketing / branding document.

7 Ways to Make Hiring Managers Say “Wow!”

** Some good ideas, but they really assume you can get a person’s attention. If you can, though, these sound really good.

CAUTION: Do NOT put this information on your RESUME

** Agree.

Even Small Resume Lies Raise Red Flags

** The old adage “A liar must have a good memory” applies here.

Why personal interests on a resume are a waste of time

** Mixed feelings on this. IMHO if a personal interest is applicable and can be a good talking point to highlight a strength, then I think it should be there if you have the room.






The 1 Most Impressive Job Interview Question to Ask

** Some really good questions; I do disagree, however, with #11. (And I think he made a typo in the title!) Instead, try this approach:

Am I A Fit?

** This way you avoid having the hiring manager try and think of something negative to associate with you.

And the correct answer to “What are your strengths?” is …

** Don’t leave the door open to an elephant; think first, then answer specifically.

How to make a lasting impression in a job interview

** Which, of course, brings up my own take:

Differentiate Yourself in an Interview: Beyond Your Background

Job Interviews: What You Say & What They Hear [VIDEO]

** There’s a definite mismatch; not only on interpretation, but on crossing lines. To wit, my essay:

Fuzzy Limits

The New Style of Job Interview Adopted By Employers for 2015–interview-advice/5207/the-new-style-of-job-interview-adopted-by-employers-for-2015

** Important to understand what the “cutting edge” might be.

How To Prepare For Difficult Interview Questions

** There’s no doubt interviews are getting tougher.

10 Interview Tips

** Excellent basics. And related:

50 Most Common Job Interview Questions

How to Ensure Your Final Round Interview Lands You the Job

** If you’re getting to second interviews, you’re doing something right. Can you seal the deal?

Who do you respect? Why? (Job interview question)

** Based on this essay this seems to be a trick question.






3 LinkedIn Job Search Basics For Targeting Companies

** There are so many benefits to targeting companies, not specific jobs, it’s hard to capture them all.

4 Job Seeker Blogging Strategies That Will Get You Noticed and Hired

** Nice ideas for those blog-inclined.

4 Ways to Use Big Data in Your Job Hunt

** You have to be findable.

Do Job Seekers Need a Premium LinkedIn Account?

** IMHO it’s worth it.






How useful is pre-employment personality testing?

** Quote: “When there’s a test to fall back on, managers inevitably step back from responsibility and surrender to the test, instead of asking the tougher questions.” Which is something I’ve been saying for… how long now?

8 Business Body Language Tricks That Help Advance Your Career

** Some good points. Just remember, it’s possible to overthink this. More:

15 Body Language Blunders Successful People Never Make

** Again, interesting, but don’t become paralyzed through over-analysis:

Why Body Language Matters In Life [INFOGRAPHIC]

** I’m bookmarking this one… and one particular data point: “People size you up within 2 seconds.” Which brings up:

7 seconds – why that’s all you may have to succeed or fail at interview

** And thanks to Neil Patrick for reblogging my essay. Please check his site out!

25 Ways to Breathe Life into a Painfully Long Job Search

** And never, ever give up. And two related articles:

Practical Ideas For Job Seekers Who Think They’ve Tried Everything

How to Revitalize Your Job Hunt

3 Tips For Following Up After Submitting Your Resume

** And there’s a fine line between persistent and pest!

Success tips for using email and voicemail to get hired

** Communication is key. Related:

Get The Interview: 5 Tips For Leaving A Great Voicemail

Five Must-Have Documents for Executive Job Search Success

** Not just for executives.

7 Things Job Seekers Do That Instantly Turn Employers Off

** The first rule: don’t screw up.






How to Avoid Making a Bad Hire: Follow This One Easy Tip

** The Number One fear of hiring managers: being the one to make a DA DUH DAAAA “bad hire”.

How to Interview Candidates in 3D to Determine a Cultural Fit

** If you’re in the room, they think you can do the job. The question then is “Will you fit in?”

9 Things You Wish Job Candidates Knew

** Very useful to understand!

Birchbox co-CEO: How to nail a job interview

** Useful perspective.






You are almost certainly starting salary negotiations wrong

** Going counter to the conventional wisdom.

Addressing Salary Requirements In Cover Letter

** Some interesting approaches.

Find Out How Much You Are Worth to Employers

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