Job Search Article Aggregate – April 1, 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.

The Threat of AI: The Slow Fade

** Many people have commented on potential dangers of artificial intelligence. Here’s what I think the biggest danger might be.

Fix the Problem XII: When Chemicals Attack

** Chemical attack and corrosion is a huge issue, whether in design or in failure analysis. This essay contains three short vignettes from my career, along with lessons learned, about chemicals attacking a product or piece of equipment.

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

Fix the Problem III: Ink Adhesion to Plastics

** Case study about adhesion to plastics, and how it was solved.





How to Create a Portfolio to Boost Your Job Search [INFOGRAPHIC]

** Really good thoughts on a portfolio. The only thing I disagree with is providing references up-front. Depending on what is revealed during the interview, it’s my experience that I choose my references accordingly based on what seems to be important to the employer.

7 ways to prevent burnout in the job search

** It’s hard to avoid, especially when you get rejection after rejection after rejection.

Personality vs. Skill – the Hiring Debate

** So many important points – but for job seekers, the critical one is this: How can you leverage your personality and innate abilities to get someone to bypass possible skill gaps? What’s really important? Related:

Job Searching? 19 Creative Ways To Build Your Target Company List

** This is a critical activity.

The 6 job interviews you can never win

** Understand what you’re up against.

Why “The Unemployed Need Not Apply” Need Not Apply to You

** There is a bias, but it can be overcome.



Her Savvy Career

** Quite a lot of good advice here. (Career Tools Page)

** Excellent collection of stuff.

Joanne Meehl Career Services

** And I have one of her articles below, too.


** Amazing collection of articles and advice.

>>>> If you contact these people for help, please tell them you heard about them through me. I get brownie points (just those, but those are good too).



Social Hire

** Didn’t realize they had one!

American Wind Energy Association

** I know I’ve also seen one for solar, but I can’t find it – it’s out there though.

Jobs at



The Over 50 Technology Culture Clash

** The question is “How much ‘tech savvy’ is sufficient?” People who didn’t grow up immersed in the stuff will never keep up with those for whom it is second nature. So the key is differentiating yourself in another variable or two.

What’s the real cost of ageism?

** And there is a cost.

What’s Next? 10 Tips for Career Changers

** Important stuff.

4 Simple Ways To Overcome The Age Factor In Your Resume

** Good advice, but I’ll repeat myself: the more of these “age concealing” tactics you use, the more savvy resume readers will flag you as “old fart”.



Can’t Spare the Time to Network? Can You Afford Not To?

** You cannot not be networking. Period. End of story.

If You Bring Your Resume, It’s NOT a Networking Meeting

** I commented.

Entering And Exiting Networking Conversations

** Very good. Related:

5 Ways to Break the Ice at Networking Events

22 Ways to Use the Internet when Someone Ignores Your Cold Calls

** Novel, albeit longer-term, ways to cultivate reticent contacts.

6 Lessons You Need To Learn Before Writing Your Next Follow-Up Email

** Important for networking follow-up.

How To Effectively Reach Out To Hiring Managers

** Definitely the ones you want to reach.

Successful Networking Tips You Need to Know

** And help others.

Small Talk Can Lead to Good Connections

** Anecdotally, I heard of a six-figure job being landed because of a conversation in a supermarket checkout line. You never know.

How to Leverage Alumni Networking on LinkedIn to Find a Job

** The nice thing about alumni ties is that you have that common bond already.



‘Activate’ Your Cover Letter

** Simple, simple, simple. It doesn’t help if it’s not read.

What Should Your Cover Letter Contain?

** Got to have the basics.



Why It’s Important to Inject Your Personality into Your Resume

** I’ve read that you should (e.g., in this article); I’ve also read that you should not.

The Do’s and Don’ts to Writing a Rockin’ Resume! [INFOGRAPHIC]

** Nicely presented.

Gaping Gap? How To Plug Holes In Your Work History

** The thing that bothers me is that the economy these days has sucked canal water for so long, you would think that hiring managers would grasp this – alas, many don’t. Related:

Productive Ways to Fill Resume Gaps

7 Steps to Writing a Resume That Beats Application Tracking Systems

** I’ve seen statistics that up to 75% of qualified candidates don’t get through the ATS filter.

The Resume Skills Section: An Outdated Way to Get Interviews

** I have to admit I’m having trouble keeping up with the latest “gimmicks” to beat the ATS.

Why Your Resume Is BORING

** You need multiple resumes. But IMHO they’re multiplying beyond reason. Related:

How Many Versions of My Résumé Do I Need?

3 Trade Secrets on How to Write an Achievement-Based Executive Resume Bullet

** Sounds very familiar:

Resume AVeNReTYA

** My formatting method to give your resume bullet points high caliber impact.

How Executive Search Firms Review Resumes/CVs

** Knowing how resumes are read/reviewed is critical.



Rejection Review – 7 Reasons For Not Getting the Job

** I think there are some other reasons too, one of which was just mentioned to me by a friend who is a recruiter. HR people may officially give name-rank-and-serial-number, but a recruiter I know confirmed that there are back-channel communication channels. This recruiter told me that people get blackballed regionally; they have seen this happen.

The Worst Things You Can Do at an Interview

** Definitely ways to shoot yourself in the foot. More:

Top 5 Interview Mistakes to Avoid–interview-advice/5206/top-5-interview-mistakes-to-avoid

The Only Two Questions that Matter At Your Job Interview

** Yeah, I can see how everything boils down to these two.

Revealing Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

** You have to ask questions.

Showing an Employer You’ve Got “Fit” – Part 1: What is “Fit”?

Showing an Employer You’ve Got “Fit” – Part 2: Demonstrating Your Fit

** Qualifications only get you in the door. It’s as much, if not more, about “fit” as raw qualifications.

Overlooked Rules of Professional Etiquette

** Useful perspective.

DO’s and DONT’s – TIPS for Interview Preparation

** Foundational. And related:

17 Clever Ways to Interview Like a Pro

** Fundamentals.

How to Shine in a Second Interview

** Very good advice. Related:

Seven Tips for a Successful Interview

Would You Rather be Liked or Respected?

** I vote for respected.

5 Interview Secrets That Will Help You Beat The Competition

** Differentiation, baby! Related:

What Makes You Different from Other Job Candidates?

How to avoid bunny trailing in job interviews

** Never heard the term before. But this is good advice. Babbling will bury you. Far, far better to answer succinctly, and let them ask for more. On occasion, for a particularly in-depth answer, ask “… and did that answer your question?”

The 20 Hardest Questions to Be Asked in an Interview [STUDY]

** Prepare. You can’t anticipate everything, but you can anticipate common questions.

Six Reasons You’ve Failed the Interview Before It’s Even Over

** A critical quote: “Many hiring managers do state that they make a decision on whether the candidate is suitable or not for the role by the way that they introduce themselves.” Which reinforces:

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

** And thanks to Neil Patrick for republishing my essay on his blog!



Sample Interview Thank You Letter (The Best I’ve Ever Read)

** What a great example!

Getting Interview Feedback – Basic Tips

** Your odds are low, but they’re zero if you don’t try.

The Interview Thank You Email vs. Letter vs. Note

** I vote for a thank you email to everyone, and a follow-on hand-written one to the hiring manager.

17 Clever Ways to Interview Like a Pro

** Fundamentals.



14 traits of a winning LinkedIn group

** LinkedIn groups are fantastic

Why Video Doesn’t Always Work

** Some excellent points about using video.

8 Ways to Make Your Business Cards Stand Out

** Your card is part of your brand, and will either remind people of who you are, or be forgettable and tossed.

What LinkedIn Can’t Do Effectively

** Very early on a recruiter or HR person will cross-reference your resume with your LI profile. It’s hard to have customizations match if you’re really rebooting your resume significantly.

How To Get And Give Recommendations On LinkedIn

** Recommendations, I like. Not so their “Endorsement” feature:

Tarnished Endorsements

How to Get Hired Through Your LinkedIn Profile

** Some good LI fundamentals.

Get Referred To New Jobs Through Linkr

** Oy, yet another SM platform. But, hey, if it works for you.

3 Ways To Get Noticed By Recruiters On LinkedIn

** I’ve been approached because of my LI profile.

Is Technology Hindering Your Job Search and Networking?

** Thou Shalt Network in Person:

The Butlerian Jihad

Facebook accused of tracking all users even if they delete accounts, ask never to be followed

** I knew there was a reason I wasn’t on facebook.



What is the Most Overlooked Aspect of the Job Hunt?

** It’s worth the time.

15 Reasons Why Job Openings Seem To Appear Forever

** Good to know.

How To Become More Memorable

** Written from a company’s perspective, but perhaps there are lessons to be gleaned?

Why Your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities No Longer Make the Cut

** The world is changing, whether for better or not is debatable. I personally would argue not.

16 Career Coaches Reveal the Worst Careers Advice They’ve Heard

** Some of these are pretty bad!

Why You Must Target Companies Early

** Sniper shots, not shotgunning.

What Can You Learn From My 12 Months of Unemployment?

** Definitely, don’t just sit and veg.

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting the Job

** I think there are more possibilities than these.

Tips for spotting a bad boss in an interview

** The boss will make you or break you. Might I suggest my ASK series, where I have several questions to try and get a sense of your potential new boss?

Ask 6

** With links to the earlier ones embedded.

Desperate People Don’t get New Jobs, Try this Approach Instead

** While I agree, just like I agree with the advice “Don’t be angry”, “Have a positive attitude”, etc., these things are usually said by people who have jobs. There does seem to be a remarkable lack of empathy out there:

The Moccasin Mile

** An open question: Why is it that so many people who are interviewing, especially the decision makers, are so discriminatory against older people, people who are unemployed, etc… when there should be a thought “There, but for the grace of G-d, go I!”.

3 Strategies for Displaced Workers

** Easier said than done, though.

4 Ways to Stay Motivated When Job seeking

** It’s hard, especially as the search drags on – and especially hard when you get interviews but no offers.



Hiring: When Size Matters

** I am cynically reminded of Groucho Marx: “Sincerity is the key to success. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” Look, nobody wants to go to a job where they’re bored out of their mind. At the same time, IMHO there is also a requirement on the part of the company to show why their product/service should inspire passion. Right?

8 Ways To Establish An Innovation Culture In Your Business

** Are there things you can glean from this to weave into your presentation when you have a networking conversation or interview?

Culture 101: Why It’s Important to Hire For Behaviors as Well as Skills

** What might they be looking for in terms of “fit”.

5 Surprising Things That May Stop You From Hiring the Right Person

** Great insights into what might screen you out.



10 Tips for Successful Negotiating

** Just remember, in this economy your power as a negotiator is limited especially if they know you can’t walk away.

Job-Hunting? Better Price Yourself Like a House

** What someone else paid you is none of anyone else’s business.

Addressing Salary Requirements in a Cover Letter

** IMHO not a good idea, but YMMV.

Excessive Pay Is STILL Excessive – and the Boss Still Needs Skin in the Game

** Understand their goal: squeeze you.

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