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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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/fix-the-problem-iii/

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

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/create-portfolio-job-search/

** 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

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/03/29/stay-true-to-your-job-search-but-dont-burn-out/

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

Personality vs. Skill – the Hiring Debate

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/personality-vs-skill-hiring-debate-larry-tyler

** 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

http://chameleonresumes.com/2013/09/08/job-searching-19-creative-ways-build-target-company-list/

** This is a critical activity.

The 6 job interviews you can never win

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-6-job-interviews-you-can-never-win.html

** Understand what you’re up against.

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

http://absolutelyabby.com/searching/why-the-unemployed-need-not-apply-need-not-apply-to-you.html

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

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SELECTED JOB ADVICE SITES

Her Savvy Career

http://www.hersavvycareer.com/

** Quite a lot of good advice here.

Nettemps.com (Career Tools Page)

http://www.net-temps.com/career-advice/career-tools.html

** Excellent collection of stuff.

Joanne Meehl Career Services

https://www.joannemeehlcareerservices.com/

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

Workbloom

http://workbloom.com/

** 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).

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JOB SEARCH SITES

Social Hire

http://www.social-hire.com/search-jobs

** Didn’t realize they had one!

American Wind Energy Association

http://www.awea.org/Careers/content.aspx?ItemNumber=811&navItemNumber=4617

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

Jobs at TLNT.com

http://jobs.tlnt.com/

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

The Over 50 Technology Culture Clash

http://aknextphase.com/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?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/whats-real-cost-of-ageism.html

** And there is a cost.

What’s Next? 10 Tips for Career Changers

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-2014/whats-next-tips-for-career-changes.html

** Important stuff.

4 Simple Ways To Overcome The Age Factor In Your Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/overcome-age-factor-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”.

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NETWORKING

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

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224546

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

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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-bring-your-resume-its-networking-meeting-joanne-meehl

** I commented.

Entering And Exiting Networking Conversations

http://blog.jobfully.com/2014/12/networking-concersation-starters/

** Very good. Related:

5 Ways to Break the Ice at Networking Events

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-ways-break-ice-networking-events-goodman-certified-resume-writer

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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/22-ways-use-internet-when-someone-ignores-your-cold-sara-grillo-cfa

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

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

http://www.endlessjoboffers.com/writing-your-next-follow-up-email/

** Important for networking follow-up.

How To Effectively Reach Out To Hiring Managers

http://www.interview-coach.co.uk/how-to-effectively-reach-out-to-hiring-managers/

** Definitely the ones you want to reach.

Successful Networking Tips You Need to Know

http://interviewsuccessformula.com/job-search-advice/successful-networking-tips-you-need-to-know.php

** And help others.

Small Talk Can Lead to Good Connections

http://blog.naceweb.org/2015/03/24/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

http://careerrocketeer.com/2014/10/how-to-leverage-alumni-networking-linkedin-find-job.html

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

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COVER LETTERS

‘Activate’ Your Cover Letter

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5768&newsletter_id=1393&archive=1

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

What Should Your Cover Letter Contain?

http://www.job-hunt.org/resumes/cover-letter-content.shtml

** Got to have the basics.

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RESUMES

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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/inject-personality-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]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/write-rockin-resume/

** Nicely presented.

Gaping Gap? How To Plug Holes In Your Work History

http://www.careerealism.com/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

http://blog.jobfully.com/2015/01/productive-ways-to-fill-resume-gaps/

7 Steps to Writing a Resume That Beats Application Tracking Systems

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/write-resume-overcome-ats/

** 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

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2015/03/30/resume-skills-section/

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

Why Your Resume Is BORING

http://www.careerealism.com/7-ways-resume-boring-elses/

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

How Many Versions of My Résumé Do I Need?

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/03/26/how-many-versions-of-my-resume-do-i-need

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

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/10/21/how-write-achievement-based-executive-resume-bullet/

** Sounds very familiar:

Resume AVeNReTYA

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/resume-avenretya/

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

How Executive Search Firms Review Resumes/CVs

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/how-executive-search-firms-review-resumes-cvs.aspx

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

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INTERVIEWING

Rejection Review – 7 Reasons For Not Getting the Job

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/reasons-not-getting-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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/worst-thing-do-interview/

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

Top 5 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/5206/top-5-interview-mistakes-to-avoid

The Only Two Questions that Matter At Your Job Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/only-two-questions-matter-your-job-interview-arkady-itkin

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

Revealing Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

http://blog.jobfully.com/2013/02/questions-to-ask-in-an-interview/

** You have to ask questions.

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

http://blog.jobfully.com/2014/03/fit-job-interview/

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

http://blog.jobfully.com/2014/03/youve-got-fit-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/overlooked-rules-professional-etiquette-sara-grillo-cfa

** Useful perspective.

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

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5767&newsletter_id=1393&archive=1

** Foundational. And related:

17 Clever Ways to Interview Like a Pro

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/17-ways-interview-pro/

** Fundamentals.

How to Shine in a Second Interview

http://onthejob.45things.com/2015/03/how-to-shine-in-second-interview.html

** Very good advice. Related:

Seven Tips for a Successful Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/seven-tips-successful-interview-angela-roberge

Would You Rather be Liked or Respected?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interview-you/fl/would-you-rather-be-liked-or-respected.htm

** I vote for respected.

5 Interview Secrets That Will Help You Beat The Competition

http://www.interview-coach.co.uk/5-interview-secrets-that-will-help-you-beat-the-competition/

** Differentiation, baby! Related:

What Makes You Different from Other Job Candidates?

http://careerrocketeer.com/2012/04/what-makes-you-different-from-other-job-candidates.html

How to avoid bunny trailing in job interviews

http://designresumes.com/2012/06/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]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/hardest-interview-questions/

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

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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/failed-interview-before-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

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/08/7-seconds-why-thats-all-you-may-have-to.html

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

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

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

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2013/06/10/best-job-interview-thank-you-letter-ever/

** What a great example!

Getting Interview Feedback – Basic Tips

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/03/20/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

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2015/03/31/interview-thank-you-email/

** 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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/17-ways-interview-pro/

** Fundamentals.

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

14 traits of a winning LinkedIn group

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/03/26/6-elements-of-a-winning-group-5-elements-of-a-flopping-group/

** LinkedIn groups are fantastic

Why Video Doesn’t Always Work

http://careersherpa.net/why-video-doesnt-always-work/

** Some excellent points about using video.

8 Ways to Make Your Business Cards Stand Out

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224000

** 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

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2014/09/what-linkedin-cant-do-effectively.html

** 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

http://blog.jobfully.com/2014/03/how-to-get-and-give-recommendations-on-linkedin/

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

Tarnished Endorsements

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/tarnished-endorsements/

How to Get Hired Through Your LinkedIn Profile

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-get-hired-through-your-linkedin-profile-sara-grillo-cfa

** Some good LI fundamentals.

Get Referred To New Jobs Through Linkr

http://comerecommended.com/linkr/?hvid=59s4kp

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

3 Ways To Get Noticed By Recruiters On LinkedIn

http://www.interview-coach.co.uk/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?

http://www.jibberjobber.com/blog/2015/03/20/is-technology-hindering-your-job-search-and-networking/

** Thou Shalt Network in Person:

The Butlerian Jihad

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/the-butlerian-jihad/

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-accused-of-tracking-all-users-even-if-they-delete-accounts-ask-never-to-be-followed-10146631.html

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

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GENERAL

What is the Most Overlooked Aspect of the Job Hunt?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/most-overlooked-aspect-job-hunt/

** It’s worth the time.

15 Reasons Why Job Openings Seem To Appear Forever

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/why-job-openings-reposted/

** Good to know.

How To Become More Memorable

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-become-more-memorable-jas-singh

** 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

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/why-your-knowledge-skills-and-abilities-no-longer-make-the-cut-2/

** 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

http://jobs.pmlive.com/news-and-advice/pharma-career-advice/16-career-coaches-reveal-the-worst-careers-advice-theyve-heard

** Some of these are pretty bad!

Why You Must Target Companies Early

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/why-target-companies-early/

** Sniper shots, not shotgunning.

What Can You Learn From My 12 Months of Unemployment?

http://www.steamfeed.com/can-learn-12-months-unemployment/

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

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting the Job

http://interviewsuccessformula.com/job-search-advice/3-reasons-why-youre-not-getting-the-job.php

** I think there are more possibilities than these.

Tips for spotting a bad boss in an interview

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/tips-for-spotting-a-bad-boss-in-an-interview?linkId=13206405

** 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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/ask-6-still-more-questions-to-ask-in-interviews/

** With links to the earlier ones embedded.

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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/desperate-people-dont-get-new-jobs-try-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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/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

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/07/20/3-strategies-for-displaced-workers/

** Easier said than done, though.

4 Ways to Stay Motivated When Job seeking

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/03/25/4-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.

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

Hiring: When Size Matters

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hiring-when-size-matters-jas-singh

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/8-ways-establish-innovation-culture-your-business-faisal-hoque

** 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

https://disneyinstitute.com/blog/2015/03/culture-101-why-its-important-to-hire-for-behaviors-as-well-as-skills/339/

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

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

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244357

** Great insights into what might screen you out.

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SALARY

10 Tips for Successful Negotiating

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/successful-negotiating-tips/

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/job-hunting-better-price-yourself-like-house-liz-ryan

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

Addressing Salary Requirements in a Cover Letter

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/06/01/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

http://www.tlnt.com/2015/04/01/excessive-pay-is-still-excessive-and-the-boss-still-needs-skin-in-the-game/

** Understand their goal: squeeze you.

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