Job Search Article Aggregate – April 26, 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.

Give Your Resume Bullet Points High-Caliber Impact

** How to format your bullet points to grab a reader’s attention, and get them to slow from skimming to reading your resume.

The Robot/AI Curve Accelerates

** The tidal wave of automation is almost upon us, and it’s not just First World jobs at stake.

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

Risk and Reward

** A Game Theory thought experiment on how to get more business creation and job growth.




Transforming the Long-Term Unemployed into a Sustainable Pipeline

** Forward this far and wide. Maybe it’ll be seen by a few people who need to see it.

How To Make Persuasive Eye Contact

** This kind of thing is important to know, but you can drive yourself crazy – not to mention sabotage yourself – obsessing about this kind of thing. Related:

9 body language signals you shouldn’t ignore

How to Use Body Language to Get Ahead in Your Career [INFOGRAPHIC]

Keeping Up Appearances in Interviews

** Not just interviews. And if there is “something” with you, for example, you’re heavily overweight, tell the person up front. The theory is that if you have “something” that might create a negative first impression, by telling the person ahead of time you give their rational mind time to take over by giving them warning so they’re not surprised (I read this idea in an article a long time ago).

No Easy Answers: Job Tests Get Harder to Outsmart

** The more companies test to find the hypothetical “ideal” person for <Position X> the less they show they value the potential for growth beyond that position.

5 Toxic Beliefs That Can Derail Your Executive Job Search

** These have the potential to derail any job search.

Dumb Down Your Resume? Nah! Aim Higher, Not Lower!

** Agreed. And there’s another thing – remember, if they’re serious, they will attempt to vet you on social media. You’ll need to “dumb yourself down” everywhere, and consistently.

How to Create a Reader-Based Cover Letter and Résumé

** This is an important sentence: “Many recruiters will not consider someone who doesn’t have any recommendations for past work on their LinkedIn Profile.”

How to Build a List of Target Companies

** Knowing where to look is half the battle. And related:

Proactive Job Search, Part 1: How to Identify Potential Employers with LinkedIn

Proactive Job Search, Part 2: How to Research Potential Employers

5 Reasons You Should Hire Someone Who Has Been Fired

** Good stuff to use to address the fact you’re not employed.

Recruiters, Resist The Personality Test!

** Some strong arguments against such tests. And another:

What no one tells you about psychometric testing

7 Traits That Make You a Great Candidate

** Stand out!



Interview IQ

** Top-shelf advice from down under.

The Essay Expert Blog

** Look on the right partway down – lots of links to job-search-related advice.

Things Career Related

** New England based.

>>> If you contact any of these people, please let them know you heard about them through me.



Combating Age Discrimination While Job Searching

** Good ones. I also recommend losing weight – yes, definitely an uphill battle, but never mind the health benefits, people view being overweight as a proxy for energy level.

Age discrimination is still seen as okay in the workplace

** A key point, quote: “Mixed-aged teams, meanwhile, are shown to increase the relative productivity of older and younger workers alike [PDF]. Yet a recent labour market study by the private sector membership group Business in the Community (BITC) suggests companies are missing out on such benefits by failing to attract and retain older staff.” And the PDF link mentioned:

7 mistakes that make your professional resume – and you – look old

** And this is a good excuse to bring up my resume essay:

Resume Ruminations

Are you More or Less than 40 Years Old?!Are-you-More-or-Less-than-40-Years-Old/c16g1/A0327F8C-6D68-4CCE-B5B7-C6DC8EF4D9E3

** Certainly having an “old” resume can peg you.



Networking Your Way to Your Ideal Job

** Don’t let this be your only path, but it’s definitely the way to set yourself apart. To the degree company policies about networking will allow, of course.

11 Top Questions Researching Employers

** Some good starter questions for a networking conversation.

20 Tools to Find Local Networking Events Quickly

** You’ve got to be meeting people, and in person. Related:

Better Than a Job Board: Local Networking Groups

The #1 Secret To Getting An Employer’s Attention

** Remember, though, this is an investment; it’s not an instant gratification thing.

How to Network for a Job: 7 Tips about Cold Calling–interview-advice/4000/how-to-network-for-a-job-7-tips-about-cold-calling

** Older article – and pleased to see I did, indeed, comment already.

5 Ways to Network Your Way to a Fulfilling New Job

** Some solid advice – and I’m going to check out

Toxic Executive Job Search Beliefs: Networking is not for me

** If you’re not networking, you’re not going to be working.

3 Ways to Refresh Your Network in 2015

** Always good to take a step back and re-evaluate once in a while.



The Cover Letter Is Dead

** Cover email, not cover letter. Though if you’re going through an ATS, it’s a cover letter.

Cover Letter Essentials

** Quote: “It’s my opinion and experience that the purpose of the cover letter is to take the reader to your résumé.”

Applying for jobs without experience? Here’s how to build and sell your skills

** Know yourself.

Do speculative cover letters work?

** An intriguing approach.

Learn How to Prepare an Ideal Cover Letter

** There is no one template that works everywhere.

Read This Before You Copy and Paste Another Cover Letter

** Just don’t make it all about yourself.

The Quick & Easy on Cover Letters

** Embedded link to PDF.



How To Write A Resume That Beats The 10-Second Review

** The idea of a “One line statement” is very interesting.

Seven Tips for C-Level Resumes

** Not just for C-level people though.

How to Properly Format Your Resume [Infographic]

** You’ve got to make it easy to read.

3 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out From the Crowd

** Basics. And more basics:

8 Reasons Your Resume Stinks

INFOGRAPHIC: Matching your resume to the job you want

** Important highlights.

5 Resources for Visual Resumes

** I am intrigued by the idea of a visual resumes; at issue – you need to get it to a person.

The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Put Your Address on Your Resume

** If you’re willing to put up with the commute – whatever it is – it should be none of an employer’s business… but understand, they’ll use a long commute to screen you out.

What is Your Resume’s Personality Type?

** An interesting perspective.



The Interview: Know Thyself

** Important. A couple more by the same author:

Answering the Toughest Interview Question

Job Interviewing and Dating

How to Perfect an Interview [Top 8 Ps] #WisdomWednesday

** Perfectly pertinent points.

Be Bold with Interview: How to Act Like You Have the Job to Land the Job

** All of this, if I might be so bold, boils down to getting the hiring manager to start thinking of you as having the job.

Executives Preparing for Unconventional Interview

** Good, and an important point – the longer you can get things to last, in general, the more likely to get the job. A short, curt interview is not a good sign.

88 Great Behavioural Interview Questions To Help You Prepare For Your Next Interview!

** Maybe a repeat, but even so… forewarned is forearmed.

The Worst Things You Can Do at an Interview

** The first rule: don’t screw up. Related:

What not to do in the interview

The Number One Thing to Avoid Doing in a Job Interview

The Two Interviewing Formulas You Must Know

** There’s STAR, and CAR, and…

How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate


5 Tips To Ace The In-Person Interview

** Good advice.

The Next Evolution of Behavioral Interviewing

** I seem to recall posting this before.

15 Interview Philosophies That Attract Job Offers

** Very useful!

The Psychology of the Interviewer

** At the risk of getting all bellicose, “Know your enemy”.

Craziest Interview Questions – and How to Answer Them

** While I appreciate the desire to see how people “think on their feet”, I still maintain that some of these are just tests to see how much you’ll put up with to get the job. Because that can be a measure of how much you’ll put up with to keep the job.

15 (More) Hilarious Tales of Job Interview Embarrassment

** Chuckle. Though I’d like to address #7: That can be a viable reason, especially for older workers who can point out stability and non-job-hopping coming from living so close.



Sample Job Interview Thank You Email

** Although odds are high they’ve already made up their mind, this must be done. It could make the difference, and it could be the difference between a “no” and a “no, but let me refer you to someone”.

How to Come Back From a Bad First Impression

** Not sure if you can, but it’s always worth a try.

10 Things Not to Include in an Interview Thank You Letter

** The first rule: Don’t screw up!



Unemployed? 3 Suggestions for a Powerful Executive LinkedIn Profile

** LinkedIn is where many people looking to hire search, and definitely a place where they will check you out.

How to Bring Your Personality into Your LinkedIn Profile!

** I’m a believer in the idea that your personality needs to come out. Some will disagree, but… at work, sooner or later, your personality will come out. Better to find out you don’t “fit” now rather than later.

Building Personal Brand Content for Your Executive Job Search

** Foundational basics.

How to write the best LinkedIn headline (and why it matters)

** You have to grab attention.

5 Signs Your Personal Brand May Be on the Fritz

** What concerns me is that there are so many ways to sabotage yourself.

5 Major Personal Branding Mistakes Which Can Derail Your Career–interview-advice/5277/10-major-personal-branding-mistakes-which-can-derail-your-career

** Quote: “At its core, a personal brand is other people’s total experience of you.”

How to Use Twitter to Find a Job

** Definitely a longer-term investment of time.



Why the wrong people get hired and how to turn this to your advantage

** Some useful lessons.

How your personality can help you land or lose a job

** Know yourself; it determines how you will “fit” – which is critical.

7 ways to drop the ball in the job search

** Must-read.

6 Reasons You Need A Smartphone To Job Search

** Personally I think we’re going a little tech-mad, but if this works for you, go for it.

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

** A very useful perspective!

How to find hope amidst catastrophic loss

** This is a good article about having a positive, hopeful attitude. But there’s also a hidden nugget of truth about offshoring that could be used in discussions.

Are You Taking these Key Steps to Land a Job?

** Hopefully.

Hilarious Responses to College Rejection Letters

** Call me twisted, but I wonder what would happen if you sent one of these rejections, reworded, to a company after they said no.

Skip The Job Application And Still Get Hired!

** I love the approach, but it seems like more and more, companies are closing this door by official policy.

Whose Career is it Anyway? Why You Don’t Own Your Employment File

** Keep your own file – offsite! PRs, emails from people who praise you, attaboys from your boss, and so on.

Launching Your Job Search – Job Search 101

** Basics.

Why Recruiters Won’t Get You a Job

** That’s not their job; their job is to fill a position, but not necessarily with you.

5 Things You Need to STOP Doing!5-Things-You-Need-to-STOP-Doing/c16g1/55281fcb0cf21933cd507717

** Above all, don’t mistake activity for progress.

Deflategate and Your Job Search

** Don’t give them a reason to do a background check and rule you out.



How I Hire: How to Blow a Job Offer

** Ouch.

What do employers look for? Companies offer advice for job-seekers

** More entry-level oriented.

Don’t Disregard the Wildcard

** Some reverse-engineering arguments if you’re not the “perfect fit”.

You Might Be Surprised How Much Commute Issues Hurt Hiring and Retention

** I find it ironic that, when I mention a short commute to nearby companies, they don’t seem to register that as a plus.



How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

** It doesn’t have to be a battle (but it often is). Related:

How To Negotiate A Job Offer

10 Tips to Use Psychology to Win Higher Salary Negotiation

4 ‘Never-Fail’ Negotiation Tips from an Expert

Salary Negotiation: 33 Things To Negotiate Other Than Money

** A lot of things can be on the table.

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