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 three weeks or so.
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In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m putting links to the last two essays I’ve published here at the top. Reverse-chronological order. These will, of course, change as I publish new ones.
So… my last two original essays:
The Quest for the Purple Squirrel
** An attempt to understand why hiring managers obsess about the “Purple Squirrel”.
Dinner Guests from History
** In which I answer one of my own “penetrating questions”. (Insights into yours truly.)
And I’m going to, at random, hype an essay from earlier on – changing every time:
An Engineer’s Life: David Hunt Explains why he became a Mechanical Engineer
`** An essay I wrote, by request of the SPE Automotive Division, about my past and why I became an engineer.
TOP OF THE FOLD
How to Convince an Employer to Take a Chance on You (and Ignore the More Qualified Candidates)
** Interesting, but IMHO a lot easier said than done. Related:
5 Ways to Stand Out When You’re Competing With Really Qualified Candidates
7 Reasons Employers Will Hire You #WisdomWednesday
** All good, but… ultimately, it’s because you seem the best suited to solve the problems they’re having.
Is World of Warcraft a Better Hiring Test than a Job Interview?
** It’s a gimmick. And it’s a way to avoid having to take responsibility for the hiring decision. “The test said they were OK!”
A Dozen Critical Trends That Will Affect Employment Search in 2015
** What are the trends you need to know?
How to Avoid Long-Term Unemployment
** I actually find this believable. Related:
How to Thwart Concerns About Your Long-term Unemployment
** Excellent advice!
Eat, Drink, and be Hired-Tips for Dining with Your Future Boss
** How you behave at a meal can make or break your candidacy.
11 Ways to Identify Your Next Employer
** Identifying places to target can be one of the biggest challenges.
Your Job Is Not Your Job (2.1)
** This really made me think about my presentation during an interview.
Acing the American Job Interview (for International, ESOL, and Multilingual Candidates)
** This is very useful for people who come from overseas.
Should You Apply for a Job When You Don’t Have all the Qualifications?
** Short answer: It depends.
SELECTED JOB-SEARCH ADVICE SITES
The Career Experts
Call To Career
FOR OLDER WORKERS
Age Discrimination and Job Search?
** I’ve tried to remove myself from multiple databases – not for age reasons, but just privacy. It’s a vain effort IMHO. Not only do I keep reappearing, but with so many databases, it’s a Herculean task.
The Stigma of Long-term Unemployment… and Yet Another Round of Ageism
** A great piece by Marcia! And another:
How to Thwart Concerns About Your Long-term Unemployment
Are We the Job Hopping Generation?
** As an older person, you can use this to your advantage. Related:
What Increased Job Hopping Means for Employers
40 And Irrelevant? I Don’t Think So!
** I know people who write code who are 50+ and can code circles around younger people.
Top 10 Job Search Strategies for Executives Over 40
** Some basics.
8 major job-search changes for older workers
** Definitely a whole new world if you haven’t been job-seeking for a long time.
5 Reasons To Diversify Your Workforce
** Can you, as an older candidate, use “diversity” in your favor?
Why Your Bio Is More Important than Your Resume
** This looks like a useful tack. Not sure how well it works, but… do remember, people get engaged by stories, not dry facts.
Turn Gatekeepers Into Allies!
** Definitely don’t want to piss them off.
Do This, and You’ll Always Be the Most Popular Person in the Room
** Very pertinent to when you’re talking with someone. Related:
8 Ways to Be the Person Everyone Wants to Talk to at a Networking Event
** I liked this.
How to Introduce Yourself in a Way That’ll Make People Care Who You Are
** Good techniques.
How Can I Get A Hiring Manager’s Attention?
** I admire the concept and attempt to practice it. However, networking is becoming more and more difficult. Sort-of related:
3 Tactics You Can Implement Today for Higher Email Open Rates
Best Tips to Network Authentically and Successfully
** All good. (Though I am reminded of a Groucho Marx witticism: “Sincerity is the key to success; if you can fake that, you’ve got it made!”)
Seven Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Contacts
** I agree with all of these, except – perhaps! – the idea of a constant-contact type email. Mixed feelings about that; might work, but might be viewed as over the top.
Why Networking Must Be More Than An Event
** Precisely. I will reprise, once more, an anecdotal story I heard of a six-figure job being landed because of a conversation in a supermarket checkout line.
10 Killer Networking Questions That Spark Meaningful Conversation
** Always good to have a variety of ways to open a conversation.
Why Networking Is More Important Than Your Resume
** Networking is critical.
Five Networking Lessons I Wish I Learned in High School
** It’s amazing to me how cliquish companies of *cough* adults can be… and how akin to high school many *cough* professional environments are.
The 5 Keys to No Fear Networking
** Very good basics.
3 Good Reasons To Spend More Time On Your Cover Letter
** Definitely, can’t just dash one off.
How to Write an Honest Cover Letter to Avoid the Wrong Job
** DO’s and DON’Ts.
Before You Submit That Resume…
** Good reasons to write one.
Your Cover Letter: Write About Opportunity, Not Pain
** A nice flip of the “pain letter”.
No-Fail Cover Letter Strategy
** You can’t be generic.
6 Ways to Ensure The Cover Letter You Write Is Read
** If it’s not read, it’s worthless (unless they still read your resume).
Should You Include a Cover Letter If it’s Not Required?
** Short answer: yes.
Alex Freund: “Front load” accomplishments on your résumé
** Assuming you get through the ATS, you have to catch attention – and quick.
Résumé Keywords Are the Keys to Be Found
** The trick is to know what keywords to use!
How to Use Numbers to Make Your Resume Stand Out
** I’m not sure I agree with the idea of bolding, but if it works for you…
How to List Multiple Positions at One Company on Your Resume
** Especially pertinent if you’ve been at a company for a while.
How I Hired Talent
** At issue is understanding how to present yourself as that solution mentioned in the article.
Screening Your Resume: What Recruiters Look For in 15 Seconds
** Reverse engineer this and apply to your resume! Related:
Why Do 90% Of Resumes Go In The Bin (Without Ever Being Read)?
Get Rid Of The Boring Career Summary On Your Resume, Use This Instead.
** Mixed feelings. I can certainly see how this approach might grab attention, and that’s good. OTOH, might it be a little too self-centered? YMMV.
How to Match Your Resume to Every Job You Want [Infographic]
** You can’t not try to match them.
10 Resume Quick Fixes
** Foundational basics.
How to Format Your Resume for Electronic Job Applications (What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You. Is That So?)
** IMHO “ATS” really stands for “Application Termination System” given the statistics about how many qualified candidates do not get through.
How to Ace the Face-to-Face Interview
** There is a window between being scripted and being so polished you sound canned. What that window is, however, is a mystery. And don’t think CAR, think SPARTACUS:
How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate
** My essay, reblogged.
Are You Prepared For This Interview Question? (Most People Are Not)
** Just heard a good chemistry joke: “What comes after 16 sodiums?” “Batman.” (Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATMAN!)
5 Reasons You’re Getting Knocked Out in the First Round of Interviews (and How to Stop)
** The first rule: don’t screw up!
Investing in Your Interview Wardrobe Pays Dividends
** First impressions will make or break you – in a matter of seconds:
7 seconds – why that’s all you may have to succeed or fail at interview
Interviewing is a Game. Here’s How to Win.
** Good basics to review. (Though, seriously, someone who enjoys job hunting?)
7 THINGS YOU MUST SAY TO GET HIRED
Information You Must Have before the Interview
** Prepare, prepare, prepare.
10 Things To Bring To Every Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]
** I agree with some of these, but… passport pictures and protein bars?
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
7 Great Questions to Ask an Applicant’s References
** These are good ones to forewarn references about.
How to Write a Memorable Thank You Note
** Don’t just say “Thank you”.
65% of Successful Job Seekers Say “Thank You for the Interview” via Email — RESEARCH FINDING
** Note that correlation does not imply causation, but… IMHO you cannot ignore sending thank you emails.
Thanks! 20 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips
** Worth reading, though don’t do all of these at once!
Does Following Up With Employers Really Matter?
** The short answer: yes. Just remember, there’s a fine line between persistent and pest… and that line is not easy to spot.
BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA
12 egregious mistakes you don’t want to make with your LinkedIn profile
** Good advice from Bob! And another by the same author:
4 reasons why you need a strong LinkedIn Summary
The 7 Linkedin Tips You Need to Find Your Dream Job Today
** Just remember, this doesn’t take the place of doing the work.
De-mystifying LinkedIn Keywords
** And an idea I’ve been playing with – which I’ve seen elsewhere – is to use wordclouds to identify trending keywords.
How to Leverage Blogs in Your Job Search
** This is one of the reasons I blog! Related:
Blogging Your Way to the Top: A Beginner’s Compendium
Deadly LinkedIn Mistake: No Professional Photo
** Consider a photo session an investment.
3 Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired
** It could be you… but then again, it might not be.
Is Your Online Presence Visible Enough for Social Recruiters?
** It better be – because that’s where people are looking.
How NOT to Impress a Prospective Employer [INFOGRAPHIC]
** The first rule: don’t screw up.
How to Make Competition Irrelevant
** Some good advice, though I don’t think you can ever make the competition truly irrelevant.
What? That was part of the selection process?
** Very definitely, small things matter:
10 tiny things that can ruin your chances of getting hired
3 Little Known Ways to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search (Relocation)
** Sometimes moving is an option, or even a desire.
Endear Yourself to the Buyer
** If you want to be caught, think like the fisherman. What do they want and value? Related:
4 Ways to Turn “No” Into “Yes”
** After all, this is a sales and marketing gig.
The Biggest Mistake Candidates Make On Assessments
** Written by an employee of a company that makes such assessments, so take with a grain of salt. Still, good thoughts on how to game the system.
3 Quick Tips to Demand Attention in Today’s Job Market
** Worth a try.
How Your Attitude Defines Your Job Search
** There is, IMHO, a difference between having a can-do, positive attitude, and having a soma-induced, plastic smile, oh-boy-it’s-dog-food-again attitude no matter how you are treated in the job search. You get mistreated, consider this a commandment: tell others how the company treated you:
Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir
** Companies that treat candidates (and employees) poorly need to die from their own misdeeds towards what they purport are their “most valuable assets”:
Death by Lethal Reputation
8 things that can kill your job chances
** There’s no question body language is important, but you can paralyze yourself worrying about it – and that paralysis, and consequent lack of authenticity, will doom you.
Volunteering and Your Job Search – A Job Search Tip
** It’s a good way to both meet people and to show your character.
Companies hire skill sets, not job titles
The Shoo-in Trap
** Don’t get cocky. You don’t have it, until you have it.
How To Apply For A Job Properly: 3 Things We Know You Don’t Do
** Interesting thoughts.
10 Shortcuts Only The Smartest Job Seekers Know
** Solid tips.
3 Best Job Applications Ever
** I’m surprised these worked, but…
5 Key Tips to Wow Recruiters
** This is the money quote: “Companies are awash in resumes, even at the executive level.” Which is important – you need to differentiate yourself at every level.
UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE
One in Three Employees Are a Mistake
** Read this, then read this again. The tone of the article is telling hiring managers that the Fantasy Date exists (and, of course, they promise to find them); thus, it reinforces in their minds that they can wait, and wait, and wait.
Plays Well with Others: How to Hire the Best Team
** Fitting in is a huge consideration.
4 Benefits of Psychometric Testing Candidates
** Understand what they’re reading about this kind of test. And for some negative opinions:
10 Reasons Why Time’s XQ Article on Hiring is Based on Bad Science
How HR optimizes rejection of millions of job applicants
** I understand there are studies, but… consider that the people pushing this stuff are the people selling this stuff.
6 Ways to Win Over Any Hiring Manager
** What are they thinking? Get inside their heads.
Seven Lies Every Job Interviewer Tells That You Must Be Aware Of!
** Read between the lines.
4 Interview Questions to Determine Cultural Fit
** This is a huge insight.
5 Powerful Negotiation Insights For A Better Deal
** Useful advice; just remember, if you’re unemployed, you have very little leverage.
How to Master the Prickly Salary Question With Confidence
** I have no objection to being asked what I want, salary-wise. I strongly object to being asked – or worse, mandated by a form – to say what I made elsewhere.
The Secret to Smarter Salary Negotiation: Vacation Time
** I, and others I know, have had very mixed results on this.