Articles for Job Seekers

10 CV Mistakes That Put Employers Off Your Candidates 

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/cv-employers-candidate/

It never hurts to keep fundamentals in mind.

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9 Killer Questions Candidates Ought to Ask the Interviewer

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/9-killer-questions-candidates-ought-ask-interviewer/

All good; I would like to stress #6. At one job I had, the person who led the interview process, who called to extend the offer, and to whom I thought I reported – was NOT my actual direct supervisor / manager. And even after I attempted to engage the thought-he-was-my-boss person to firm up a six month plan with priorities, it was NOT made clear to whom I actually reported for a good couple of weeks. 

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What Parking Says About Your Character

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-parking-says-your-character-adam-vasquez

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, this has the potential to be indicative of character and I do see the argument. On the other hand, this has the feeling of “reading tea leaves”; i.e., if they WANT to find something wrong (or good) about you, they can. IMHO, ultimately, this is much too subjective and open to interpretation. But do be aware that you are potentially being watched and evaluated even before you go in… and potentially as you drive in. You never know that the person you cut off (or worse, flip off!) might be the hiring manager coming back from lunch! 

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How to get to love networking

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-get-to-love-networking.html

It doesn’t HAVE to be scary. 

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Employer Unfairly Blacklisted An Employee. Here’s What Happened… 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/employer-unfairly-blacklisted-employee-heres-what-j-t-o-donnell

The problem is that it’s almost never this obvious (or contestable). One recruiter I know well, who has placed me in multiple interviews over the years, said that MOST of this happens at HR society meetings. He described several as nothing more than verbal sessions of “Don’t hire X, Y, or Z.” This is a problem! And I disagree with J.T.’s observation that most companies understand it’s partially both employer and employee… from both my readings AND from experience, the potential employer gives full weight to the other employer, and very little credence to the candidate’s side of things. 

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I Would Never Have Taken This Job If I’d Known About The Hours

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2017/03/29/i-would-never-have-taken-this-job-if-id-known-about-the-hours/

60 seems to be the new 40, hours-at-work-wise. And 70 is the new 100, salary-wise. IMHO this is not sustainable. And I find it interesting that the “conventional wisdom” is NOT to ask about typical work hours… for fear of branding yourself as a 9-to-5 type, but Liz recommends asking specifically. Let me be clear: no professional objects to crisis OT – it’s part of the territory. But if you need to work 60 hours a week to get your regular job done… something is very, very wrong.

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How to make age less of a factor in your job search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-make-age-less-factor-your-job-search-stacey-a-gordon-mba

Read the comments; some very penetrating insights, comments, and questions about / objections to the article. 

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Avoid This Salary Negotiation Mistake

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/avoid-salary-negotiation-mistake-j-t-o-donnell

Not only some straight advice, but a bunch of video snippets too. Related to salary: 

Doing the Salary “Dance” in Job Interviews

https://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/interview-salary-dance.shtml

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The value of employee loyalty revealed

http://recruitingtimes.org/news/18417/value-employee-loyalty-revealed/

The irony is… loyalty needs to go – MUST GO! – both ways, and IMHO must be shown TO the rank-and-file before people reciprocate. 

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5 Steps to Take When Using LinkedIn to Network for a Job

https://www.recruiter.com/i/5-steps-to-take-when-using-linkedin-to-network-for-a-job/

Some great advice on using this tool. 

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Answering Tough Interview Questions: What Kind of Tree Would You Be?

http://www.experisjobs.us/exp_us/en/career-resources/career-info-center/tough-interview-question-what-tree.htm

If someone actually asked me this question, depending on how much I wanted the job, I’d counter with:

  1. “And how does this pertain to my ability to do the job here?”
  2. “One of those moving trees from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ – Huorns – because I’m walking out of here.”

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Don’t Make These Body Language Mistakes!

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/body-language/

While body language IS important, the more obsessed over it you become, the less you will be perceived as genuine.

 

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I am a senior-level Mechanical Engineer with, primarily, a background in plastics where I started my career. I am seeking a FT engineering role, ideally in medical devices or defense, from Burlington MA to Concord NH, as a:

  • Plastics Design Engineer / Project Engineer
  • New Product Introduction / Design-Manufacturing handoff
  • Cost Reduction “Tiger Team” Engineer
  • Manufacturing / Process Engineer

For those interested, you can see some target companies on my blog:

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/target-companies/

And please do look at my portfolio of things I’ve done, and topical essays I’ve written (including two that were republished by the Society of Plastics Engineers!):

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/portfolio/

Given my accomplishments, i.e., proven examples of saving money, developing new products and processes… what could I do for you?

 

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