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Articles for job seekers

No — I Won’t Supply My References Before The First Interview

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2017/03/31/no-i-wont-supply-my-references-before-the-first-interview/

I agree. I think this practice runs the risk of companies contacting references without the candidate preparing them for what to emphasize (always within their ability to ethically do so!), or even giving notice. References are job search treasure, and must be cherished and protected. It also has the potential to be a sneaky way for companies to gather other names of people to solicit for employment. And depending on how long you’ve been employed, you may want to customize the reference list you give depending on the interview and the directions taken while you were there.

And I’m only semi-cynical in predicting this, but at some point I can see health testing, even DNA testing… all as a condition of being considered for employment. DNA testing brings to mind this cartoon:

Job Search Humor Cartoon

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/job-search-humor-cartoon/

And yes, I have this gene.  (Some would doubtless opine a deplorable excess thereof…)

4 Behavioral Interview Questions That Reveal What a Job Candidate Is Really Like

http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/4-behavioral-interview-questions-that-uncover-what-a-job-candidates-is-really-li.html

Insights from the interviewer’s playbook. Good stuff. Related:

5 Non-traditional Interview Questions That Can Help You Select the Best Candidate

http://blog.concordepersonnel.com/2011/08/5-non-traditional-interview-questions-that-can-help-you-select-the-best-candidate/

With respect to the fourth question specifically: while the question itself is quite legitimate and can lead to great insights, I believe the implicit assumption that if the candidate can’t think of anything then the candidate is assumed to be the one with the problem, is not legitimate. I call BS. There are, sadly, some very bad people in management out there (recall the “conventional wisdom” that people leave managers, not companies) – to de facto assume that problems always reside with the employee, and never with the person’s manager (or the company in general), is naïve. And another question, which I think is actually a very good one, so prepare:

How You Answer This Interview Question Reveals Your True Character

https://www.inc.com/betsy-mikel/1-interview-question-that-cuts-through-the-bs-to-reveal-someones-true-character.html

Anyone can “song and dance” their way through an interview and shine. This is a “penetrating” question and gets to a person’s character. I like it; one can train for skill, one can inspire and motivate for attitude… but one cannot implant ethics, integrity, or basic character (at best one can get someone to stick to the “letter of the law” out of fear of punishment, but GOOD behavior and GOOD character – that’s inherent in a person). And it’s actually a good question to ask of a hiring manager too!!

How A Story Database Will Make You More Persuasive

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerdooley/2017/04/03/story-database/

Written for sales, but also vital for job seekers. Stories ENGAGE not just factually, but EMOTIONALLY. The trick is to get in front of someone – a human! – who is willing to have a conversation and listen to your stories… and also have the perception to jump to what your background and stories could do for them.

The tech that hiring managers are using to screen all of your social media posts

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/14/the-tech-that-hiring-managers-are-using-to-screen-all-of-your-social-media-posts.html

I wonder… this could be a good software for someone to purchase, and then have people pay to screen their SM presence. And I have to wonder – I don’t have a FB account. Does that affect me positively, or negatively? I do find this to be a “catch-22”: too much SM presence, and that’s bad, too much of the “wrong” content, that’s bad, not enough or even if you’re not on SM altogether, that’s bad too. In my first essay on this, I came up with a quote which I think very much applies to vetting people through their SM presence:

“Hiring managers and human resources people search the internet for indications about a candidate’s personality, character, opinions, and human failings – and then are shocked and horrified to discover candidates have personalities, characters, opinions, and human failings.”

Consulting Firms: Strike back & stir the pot

http://www.asktheheadhunter.com/10485/consulting-firms

Always good stuff from Nick Corcodilos! 

Networking Tips for Awkward People

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-tips-awkward-people-jenny-hill-cplp-ctdp

Good overview thoughts. Especially if, like many technically-oriented people, you tend to not be comfortable in social settings.

7 Toxic Traits Of A Bad Employer

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-toxic-traits-bad-employer-j-t-o-donnell

I’ve said this before: if you have time, search on LinkedIn for people who used to work at the company, and see if they’ll answer some questions. Also, if you are a member of related professional societies, ask around. Companies develop reputations. And if you know some good recruiters in the space, they also can be a good place to get off-the-record scuttlebutt. (One recruiter I know told me about a company they’d FIRED as a client because of all the negative feedback about the company they’d received from potential candidates – one of whom actually said “I’d rather be homeless than work for that place.”) 

9 Scary Reasons Overqualified Job Seekers are Rejected

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/reasons-overqualified-job-seekers-are-rejected/

Which only highlights the value of networking in and having conversations with decision-makers. Get to someone who can see beyond the scariness of someone “overqualified” to what you could do for them. And at the risk of shameless self-promotion, consider changing the rules of the game entirely with these thoughts:

The “O” Word 2

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/the-o-word-2/

Don’t Overshare: What Not to Say During a Job Interview

https://www.recruiter.com/i/dont-overshare-what-not-to-say-during-a-job-interview/

It used to be, with people building careers at one company over decades, that friendships formed with so much time spent with the same people for so long. (Aside: growing up, my parents would often hold dinner parties; guests were, very regularly, co-workers from either – sometimes both – of my parents’ places of work… even in my next-generation case, some of my still-close friends come from former employers). In interviews “back then”, personal details would come out in anticipation of that long-term relationship. That’s done and in-the-past these days. Today, always ask yourself if the details you are about to share really are their business (and, potentially, could be things held against you for employment purposes, or as potential “leverage” against you should you join).

The most important trait for a successful job search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/most-important-trait-successful-job-search-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

An absolutely key ingredient.

 

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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 full-time 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:

Target Companies

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

And please do look at my portfolio of things I’ve done, and topical (i.e., engineering / manufacturing) essays I’ve written:

Portfolio

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

And lastly, I do urge you to “Pay it forward” yourself. I don’t NEED to post articles, job leads, etc. I WANT to do it because it’s a way to help people. Character matters. As I said in my essay:

The Hairs-Breadth Challenge

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hairs-breadth-challenge-david-hunt-pe

“Life is about helping people; if you aren’t elevating others, you’re diminishing yourself.”

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?

 

Articles for job seekers

Please do keep in mind, I’m on a job search too.

  • Product Design Engineer (strength in plastics design, but I can do other things too)
  • New Product Introduction Engineer
  • Cost Reduction Engineer
  • Manufacturing / Process Engineer

North of Boston, MA, ideally in the medical devices or defense industries.

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7 (Really Hard) Interview Questions You Must Answer Properly

http://www.inc.com/jt-odonnell/7-intense-interview-questions-you-need-to-answer-correctly.html

There’s a fine line between penetrating questions and interrogations. In the best of all possible worlds, an interview should be a conversation. Not necessarily an easy one at all times, but a conversation nonetheless! If you’re being treated like a suspect, or you feel you’re having to prove – at every step – the veracity of what you say, then that’s a red flag about their culture.

Boomerslang: The Clues in Your Resume That Can Out You as an Older Applicant

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/boomerslang-clues-your-resume-can-out-you-older-daniel-baitch-ph-d-

Even if you can hide your age in a resume, they’ll know when you walk in the door. That happened to a person I know – they’d be all enthusiastic at his resume, and excited after the phone interview… and he described how, time after time, he’d go into a place that was gung-ho about his visit, and their faces would fall when they saw his white hair and wrinkles. More:

55, unemployed and faking normal: One woman’s story of barely scraping by

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/55-unemployed-faking-normal-one-womans-story-barely-scraping/

The comment that age discrimination starts at 35 YEARS OLD was frightening. We’re approaching a world where, at 40, you’re thrown on the trash heap. What a waste of capability and experience! Related:

The Recruiter Said ‘At Your Age, You’d Better Take What You Can Get’

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2017/03/23/the-recruiter-said-at-your-age-youd-better-take-what-you-can-get/

An open question: Do people who commit ageism truly believe that, when they get older, it won’t happen to them?

3 Reasons Baby Boomers Are Getting Fired

http://www.inc.com/jt-odonnell/3-reasons-baby-boomers-are-getting-fired.html

In the details, there’s some good advice here. In the grand scheme, however, I think J.T. O’Donnell is full of it in this essay (she’s done a lot of other, very good, ones). IMHO the single biggest objection companies have to older workers is NOT “tech savvy” or “higher salary” or anything else typically cited… but rather the strength of character of older workers to:

  1. Not sign on to the latest frenzied craze; life experience teaches that this is often a lemmings-off-the-cliff scenario. Experience breeds an ability to resist drinking the faddish Kool-Aid but, instead, say “Let’s take a serious and considered look at this, not scurry like ants that have had a wet lollipop dropped on the nest”. 
  2. Having a brain and a spine, and a willingness to NOT accede to insane demands on time. Crisis OT is one thing – no white collar professional objects to that. But when, to get your regular job done, it is necessary to spend 60 (or even more) hours a week at work, and to be expected to be accessible 24/7, older people push back.

 Side anecdote: A friend of mine from a former employer had his boss send him a meeting request for Monday morning at 8 AM… that prior Sunday afternoon. Had my friend not logged in to check, he’d have missed it.

Also, don’t forget the dreaded THREAT TO THE HIRING MANAGER’S CHAIR.

3 Common Negotiation Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandradickinson/2017/02/16/3-common-negotiation-pitfalls-and-how-to-avoid-them/

I read this and think of the scene from “Devil’s Advocate”… “Are we negotiating?” “Always!”

Answer to Interview Question: “Have You Ever Been Fired?”

https://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/interview-questions-and-answers/answer-to-interview-question-have-you-ever-been-fired.php

The trick, IMHO, is not to song-and-dance, or worse, lie, but to give them enough to answer the question without uncovering the rabbit hole for them to pursue. That never ends well.

Long-Term Unemployed? 5 Options to Fill that “Employment Gap”

https://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/filling-employment-gaps.shtml

The trick can be getting contract work too. And… a quote: “Remember, in this economy, it is not uncommon to hit a bump in the road during your career. How you handle it is what makes the difference going forward.” >> While I agree with all this, in my opinion there is still a huge “empathy gap” for people who are in the situation on the part of people who – purportedly – value EQ. Mentioned at the end of the article:

Overcoming the “Unemployed Bias” https://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/overcoming-bias-unemployed.shtml

My one objection to this: Cranking up the confidence can lead to being perceived as arrogant. Where’s the window on that? One person’s confidence is another’s arrogance; one person’s low key is another’s passivity. And so on.

10 Powerful Headhunter Interview Tips That Will Help You Land the Job http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2017/03/15/headhunter-interview-tips-land-job/

Questions you may be asked!

The Cover Letter Formula That Skyrocketed My Interviews From 0% to 55% http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2017/02/cover-letter-formula

Worth reading, but I don’t think it’s something that can be reduced to a formula.

The last remaining human skill

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/the-last-remaining-human-skill.html

Excellent point. And those that help people are better off than those that just absorb.

The best kept networking secret for jobseekers

https://www.forwardmotioncareers.com/the-best-kept-networking-secret-for-jobseekers/

Everyone out there is networking (if they’re paying attention). The trick is to network in places and in ways that sets you apart.

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – July 14, 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 three weeks or so.

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others. (And if I have your article here but didn’t tweet to you to announce its inclusion, it means I couldn’t find your twitter handle.)
  • If you contact one of the people / organizations mentioned because of my post (e.g., a resume consultant, a job search coach, etc.) please tell them you heard about them through me.
  • If you tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., by adding “via @davidhuntpe” to the tweet) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

(Plug: If you really like this aggregate – and consider that I put several hours into each of these! – please check out my SRG page; buy from my affiliates who pay me a commission. If you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support. Or take a look at the kind of places I’m looking for work – perhaps you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who works there; an introduction would be welcomed! And please consider that I have broadened my geographical search area.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/quest-purple-squirrel-david-hunt-pe

** An attempt to understand why hiring managers obsess about the “Purple Squirrel”.

Dinner Guests from History

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dinner-guests-from-history-david-hunt-pe

** 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

https://speautomotive.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/an-engineers-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.

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

How to Convince an Employer to Take a Chance on You (and Ignore the More Qualified Candidates)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-ways-to-stand-out-when-youre-competing-with-really-qualified-candidates

7 Reasons Employers Will Hire You #WisdomWednesday

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/7-reasons-employers-will-hire-you/

** 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?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/world-warcraft-better-hiring-test-than-interview-santiago-iniguez

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141021141118-17604922-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

http://workalpha.com/how-to-avoid-long-term-unemployment/

** I actually find this believable. Related:

How to Thwart Concerns About Your Long-term Unemployment

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-thwart-concerns-about-your-long-term-unemployment/

** Excellent advice!

Eat, Drink, and be Hired-Tips for Dining with Your Future Boss

http://careerdirectors.com/eat-drink-hired-tips-dining-future-boss/

** How you behave at a meal can make or break your candidacy.

11 Ways to Identify Your Next Employer

http://epiccareering.com/11-ways-to-develop-an-effective-target-company-list/

** Identifying places to target can be one of the biggest challenges.

Your Job Is Not Your Job (2.1)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-job-21-fred-kofman

** This really made me think about my presentation during an interview.

Acing the American Job Interview (for International, ESOL, and Multilingual Candidates)

http://biginterview.com/blog/2015/05/esol-esl-multilingual-interview.html

** This is very useful for people who come from overseas.

Should You Apply for a Job When You Don’t Have all the Qualifications?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/how-to-apply/fl/should-you-apply-when-you-dont-have-all-qualifications.htm

** Short answer: It depends.

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SELECTED JOB-SEARCH ADVICE SITES

The Career Experts

http://thecareerexperts.com/career-articles-advice/

Inspire Careers

http://www.inspirecareers.com/blog/

Call To Career

http://www.calltocareer.com/category/blog/

LegacyMedSearch

http://www.legacymedsearch.com/refresh/templates/candidate_resources.php?id=4

JobMob

https://jobmob.co.il/

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

Age Discrimination and Job Search?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/age-discrimination-job-search-alex-freund

** 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

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/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

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-thwart-concerns-about-your-long-term-unemployment/

Are We the Job Hopping Generation?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-hopping-generation/

** As an older person, you can use this to your advantage. Related:

What Increased Job Hopping Means for Employers

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8188-job-hopping-trends.html?cmpid=514642

40 And Irrelevant? I Don’t Think So!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/40-irrelevant-i-dont-think-so-matt-schmidt

** 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

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/top-10-job-search-strategies-for-executives-over-40.aspx

** Some basics.

8 major job-search changes for older workers

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/8-major-job-search-changes-older-workers-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** Definitely a whole new world if you haven’t been job-seeking for a long time.

5 Reasons To Diversify Your Workforce

http://recruiterbox.com/blog/5-reasons-to-diversify-your-workforce/

** Can you, as an older candidate, use “diversity” in your favor?

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NETWORKING

Why Your Bio Is More Important than Your Resume

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/true-or-false-your-resume-your-most-frequently-used-written-job-search-tool-false/

** 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!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/turn-gatekeepers-allies-hank-boyer

** Definitely don’t want to piss them off.

Do This, and You’ll Always Be the Most Popular Person in the Room

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-youll-always-most-popular-person-room-betty-liu

** 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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/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

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-introduce-yourself-in-a-way-thatll-make-people-care-who-you-are

** Good techniques.

How Can I Get A Hiring Manager’s Attention?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-can-i-get-hiring-managers-attention-liz-ryan

** 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

http://blog.crazyegg.com/2014/06/05/high-email-open-rates/

Best Tips to Network Authentically and Successfully

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-network-authentically-make-work-you-kara-goldin

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140801150616-438471-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

http://www.careerealism.com/networking-more-than-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

http://mymarketability.com/blog/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

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/06/why-networking-is-more-important-than-your-resume

** Networking is critical.

Five Networking Lessons I Wish I Learned in High School

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/five-networking-lessons-i-wish-learned-high-school-barbara-safani

** 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

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/07/09/the-5-keys-to-no-fear-networking/

** Very good basics.

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COVER LETTERS

3 Good Reasons To Spend More Time On Your Cover Letter

http://www.careerealism.com/cover-letter-time/

** Definitely, can’t just dash one off.

How to Write an Honest Cover Letter to Avoid the Wrong Job

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/write-honest-cover-letter-avoid-wrong-job/

** DO’s and DON’Ts.

Before You Submit That Resume…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/before-you-submit-resume-lisa-cawley-ruiz

** Good reasons to write one.

Your Cover Letter: Write About Opportunity, Not Pain

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2015/07/09/pain-letter-opportunity/

** A nice flip of the “pain letter”.

No-Fail Cover Letter Strategy

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/no-fail-cover-letter-strategy-kristi-dosh

** You can’t be generic.

6 Ways to Ensure The Cover Letter You Write Is Read

http://chameleonresumes.com/2012/08/09/6-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?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverlettertips/qt/cover-letter-not-required.htm

** Short answer: yes.

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RESUMES

Alex Freund: “Front load” accomplishments on your résumé

https://psgcnjnewsletter.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/4691/

** Assuming you get through the ATS, you have to catch attention – and quick.

Résumé Keywords Are the Keys to Be Found

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/resume-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-use-numbers-make-your-resume-stand-out-nancy-anderson

** 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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/ive-multiple-positions-inside-one-company-write-resume/

** Especially pertinent if you’ve been at a company for a while.

How I Hired Talent

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-i-hired-talent-lynda-spiegel

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/screening-your-resume-what-recruiters-look-15-seconds-lisa

** Reverse engineer this and apply to your resume! Related:

Why Do 90% Of Resumes Go In The Bin (Without Ever Being Read)?

http://arielle.com.au/why-90-of-resumes-go-in-the-bin-without-being-read/

Get Rid Of The Boring Career Summary On Your Resume, Use This Instead.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/get-rid-boring-career-summary-your-resume-use-instead-darius

** 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]

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/07/08/how-to-match-your-resume-to-every-job-you-want-infographic/

** You can’t not try to match them.

10 Resume Quick Fixes

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Do-it-Now/c16g1/559593d40cf2c7ea473d135b

** Foundational basics.

How to Format Your Resume for Electronic Job Applications (What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You. Is That So?)

http://workalpha.com/format-resume-electronic-job-applications-dont-know-wont-hurt/

** IMHO “ATS” really stands for “Application Termination System” given the statistics about how many qualified candidates do not get through.

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INTERVIEWING

How to Ace the Face-to-Face Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-ace-face-to-face-interview-holly-bunn

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-ace-face-to-face-interview-holly-bunn

** My essay, reblogged.

Are You Prepared For This Interview Question? (Most People Are Not)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-prepared-interview-question-most-people-bernard-marr

** 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)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-reasons-youre-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

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/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

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

Interviewing is a Game. Here’s How to Win.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interviewing-game-heres-how-win-anne-dicarlo

** Good basics to review. (Though, seriously, someone who enjoys job hunting?)

7 THINGS YOU MUST SAY TO GET HIRED

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-things-you-must-say-get-hired-cheryl-palmer

** Yup.

Information You Must Have before the Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/information-you-must-have-before-interview-don

** Prepare, prepare, prepare.

10 Things To Bring To Every Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/things-to-take-to-an-interview-infographic/

** I agree with some of these, but… passport pictures and protein bars?

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

7 Great Questions to Ask an Applicant’s References

http://www.eremedia.com/ere/7-great-questions-to-ask-an-applicants-references/

** These are good ones to forewarn references about.

How to Write a Memorable Thank You Note

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-write-memorable-thank-you-note-jessica-breunig

** Don’t just say “Thank you”.

65% of Successful Job Seekers Say “Thank You for the Interview” via Email — RESEARCH FINDING

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2015/07/12/interview-thank-you-email-sent/

** Note that correlation does not imply causation, but… IMHO you cannot ignore sending thank you emails.

Thanks! 20 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7134-thank-you-note-tips.html

** Worth reading, though don’t do all of these at once!

Does Following Up With Employers Really Matter?

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2015/06/09/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.

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

12 egregious mistakes you don’t want to make with your LinkedIn profile

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/06/24/6-mistakes-you-dont-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

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/06/28/why-does-your-linkedin-profile-lack-a-summary/

The 7 Linkedin Tips You Need to Find Your Dream Job Today

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-linkedin-tips-you-need-find-your-dream-job-today-peter-wilford

** Just remember, this doesn’t take the place of doing the work.

De-mystifying LinkedIn Keywords

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/04/28/de-mystifying-linkedin-keywords/?utm_source=LinkedIn

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-leverage-blogs-your-job-search-beverly-harvey

** This is one of the reasons I blog! Related:

Blogging Your Way to the Top: A Beginner’s Compendium

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/how-to-blog

Deadly LinkedIn Mistake: No Professional Photo

http://executivecareerbrand.com/deadly-linkedin-mistake-no-professional-photo/

** Consider a photo session an investment.

3 Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/11/12/3-reasons-youre-not-getting-hired

** It could be you… but then again, it might not be.

Is Your Online Presence Visible Enough for Social Recruiters?

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/07/13/is-your-online-presence-visible-enough-for-social-recruiters/

** It better be – because that’s where people are looking.

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GENERAL

How NOT to Impress a Prospective Employer [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/puts-employers-off-candidates/

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

How to Make Competition Irrelevant

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/07/28/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?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-part-selection-process-nick-deligiannis

** Very definitely, small things matter:

10 tiny things that can ruin your chances of getting hired

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2015/05/10-tiny-things-that-can-ruin-your.html

3 Little Known Ways to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search (Relocation)

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/09/17/conduct-long-distance-job-search-relocation/

** Sometimes moving is an option, or even a desire.

Endear Yourself to the Buyer

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/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”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140603162542-16092438-4-ways-to-turn-no-into-yes

** After all, this is a sales and marketing gig.

The Biggest Mistake Candidates Make On Assessments

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/biggest-mistake-candidates-make-assessments-ji-a-min-masc

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-quick-tips-how-demand-attention-todays-job-market-melanie-l-

** Worth a try.

How Your Attitude Defines Your Job Search

http://www.careerealism.com/attitude-defines-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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/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

http://www.asktheheadhunter.com/halethalrep.htm

8 things that can kill your job chances

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/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

http://careerandresume.com/blog/2015/06/12/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

http://write-solution.com/2013/01/10/companies-hire-skill-sets-not-job-titles/

** True.

The Shoo-in Trap

http://epiccareering.com/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

http://www.grb.uk.com/news/how-to-apply-for-a-job-properly-3-things-we-know-you-dont-do/2015/07/06/2632

** Interesting thoughts.

10 Shortcuts Only The Smartest Job Seekers Know

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-shortcuts-only-smartest-job-seekers-know-bernard-marr

** Solid tips.

3 Best Job Applications Ever

https://applierapp.com/blog/best-job-applications-ever/

** I’m surprised these worked, but…

5 Key Tips to Wow Recruiters

http://careerdirectionsllc.com/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.

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

One in Three Employees Are a Mistake

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/employee-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140421164828-16092438–plays-well-with-others-how-to-hire-the-best-team

** Fitting in is a huge consideration.

4 Benefits of Psychometric Testing Candidates

http://newmanstewart.co.uk/news/view/55/4-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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-reasons-why-times-xq-article-hiring-more-bull-than-lou-adler

How HR optimizes rejection of millions of job applicants

http://corcodilos.com/blog/8064/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

http://www.resumetarget.com/blog/win-hiring-manager/

** What are they thinking? Get inside their heads.

Seven Lies Every Job Interviewer Tells That You Must Be Aware Of!

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/7-annoying-lies-job-interviewers-tell/

** Read between the lines.

4 Interview Questions to Determine Cultural Fit

http://hr.sparkhire.com/cultural-fit/4-interview-questions-to-determine-cultural-fit/

** This is a huge insight.

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SALARY

5 Powerful Negotiation Insights For A Better Deal

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-powerful-negotiation-insights-better-deal-ben-stewart

** Useful advice; just remember, if you’re unemployed, you have very little leverage.

How to Master the Prickly Salary Question With Confidence

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/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

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/07/the-secret-to-smarter-salary-negotiation-vacation-time

** I, and others I know, have had very mixed results on this.

Job Search Article Aggregate – June 21, 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 two weeks or so.

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others. (And if I have your article here but didn’t tweet to you to announce its inclusion, it means I couldn’t find your twitter handle.)
  • If you contact one of the people / organizations mentioned because of my post (e.g., a resume consultant, a job search coach, etc.) please tell them you heard about them through me.
  • If you tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., by adding “via @davidhuntpe” to the tweet) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

(Plug: If you really like this aggregate – and consider that I put several hours into each of these! – please check out my SRG page; buy from my affiliates who pay me a commission. If you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support. Or take a look at the kind of places I’m looking for work – perhaps you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who works there; an introduction would be welcomed! And please consider that I have broadened my geographical search area.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

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:

Dinner Guests from History

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dinner-guests-from-history-david-hunt-pe

** In which I answer one of my own “penetrating questions”. (Insights into yours truly.)

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-wrong-picture-david-hunt-pe

** Why can’t so many good people find jobs?

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

Visiting Suppliers

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/visiting-suppliers-a-critical-part-of-a-business/

`** Three examples of why visiting suppliers, whether prospective, established, or best-in-class, is a very good idea.

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

How to Fix the 12 Reasons Your Job Search Is So Long

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-fix-12-reasons-your-job-search-so-long-joanne-meehl

** A very good list, insofar as it applies to factors you can control. Sort-of related:

5 Strategies To Keep Your Job Search Momentum Going

http://mymarketability.com/blog/5-strategies-to-keep-your-job-search-momentum-going

** Do something, even if only one thing, every day. More:

If You Want To Fail, Do Absolutely Nothing

http://debsylee.com/social-media-fail/

** And flipping to the negative:

How You May Be Subconsciously Sabotaging Your Job Search

http://www.simplyhired.com/blog/jobsearch/job-search-tips/subconsciously-sabotaging-job-search/

Are You Sabotaging Your Chances For A Job Or Promotion?

http://www.careerwomaninc.com/2015/06/are-you-sabotaging-your-chances-for-a-job-or-promotion/

You are conducting a lazy job search!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-conducting-lazy-job-search-lavie-margolin

This Formula Gets You Hired Every Time.

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/this-formula-gets-you-hired-every-time/

** Really good advice from Marcia.

Leaving The Nest – Surviving Layoffs

http://work911.com/articles/layoffs.htm

** Control what you can, adjust to what you cannot.

Temporary, Part-Time and Volunteer Jobs: How Do They Fit on My Resume?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140710134117-512381-temporary-part-time-and-volunteer-jobs-how-do-they-fit-on-my-resume

** Very relevant in today’s economy where people are taking temporary and/or contract jobs to try and make ends meet. And related, by the same author:

Transition Resumes: Consultant to Employee

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/transition-resumes-consultant-employee-robin-schlinger

** And related to the long-term unemployed:

Top tips to improve your employability after a long term career break

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/01/29/top-tips-to-improve-your-employability-after-a-long-term-career-break/

6 Ways to Learn About a Company’s Culture

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/03/6-ways-to-learn-about-a-companys-culture

** Spot-on. A company’s culture can make or break you. And this is useful in a reverse-engineering sort of way:

Choosing a Business Partner? 4 Qualities to Look For

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8116-co-founder-qualities.html

And here are my thoughts on investigating a company:

Cultural Splinters

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/cultural-splinters/

** And more thoughts on things to consider about a company:

10 Creative Ways to Choose Your Next Employer

http://epiccareering.com/10-creative-ways-to-choose-your-next-employer/

12 Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Took the Job — Infographic

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2013/04/02/12thing/

How to find the right company culture for you

http://blog.mypeoplebiz.com/2015/05/how-to-find-the-right-company-culture-for-you/

** And on the researching-the-company topic in general:

How to research a company before your job interview

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/how-to-research-a-company-before-your-job-interview

10 Surprising Websites and 2 Secret Places Where You Can Research Employers

http://epiccareering.com/10-surprising-websites-and-2-secret-places-where-you-can-research-employers/

5 Mistakes that Managers Commit When Hiring

http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/5-mistakes-that-managers-commit-when-hiring

** This is interesting, as it gives insights into how you can anticipate issues they may have and answer them without their even asking.

3 Early Bird Tactics to Uncover New Sales Opportunities

http://www.jillkonrath.com/sales-blog/early-bird-sales-tactics

** Several lessons applicable to the sales job you, as a job-seeker, are in: selling yourself.

Top Five Articles Job Seekers Need to Read This Week June 15, 2015

http://acaciahrsolutions.com/top-five-articles-job-seekers-need-to-read-this-week-june-15-2015/

** Worth perusing.

How your personality can help you land or lose a job

http://www.keppiecareers.com/personality-can-help-land-lose-job/

** I’ve run into a few people whose strong personality cost them a job offer.

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PICKS FOR CAREER RESOURCES

A Plus Career and Resume

http://www.careerandresume.com/resources/index.htm

** Some great resources, plus list of other sites, here.

Graduate Recruitment Bureau

http://www.grb.uk.com/graduate-job-advice

** Another collection of resources; aimed at newer graduates but useful for all.

Career Solvers

http://www.careersolvers.com/blog/

** Look along the left – lots of stuff.

IntellegoJobs

http://intellegojobs.intellego-publishing.com/

** Look here for job listings.

Jobs Blog

http://www.experience.com/entry-level-jobs/category/careers/jobs/

** A bunch of useful articles.

HR Culture Club

http://www.hrcultureclub.com/category/uncategorized/

** A slew of advice articles.

EvilHRLady

http://evilhrlady.org/

** Good commentary. (And I love the blog name.)

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

8 major job-search changes for older workers

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/03/22/7-major-job-search-changes-for-older-workers/

** It’s a whole new world.

America Is Unready for the Era of the Aging Worker

http://www.nextavenue.org/america-unready-era-aging-worker/

** Not only unready, but increasingly shunting them into a “Logan’s Run” existence.

The 50+ Worker: Talented, Needed, But Not Yet In Demand

http://encore.org/uncategorized/the-50-worker-talented-needed-but-not-yet-in-demand/

** Especially note the part about older workers being more stable. Leverage that. Related:

5 Ways to Beat Age Discrimination in Hiring

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/18/5-ways-to-beat-age-discrimination-in-hiring

Reinventing Your Career? 5 Steps To Assess Your Transferable Skills

http://www.careerealism.com/assess-transferable-skills-career/

** Not just for older workers, but particularly relevant to them.

Show Your Experience Like Fine Wine

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Show-Your-Experience-Like-Fine-Wine/c16g1/556670040cf248741761f1d9

** And another piece by the same author:

Are you More or Less than 40 Years Old?

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Are-you-More-or-Less-than-40-Years-Old/c16g1/A0327F8C-6D68-4CCE-B5B7-C6DC8EF4D9E3

** And related:

9 Real Reasons Overqualified Job Seekers are Rejected

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/reasons-overqualified-job-seekers-are-rejected/

** Often, many of these objections can be handled by proactively changing the game:

The “O” Word 2

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/the-o-word-2/

** More on this:

Overqualified?

http://one2oneresumes.com.au/overqualified/

Covert Discrimination: What You Need to Know About Coded Job Listings

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/06/covert-discrimination-what-you-need-to-know-about-coded-job-listings

** IMHO, short of a discreet recording device and an inadvertent comment, you’ll have a hard time proving something. (Note: this is not a recommendation to carry such a device!)

Overcoming Ageism in Your Executive Job Search

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/overcome-ageism-executive-job-search.aspx

** It’s there. From the same site:

Top 10 Job Search Strategies for Executives Over 40

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/top-10-job-search-strategies-for-executives-over-40.aspx

** You cannot ignore it. But you can overcome it. And you must not let its existence paralyze you.

What Senior Job Candidates Should Know Before Applying

http://thecareercafe.co.uk/blog/?p=9660#sthash.Tlv3iy48.dpuf

** Can you use these to differentiate yourself from the younger crowd?

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NETWORKING

Networking Is Over. Welcome Sweatworking?

http://www.fastcompany.com/3047240/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/networking-is-over-welcome-sweatworking

** If it gets you out and meeting people, that’s a good thing, regardless of the venue.

Bypass HR: 3 Steps to Connecting Internally to a Company

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bypass-hr-3-steps-connecting-internally-company-kristin-sherry

** Some nice tips to try and get around the gatekeepers.

3 Rules of Business Card Etiquette

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/01/3-rules-of-business-card-etiquette

** And make it something a person can write on… nothing more frustrating than meeting a potential “great contact” and wanting to make some notes on the card – and the shiny cardstock won’t let your pen make a mark!

10 Killer Networking Questions That Spark Meaningful Conversation

http://mymarketability.com/blog/10-killer-networking-questions-that-spark-meaningful-conversation

** Especially good for people leaning towards introversion, and/or in situations where you know nobody. (I tend to use #1 a lot.)

Red Lobster President Explains Why You Should Never Eat Lunch Alone

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/06/16/red-lobster-president-never-eat-lunch-alone/

** Networking is a life-long thing. Don’t ignore it once you land… and if you land, create good karma by helping others. (I really like this quote by Kevin Spacey: “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.”)

6 Ways to Work a Room

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245582

** Some new to me. Good piece.

7 Tips to Becoming a Master Networker

http://www.cheatsheet.com/personal-finance/7-tips-to-becoming-a-master-networker.html/?a=viewall

** All good.

A Case Against Open Networking

http://www.winningimpression.com/open-networking/

** I agree.

Success is in the Follow-up!

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2015/03/success-is-in-follow-up.html

** So critical, and so often overlooked. And another by the same author:

Mingling for a Job

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2015/01/mingling-for-job.html

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 this is that you have one common bond. This tends to increase the response rate.

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COVER LETTERS

The Cover Letter Format to Use to Get Your Resume Read

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/example-cover-letter-format-gets-your-resume-read/

** There is no perfect formula, but this is a good guideline.

Six Ways to Make Sure your Cover Letter Gets Read

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/six-ways-make-sure-your-cover-letter-gets-read-lynda-spiegel

** Some good ideas, and I like the idea of proactively including a link to your LinkedIn profile… just make sure it’s consistent with your resume. And related:

The Ins and Outs of Cover Letters

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/11/the-ins-and-outs-of-cover-letters

** Remember the goal of your cover letter: to make them read your resume. More:

7 Secrets to Savvy Cover Letters

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/09/5-secrets-to-savvy-cover-letters

How to Organize a Cover Letter/Email

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141117151023-512381-how-to-organize-a-cover-letter-email

** Solid must-haves.

Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts- Infographic

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/author/jobcluster/

** Useful and easy-to-digest.

5 Common Words That Make You Sound Less Confident in Emails

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-common-words-that-make-you-sound-less-confident-in-emails

** Confidence is king. Just remember that one person’s confidence is another person’s arrogance.

The Difference Between an E-Note and a Cover Letter

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/5105/the-difference-between-an-e-note-and-a-cover-letter

** Some subtle differences noted.

15 Email Signature Mistakes You Might Be Making

http://blog.hubspot.com/sales/email-signature-mistakes-you-might-be-making

** Slideshow.

Cover letter- Basic tips

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/06/12/cover-letter-basic-tips/

** This is your ambassador; your opening salvo.

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RESUMES

Should I Use a Chronological or Functional Resume Format?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/chronological-functional-resume/

** The real answer is “it depends”; however, when people see a functional format they assume – whether rightly or wrongly – that you’re trying to hide something.

Verbs Do the Heavy Lifting on Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/verbs-do-heavy-lifting-jack-mulcahy

** Absolutely!

Resume Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/modern-resume-etiquette-dos-donts/

** Basics.

8 Subtle Mistakes On Resumes That You Should Avoid

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-mistakes-avoid-subtle/

** The first rule: don’t screw up. And related:

These 5 Résumé Mistakes Are Hurting Your Job Search

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/15/these-5-resume-mistakes-are-hurting-your-job-search

4 Tips For The DIY Resume Writer

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-writer-tips/

** I especially agree with #1. You can lay all the job-search experts end-to-end and not reach a conclusion. More on that:

How To Resolve Conflicting Resume Advice

http://careertrend.net/how-to-resolve-conflicting-resume-advice

3 Resume Ideas For Getting A Job Which You’re Not Qualified For.

http://arielle.com.au/3-resume-ideas-for-getting-a-job-which-youre-not-qualified-for/

** Given the quest for the “Purple Squirrel” these days, it seems as though every job is one for which you are not perfectly qualified. Especially given the quest for the Fantasy Date.

10 Simple Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3207-resume-writing-tips.html

** Slideshow with advice from multiple sources. Related:

Optimizing Your Resume for the 10-Second Initial Review

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2014/04/28/optimizing-your-resume-for-the-10-second-initial-review/

The Resume Summary Statement: When You Need One and How to Do It

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-resume-summary-statement-when-you-need-one-and-how-to-do-it

** Personally, I don’t see how you can NOT have one.

Resume Help: Catching up with the Times

http://careersdonewrite.com/blog/resume-help-catching-up-with-the-times.html

** Stay up to date, definitely. Related:

Modernize Your Resume for 2015 (two parts)

http://www.talentculture.com/career-strategy/modernize-your-resume-for-2015-part-1/

http://www.talentculture.com/career-strategy/modernize-your-resume-for-2015-part-2/

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INTERVIEWING

The Interview Focus Is on Future, Not Past

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-focus-future-past-alex-freund

** A very pertinent thing to keep in mind.

20 Ways You Are Turning Off Your Interviewer

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/ways-turning-off-interviewer/

** What are they looking for? And remember, very often a first interview is a screen-out process. Only when you get to the second one are they screening you in. Related:

10 Toxic Words You Must Not Say in a Job Interview

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242809

Top 7 Characteristics that Interviewers Hate

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/characteristics-interviewers-hate/

** Very much aimed at making your resume ATS-friendly.

The Top 5 Embarrassing Errors to Avoid in Your Job Interview

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/02/the-top-5-embarrassing-errors-to-avoid-in-your-job-interview

** I agree, mostly.

The 3 Questions One CEO Hopes to Hear from Everyone He Interviews — But Hardly Ever Does

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/06/18/questions-ceo-hopes-to-hear-interviews/

** So, can you squeeze these in (appropriately)? More:

Interview due diligence: What to ask the hiring manager

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/interview-questions-job-seekers-ask

** And the latest in my series of “penetrating questions” to ask on interviews:

Ask 7: Eight (More) Unique Questions to Ask During an Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ask-7-eight-more-unique-questions-during-interview-david-hunt-pe

** And another article with some questions I have not seen:

7 Killer Questions to Ask at Your Next Interview

https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-killer-questions-to-ask-at-your-next-interview

The One Question That Makes or Breaks a Job Interview

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/07/one-question-that-makes-or-breaks-job-interview/

** Never, never heard this one… but now that it’s out there, don’t be surprised if you get hit by it. Related:

The Strategy Behind Weird Interview Questions

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233056

Why You Should Never Wear Orange To An Interview

http://www.fastcompany.com/3036012/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/why-you-should-never-wear-orange-to-an-interview

** First impressions count, a lot, and the clothing decisions you make play a huge role in that critical first seven seconds (my essay, reblogged):

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 two more clothing-related pieces:

Can Wearing Black Really Give you a Sales Edge?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/can-wearing-black-really-give-you-sales-edge-jill-konrath

How To Dress For a Job Interview

http://www.aceboston.net/resources/staffing-agencies-massachusetts-news-blog/#sthash.wCX7m79k.dpbs

** And another piece on first impressions:

13 Tricks for Impressing Anyone You Meet in Under 30 Seconds

https://www.themuse.com/advice/13-tricks-for-impressing-anyone-you-meet-in-under-30-seconds

** And I still like this book:

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

How to Answer Interview Questions About Termination

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/how-to/a/questions-about-termination.htm

** Solid advice. And related by the same author:

Job Interview Answer: Why Were You Fired?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewfired.htm

** Definitely, a critical aspect of answering this question is to show that you learned something from it.

Stand Out: Personal Branding for Job Interview Success

http://www.job-hunt.org/personal-branding/branding-job-interviews.shtml

** And some thoughts of my own:

Differentiate Yourself in an Interview: Beyond Your Background

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/differentiate-yourself-in-an-interview-beyond-your-background/

Why Join Our Company?

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Why-Join-Our-Company/c16g1/558091020cf298dc5b9b4af6

** There’s a fine line between interest and desperation. And from the same author:

Why should I hire you?

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Why-should-I-hire-you/c16g1/5581ebbd0cf27a6b7453e3f6

Job Interview Question: What Major Challenges and Problems Did You Face?

http://www.simplyhired.com/blog/jobsearch/interviews/interview-question-major-challenges-problems-face/

** Wrap your answers in stories. They’ll engage.

How to Promote Yourself in Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/describe-yourself-in-job-interview-infographic/

** Useful thoughts.

Sweaty palms? How to survive interview hell

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150424-how-to-survive-interview-hell

** Thoughts on how to deal with the stress. And a book I really liked:

Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed

How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

http://biginterview.com/blog/2015/02/how-to-sell-yourself-in-an-interview.html

** Ultimately, it’s about how to match what you have to what they need – and make them see it.

Interview Traps To Avoid

http://www.aceboston.net/2015/05/27/interview-traps-to-avoid/

** Sage advice. Remember, no matter how friendly the interviewers are, they are not your buddy.

Why Are You Still Unemployed?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/why-are-you-still-unemployed_b_6360078.html

** Too many hiring managers still don’t grasp today’s sucks-canal-water economy.

Top 10 Interview Tips From An Etiquette Professional

http://www.experience.com/entry-level-jobs/jobs-and-careers/interview-resources/top-10-interview-tips-from-an-etiquette-professional/

** An interesting take on things.

Lesser known Interview Tips

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/04/21/lesser-known-interview-tips/

** Basics.

A series on panel interviewing

https://interviewheaven.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-panels-perspective-with-louise-cook/

https://interviewheaven.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/the-panels-perspective-with-paul-robinson/

https://interviewheaven.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/the-panels-perspective-with-kenny-cavey/

https://interviewheaven.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/the-panels-perspective-with-tom-mallory/

https://interviewheaven.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-panels-perspective-with-thomas-crane/

6 Secrets of The New Interview

http://corcodilos.com/blog/8049/6-secrets-of-the-new-interview

** In particular, note #1. This is why networking is so utterly critical.

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

I Had My Interview. Now What? 5 Post-Interview Tips.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-had-my-interview-now-what-5-post-interview-tips-kristin-sherry

** Some excellent follow-up advice.

5 Elements of a Great Thank-You Note

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/02/5-elements-of-a-great-thank-you-note

** It still boggles me how many people do not write thank-you notes. Related:

Top 5 Questions About Thank You Letters

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-5-questions-thank-you-letters-barbara-safani

What To Do If You Don’t Get That Job

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4872/what-to-do-if-you-dont-get-that-job

** And unless you got the bum’s rush out the door, do make an effort to stay in occasional touch, especially if you can find an article or link you think would be interesting and/or useful.

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

6 Steps to Building A Solid Online Presence

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/6-steps-build-online-presence/

** Interesting techniques.

5 sections of a résumé and LinkedIn profile that show your value

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/01/08/5-components-of-a-resume-and-linkedin-profile-that-brand-you/

** It’s about readability and perception.

How To Respond To Job Openings On LinkedIn

http://www.careerealism.com/job-openings-linkedin-responding/

** Good advice.

3 Tips for Using Social Media to Jumpstart your Job Search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-tips-using-social-media-jumpstart-your-job-search-lynda-spiegel

** General but solid.

The 3 Biggest Social Media Snafus That Can Cost You the Job

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/06/15/the-3-biggest-social-media-snafus-that-can-cost-you-the-job

** I agree one should not be “out there” with every bikini pose, drink held, political view, rant, etc. At the same time, people who hold themselves under such strict control that they post nothing that might cause offense to anyone, ever, are also suspect – and that’s not just my opinion, I’ve read articles to that effect. To wit:

Unemployed? Blame Your (Lack of) Social Media Presence

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/05/unemployed-blame-your-(lack-of)-social-media-presence

** So I think it’s time to bring up some thoughts for rules on this:

Social Media Vetting: Proposed Standards (Long)

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/social-media-vetting-proposed-standards-long/

** I have this image of someone in HR needing smelling salts, or a hiring manager needing to open the window for fresh air, at the merest social media hint that a person has a life outside their job… and is enjoying it. And round-about related to that:

If No One Has a Bad Opinion About You, You Are Doing Something Utterly Wrong

http://www.inc.com/quora/if-no-one-has-a-bad-opinion-about-you-you-are-doing-something-utterly-wrong.html

** This brings to mind one of my favorite Winston Churchill quotations: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

Unemployment Bias: Create Your Own Opportunities

http://epiccareering.com/unemployment-bias-create-your-own-opportunities/

** Do something. Even volunteering. Related:

Career Success Guide: How to Stay Employed (Even When You’re Unemployed)

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/06/career-success-guide-how-to-stay-employed-even-when-youre-unemployed

The Twitter Wars, or, How Not to Get Noticed By Recruiters

http://www.resumeconfidential.ca/2011/09/the-twitter-wars-or-how-not-to-get-noticed-by-recruiters/

** A tweet can go viral, and it could be good… or very bad:

Why a viral Tweet might not be what you really want

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2015/05/why-viral-tweet-might-not-be-what-you.html

Personal branding on LinkedIn: 11 mistakes to avoid

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/05/personal-branding-on-linkedin-11-mistakes-to-avoid/

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

9 Be’s: Successful Blogger Secrets You Need to Know

http://rebekahradice.com/blogger-secrets-you-need-to-know/

** Useful if you blog.

The Ultimate Social Media Guide to Getting a Job [Infographic]

http://www.exertusjobs.co.uk/blog/marketing/the-ultimate-social-media-guide-to-getting-a-job-infographic/

** Good (though there is no panacea).

There’s an “I” in LinkedIn, don’t be afraid to use it!

http://interviewiq.com.au/there-is-an-i-in-linkedin-dont-be-afraid-to-use-it

** An interesting approach.

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GENERAL

Mistakes to avoid on business lunch meetings

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mistakes-avoid-business-lunch-meetings-lavie-margolin

** Good things to keep in mind when eating out, whether on an interview or at a general business meal.

Personal SWOT Analysis: Finding Your Career Strengths & Weaknesses

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5543-personal-swot-analysis.html

** Know yourself. And get other opinions on what you’ve done too – others can see what you can miss.

Six Changes Coming to the Workforce

https://www.recruiter.com/i/six-changes-coming-to-the-workforce/

** Scrying the future. And a strong downside to the temporary/contract aspect (my essay, reblogged):

Why contractors are the future and the downsides of hiring a mercenary workforce

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/12/why-contractors-are-future-and.html

When should graduating seniors start their job search? Four years ago.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-should-graduating-seniors-start-job-search-four-ago-marilyn

** Whether you are a college freshman or a 50+ person, always expect that you might need to ramp up a job search on short notice. And be ready for it.

Use Job Boards for Research … Not to Find Jobs

http://executiveresumebranding.com/use-job-boards-for-research-not-to-find-jobs/

** I agree. And if you DO see a job you like, don’t hit “submit” but try to tunnel in first.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: A Background Check … Before the Interview?

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/06/payscales-vip-blog-roundup-a-background-check-before-the-interview-

** Seriously? And referenced in this article is:

employer wouldn’t interview me unless I authorized an invasive background check before we even talked

http://www.askamanager.org/2015/06/employer-wouldnt-interview-me-unless-i-authorized-an-invasive-background-check-before-we-even-talked.html

** Which brings up:

Job Seekers: Watch Your Back(ground)

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/job-seekers-watch-your-background/

Your craziest job interview stories: ‘The chair flew up and knocked out my teeth’

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/2015/may/14/craziest-job-interview-stories

** Funny – on the lighter side.

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

Pre-Employment Tests for Critical Thinking Skills

http://www.successperformancesolutions.com/employment-tests/general-mental-abilities/pre-employment-tests-for-critical-thinking-skills/

** I think these tests are a useful, but only up to a point. People are using these as a crutch to avoid having to make decisions themselves.

10 of the Most Revealing Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates

http://hr.sparkhire.com/interviewing/10-of-the-most-revealing-interview-questions-to-ask-job-candidates/

** Don’t be surprised if you get asked some of these – they’re pretty good. Related:

6 Interview Questions You Must Ask if You Want to Hire the Best People

http://www.inc.com/thomas-koulopoulos/6-interview-questions-you-must-ask-if-you-want-to-hire-the-best-people.html

Stop Hiring the Disengaged!

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/stop-hiring-the-disengaged/

** There’s enthusiasm, and then there’s cultish enthusiasm. If I might be permitted to indulge in some cynicism, it seems as though it’s no longer enough to be passionate about one’s career field and view doing a good job as a must, one must – it seems – have a passion for the product beforehand, and that approaching the level of religious fervor.

Recruiting 101: The Secret Hiring Sauce

http://recruiterbox.com/blog/recruiting-101-the-secret-hiring-sauce/

** What are they thinking? Related:

The 10 Most Popular Articles Among Recruiters This Week

http://talent.linkedin.com/blog/index.php/2015/06/the-10-most-popular-articles-among-recruiters-this-week-15

** And… what are they reading?

What are some of the biggest red flags in an interviewee?

http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-biggest-red-flags-in-an-interviewee/answer/Joey-Trebif?srid=RHfM

** Insights. And related, from the same author:

9 Reasons Why I Won’t Hire You

http://careeralley.com/interviews/10-reasons-wont-hire/

** Another piece in this line:

10 Reasons I Didn’t Hire You Today

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/06/15/10-reasons-i-did-not-hire-you-today/

** Understand why they might be avoiding you.

The Secret Meanings of Job Interview Questions

http://www.simplyhired.com/blog/jobsearch/interviews/secret-meanings-job-interview-questions/

** Understand why they ask questions. There are hidden layers.

Stop Hiring “Toads!”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stop-hiring-toads-john-boyens

** What are they afraid of? The – DA DUH DAAAA – “bad hire”. Sort-of related:

How to Spot a Bad Candidate Who Looked So Perfect on Paper

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-spot-a-bad-candidate-who-looked-so-perfect-on-paper

Top 5 Reasons That New Hires Fail (Study)

http://thecareercafe.co.uk/blog/?p=4022

They Have The Talent But Do They Have The Personality?

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/4910/they-have-the-talent-but-do-they-have-the-personality

15 interview questions to measure emotional intelligence

https://agenda.weforum.org/2014/12/15-interview-questions-to-measure-emotional-intelligence/

** Useful given that EQ is becoming quite the topic to examine.

How Managers Can Make Better Hiring Decisions

http://playbook.amanet.org/how-managers-can-make-better-hiring-decisions/

** What weighs on their mind?

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SALARY

Should I Include Salary Requirements on My Resume?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/salary-requirements-resume/

** Short answer: no.

Payscale’s Salary Negotiation Guide

http://www.payscale.com/salary-negotiation-guide

** A whole bunch of topical resource links.

5 Ways to Successfully Negotiate Anything

http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/5-ways-to-successfully-negotiate-anything.html

** It all depends on how desperate you are… and how much you show it.

12 Most Honest Reasons to Lie When Interviewers Ask Your Current Salary

http://12most.com/2014/09/30/12-honest-reasons-lie-interviewers-current-salary/

** I’m not recommending lying per se; my tack is simply to say that “I’m seeking a salary in <X-Y> range.” IMHO, what you made elsewhere is none of peoples’ business. But, presenting this in case this tactic strikes a chord and works for someone.

Job Search Article Aggregate (June 7, 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 12-14 days. (Note change in time frame now that I have a job, albeit a part-time one, which reduces the time available for me to compile these.)

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others.
  • If you contact one of the people / organizations mentioned because of my post (e.g., a resume consultant, a job search coach, etc.) please tell them you heard about them through me.
  • If you tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., by adding “via @davidhuntpe” to the tweet) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

(Plug: If you really like this aggregate – and consider that I put a fair amount of time into this! – please check out my SRG page; buy from my affiliates who pay me a commission. If you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support. Or take a look at the kind of places I’m looking for work – perhaps you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who works there; an introduction would be welcomed! And please consider that I have broadened my geographical search area.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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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.

But first, a special note: Neil Patrick was kind enough to guest post an essay of mine.

10 tiny things that can ruin your chances of getting hired

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/10-tiny-things-that-can-ruin-your.html

Then, my last three original essays (normally two, but I’ve published three since the last Aggregate).

Pegging Out the Nerd-O-Meter: My Morning Commute

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/pegging-out-nerd-o-meter-my-morning-commute-david-hunt-pe/

** A statistical analysis of my commute time.

Some Interesting News About Health and Weight Loss

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/some-interesting-news-health-weight-loss-david-hunt-pe/

** Exercise is good, but apparently has little to do with weight loss – and other news.

Observations from a Trade Show

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/observations-from-trade-show-david-hunt-pe/

** Things I noticed at a recent trade show in Boston.

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

Whacking the Nerve Again

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/whacking-the-nerve-again/

** Why are companies who scream about there being a “shortage” avoiding job-seeker networking groups when looking for candidates.

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

4 Ways to Overcome A Lack of ‘Relevant’ Work Experience

http://ashleystahl.com/4-ways-to-overcome-a-lack-of-relevant-work-experience/

** Not just for 20-somethings!

The 3 Best Sales Negotiation Tactics Ever

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-best-sales-negotiation-tactics-ever-sean-mcpheat

** After all, what is a job search but a marketing and sales effort?

11 FBI Tactics To Win An Argument

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/11-fbi-tactics-win-argument-larae-quy

** And I highly recommend this book which goes into many of these techniques at length:

Dinosaur Brains: Dealing with All THOSE Impossible People at Work Paperback

http://amzn.to/1EX9IVL

12 Things You Wish You’d Known Before Taking the Job [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/known-before-taking-job/

** And ask around in related networking / industry groups. Companies have reputations. Don’t dismiss bad comments because you’re starry-eyed.

REAL Reason 80% Jobs Gotten Via Referral

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/real-reason-80-jobs-gotten-via-referral-j-t-o-donnell

** Very interesting.

The Key Factor Almost Every Hiring Manager Overlooks

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/key-factor-almost-every-hiring-manager-overlooks-jeff-haden

** I find it interesting… I’ve attempted to network into numerous companies specifically because I’d like to work at those companies. I have enthusiasm for those companies and the products they make. Strange. Related:

How to Reach Your Hiring Manager Directly

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-reach-your-hiring-manager-directly-liz-ryan

Include your LinkedIn profile URL on your job-search documents

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/include-your-linkedin-profile-url-job-search-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** Plus some rules to follow if you do this.

The Undercover Interview Can Be the Best Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/undercover-interview-can-best-jeff-haden

** Really sneaky IMHO despite the author’s assurance to the contrary; watch for this in an interview!!

The Psychology of Sales Marketing and the Human Mind

http://seotechyworld.com/psychology-sales-marketing-human-mind/

** Remember, looking for work is a sales & marketing job.

How To Get Out Of Your Unemployment Funk

http://www.careerealism.com/unemployment-funk/

** If you’ve been out a while, it’s easy to fall into despair and apathy.

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JOB SEARCH SITES

Employment Spot

http://www.employmentspot.com/state-employment-search/

** You can also search by specific city, and by industry. They also have a large compilation of advice articles:

Employment Articles

http://www.employmentspot.com/employment-articles/

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

Why opposing viewpoints should be more important than cultural diversity

http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2015/05/11/why-opposing-viewpoints-should-be-more-important-than-cultural-diversity/

** I thought this was interesting as far as leveraging your age as a “diversity” factor!

The “Digital Native” Fallacy & Anti-Boomer Job Discrimination

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/digital-native-fallacy-anti-boomer-job-discrimination-john-tarnoff

** Some clues to be gleaned here.

Fighting Stereotypes In The Job Search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fighting-stereotypes-job-search-jason-alba

** True for all, but especially older job seekers.

job-hopping is killing your career

http://www.askamanager.org/2012/10/job-hopping-is-killing-your-career.html

** What group is most associated with job-hopping? Millenials. What group has the most stability (and usually incentives to not job hop)? Older workers. Think about how you can leverage that. Related:

Job Hopping Is the ‘New Normal’ for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/08/14/job-hopping-is-the-new-normal-for-millennials-three-ways-to-prevent-a-human-resource-nightmare/

** I attempted to contact the author to give my feedback about how disappointed I was in this article. Specifically, to the point that there was no mention at all about older workers or any thought given to anything other than dangling beads and trinkets to entice Millenials to stay longer. No reply. Either she didn’t get the message, or I’m just one of the hoi polloi and unworthy of a reply.

Reinventing Your Career? 5 Steps To Assess Your Transferable Skills

http://www.careerealism.com/assess-transferable-skills-career/

** A good checklist to go through.

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NETWORKING

Don’t Overlook Volunteering as a Networking Opportunity

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-overlook-volunteering-networking-opportunity-adam-goldstein

** And it gets you to meet people face to face – the best kind of networking.

Cold Email Critique – Avoid These 8 Mistakes

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cold-email-critique-avoid-8-mistakes-sean-mcpheat

** Easier said than done, but definitely impactful. Related:

The Most Stupid Opening Lines To Sales Emails

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140627082840-27246208-the-most-stupid-opening-lines-to-sales-emails

** The first rule – don’t screw up.

Hate Making Small Talk? One Approach ANYONE Can Use

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hate-making-small-talk-one-approach-anyone-can-use-jeff-haden

** I like it. (And if you’re a high-power person with lots of connections, this goes doubly!)

How to Stop the Excuses and Start Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-stop-excuses-start-networking-karen-silins

** It takes time.

How to Get Started as a Networker [9 Key Principles]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/started-as-networker/

** Excellent basics.

Why Networking is Pointless, But Building Relationships Works

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-networking-pointless-building-relationships-works-cory-levy

** I absolutely agree with this. At issue, however, is the fact that most people are too crazybusy to build relationships, let alone have networking meetings.

10 Ideas for Getting an Interview without Applying

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-ideas-getting-interview-without-applying-lou-adler

** Some interesting ideas in here.

Why People Hate Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-people-hate-networking-joel-caney

** If it’s that hard, you’re doing it wrong! And another by the same author:

Networking Tip: How to Properly Answer the Question “What Do You Do?”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-tip-how-properly-answer-question-what-do-you-joel-caney

** A nice approach to distinctively answer a common question.

18 Tips For Following Up After A Networking Event

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/18-tips-following-up-after-networking-event-lisa

** Follow-up is essential.

3 Tips For Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

http://www.careerealism.com/elevator-pitch-tips-perfecting/

** This is a critical part of networking – it’s your intro.

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COVER LETTERS

How to Write Effective Cover Letters

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-write-effective-cover-letters-joel-caney

** Remember that a cover letter has one job only: to get them to be interested enough to look at your resume.

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RESUMES

How to Fix a Spotty Employment History

http://www.employmentspot.com/employment-articles/how-to-fix-a-spotty-employment-history/

** You may be unemployed, but if you can add one of these into the mix, it could help.

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INTERVIEWING

The key to your next job interview? Don’t overthink it.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/key-your-next-job-interview-dont-overthink-ragini-parmar

** I like this perspective.

I’m Bored Of Hearing This At Interviews

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141010081705-27246208-i-m-bored-of-hearing-this-at-interviews

** The real answer is “It depends on what needs to be done…” and then give an example of each.

What is the Logic Behind the Most Popular Interview Questions? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

** Understanding why they ask what they ask can help you prepare.

Science says the fourth person to interview for a job is most likely to get it

http://www.businessinsider.com/always-go-fourth-during-interviews-2015-5

** Not like you have any control over this. But I suspect that part of why this happens is not only because of what the article discusses, but as they interview the first three people they refine and better understand what they want – and thus are able to adapt their interviewing to that.

The Secret to Landing More Job Interviews

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/secret-landing-more-job-interviews-joel-caney

** I think it’s a black art myself.

7 Secrets of Nailing Your Follow Up Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-secrets-nailing-your-follow-up-interview-heather-huhman

** Several useful tips! And remember, if you’re there for a second interview, they think you probably cut the mustard and are now looking for confirmation.

3 Tips On How To Answer: ‘Why Should We Hire You?’

http://www.careerealism.com/answer-why-hire-you/

** Differentiation.

Still talking only about “we” during an interview?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/still-talking-only-we-during-interview-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** There’s a fine line between showing how you did things, and being a selfish braggart. The same holds true for the other direction.

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

How to Follow Up after a Poor Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-follow-up-after-poor-interview-goodman-certified-resume-writer

** Worth trying. IMHO you’ll probably not get the job, but don’t just sit there saying “Oh well”.

Thanks for Nothing? What to Say When You Don’t Get the Job

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141129043730-9555828-thanks-for-nothing-what-to-say-when-you-don-t-get-the-job

** Odds are good you won’t get anything useful – feedback, contacts, referrals to others, etc. – but it’s worth trying.

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

Navigating the Reputation Economy: Lies Do Count

http://chameleonresumes.com/2015/05/08/navigating-reputation-economy-lies-count/

** A reputation that takes years to build can be shattered by a single tweet – remember that woman who tweeted on her way to South Africa? On the other hand, though, don’t be paralyzed: a company looking for an excuse to weed you out will find one.

Hello. My Brand is…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hello-my-brand-margaret-donnell

** In one respect, I’m not a product. On the other hand, I am.

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GENERAL

Will Your Increasing Waistline Decrease Your Career Success?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-increasing-waistline-decrease-career-success-sean-mcpheat

** What’s really being looked at when people consider your weight? A: Your perceived energy level. Whether rightly or wrongly, if you are overly-heavy it will be seen as a proxy for other things – energy, health, etc.

What Does “You’re Not A Good Fit” Really Mean?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-does-youre-good-fit-really-mean-liz-ryan

** IMHO, this is a cop-out, and very dismissive of the basic humanity of job seekers. I’m an adult, tell me. And this is sort-of related:

Why Employers Don’t Respond to Job Applications

http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/employers-dont-respond-job-applications/

** Read the comments too; the anger at employers is palpable. Which brings up:

Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/peeing-in-the-candidate-reservoir/

** The poor treatment of candidates is not an isolated problem. It affects every single company.

How to Make Competition Irrelevant

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/07/28/make-competition-irrelevant/

** I like the idea; easier said than done, methinks.

How to Stop Screening Yourself Out

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-stop-screening-yourself-out-erica-tew-cprw

** True; on the flip side of this is the search for the Purple Squirrel. And a cartoon whose message is meant to be political (don’t worry, it’s not offensive or against any particular side), but it applies here too:

https://davidhuntpe.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/e6204-toons2bm23a2b252842529.jpg

** When confronted by mismatch between the candidates applying (and getting through the ATS, but that’s another matter entirely) and requirements, most choose to blame the candidates. This is a good excuse to bring up my essay on The Undercover Recruiter:

What is “The Perfect Fit”?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/perfect-fit-perspectives/

** So please look at the cartoon, then read my intro, and consider what might really be the situation when companies say there is a “shortage” or a “skills gap”.

Could Time Out Travelling Be Damaging to Your Career?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/travel-damage-career/

** That’s the thing. We live, at present, in a global economy. How can taking a little time off to consider where you want to be, what you want to be, and experiencing other cultures be a bad thing? Ultimately, though, taking a year to travel can be just another excuse to rule you out.

10 Best Job Search Tips

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/10-best-job-search-tips/

** Some good points here. And related:

10 tips jobseekers must heed for a successful job search

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2014/12/07/dribble-with-your-opposite-hand/

How to Stand Out as a Job Seeker #UROpinion

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/uropinion-how-do-you-stand-out-as-a-job-seeker/

** A common theme is enthusiasm. Yet IMHO, based on personal experience, this is overrated.

Should you ever say no to a Job Offer?

http://www.staffinginhouston.com/2015/05/15/ever-say-no-job-offer/

** This is an iffy question. I could argue both ways.

Why “Nice” Job Seekers Don’t Get Hired

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-nice-job-seekers-dont-get-hired-joel-caney

** Differentiation, baby. And my own essay on the subject:

Differentiate Yourself in an Interview: Beyond Your Background

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/differentiate-yourself-in-an-interview-beyond-your-background/

Probing for Pain Points When You’re on a Job Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/probing-pain-points-when-youre-job-interview-marc-miller

** I like it. If you can dope out what their problems are, you can better position your pitch as the solver.

How to Spot A Bad Boss During A Job Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140930113457-10999323-how-to-spot-a-bad-boss-during-a-job-interview

** Your boss can make or break you.

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

Why The Best Candidate Rarely Gets The Job And How To Change That

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-best-candidate-rarely-gets-job-how-change-mark-stevens

** A useful perspective. Ultimately, IMHO of course, I think a big aspect of things is not a maximization of ability and such, but a minimization of risk, in particular risk to the hiring manager.

The One Thing You Must Never Do in an Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-thing-you-must-never-do-interview-lou-adler

** They’re trying to not like you enough to make the decision while you’re there.

Can Data Make the Hiring Process More Efficient? [INFOGRAPHIC] #TechTuesday

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/can-data-make-hiring-efficient/

** Basically an infomercial essay, but understand – this is what company HR departments are reading.

How to Identify Top Candidates on LinkedIn

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/identify-candidates-linkedin/

** Want to be caught? Know where and how they’re fishing.

What is the Formula for the Perfect Candidate? [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/perfect-candidate-infographic-shortlister/

** Understand what the other side is thinking.

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SALARY

Negotiate the job offer to win

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/negotiate-the-job-offer-to-win/

** Prepare for battle!

What’s Your Current Salary? Here’s the Right Answer!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-your-current-salary-heres-right-answer-marc-miller

** My answer is typically “I am looking for…”. If they get persistent, I ask them “How is what another company paid me, in (probably) another industry, a couple of years ago, relevant to what I am seeking now? If I’m in the ballpark, let’s talk.”

Why Premium Brands Don’t Charge Bargain-Basement Prices

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-premium-brands-dont-charge-bargain-basement-prices-liz-ryan

** The problem is that companies these days only look at price, not value.

Job Search Article Aggregate – May 14, 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.

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others.
  • If you contact one of the people / organizations mentioned because of my post (e.g., a resume consultant, a job search coach, etc.) please tell them you heard about them through me.
  • If you tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., by adding “via @davidhuntpe” to the tweet) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

(Plug: If you really like this aggregate – and consider that I put a fair amount of time into this! – please check out my SRG page; buy from my affiliates who pay me a commission. If you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support. Or take a look at the kind of places I’m looking for work – perhaps you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who works there; an introduction would be welcomed! And please consider that I have broadened my geographical search area.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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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.

But first, a special note: Neil Patrick was kind enough to guest post an essay of mine.

10 tiny things that can ruin your chances of getting hired

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/10-tiny-things-that-can-ruin-your.html

Then, my last two original essays.

Is Networking Losing its Moxie?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-losing-its-moxie-david-hunt-pe

** Networking is a critical element of any job search, but it seems to be losing some of its effectiveness. I hypothesize why.

Give Your Resume Bullet Points High-Caliber Impact

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/give-your-resume-bullet-points-high-caliber-impact-david-hunt-pe

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

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

Show Me the Stupid

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/3138/

** A collection of case-study examples of things that cost companies money; in some cases, a lot of money. Hopefully these get you thinking.

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

10 FBI Tips On How To Spot A Liar

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-fbi-tips-how-spot-liar-larae-quy

** I just got a book about this – haven’t had time to read it yet. But do you want to enter every human interaction with the presumption the other person is lying… and waiting until they prove they aren’t?

TIPS TO GET THE MOST FROM THE JOB FAIR

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5797&newsletter_id=1401&archive=1

** And while you’re standing in line… network, network, network!

Linkedin endorsements and recommendations – pitfalls and best practices

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/04/linkedin-endorsements-and.html

** Recommendations – yes. Endorsements – meh:

Tarnished Endorsements

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

** Why I don’t like the LinkedIn “Endorsement” feature.

Follow-up 101

http://www.calm-water.com/follow-up-101/

** Critical at every stage.

6 Tips for the Best Body Language in Interviews #WisdomWednesday

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

** I keep saying this – although body language is important, you can paralyze yourself overanalyzing… to the point where you come across as rigid and robotic.

Being Unemployed Is Tough. Get A Great Job Fast. Advice To Help You.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/being-unemployed-tough-get-great-job-fast-advice-help-anthony

** Worthwhile video! Related:

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

20 Job Search Tips For Creating A List Of Target Companies

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20-job-search-tips-creating-list-target-companies-lisa

** Critical – need to know who to target, not just pursue openings. In a similar vein:

Pursue Companies, Not Jobs

http://asktheheadhunter.com/hapursuecos.htm

** And another article on that:

Why Smart Job Hunters Go After Only One or Two Target Companies

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-smart-job-hunters-go-after-only-one-two-target-companies-meehl

** And sort-of related to this:

Choose Your Next Boss Not The Money

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4817/choose-your-next-boss-not-the-money

** I have to say, however, that I can see this approach as being very limiting.

Treat Your References Right…Or Else

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4750/treat-your-references-rightor-else

** References are gold.

7 Tips For Better Public Speaking

http://thecareercafe.co.uk/blog/?p=15444

** Being able to speak in public is a huge advantage and asset.

How To Massively Crowdsource Your Job Search

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/crowdsource-job-search-online/

** The more people you can get to help you, the better! But to get this kind of help, you need to help others.

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SELECTED CAREER SITES

Career Solvers

http://www.careersolvers.com/blog/

** Quite a number of articles along the left.

CareerDirections LLC

http://careerdirectionsllc.com/blog/

** Ditto.

>> If you contact either of these people, please tell them you heard about them through me.

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

Job Search After 50: 3 Keys to Help You Beat The Age Bias!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eileen-williams/job-search-midlife_b_7095472.html

** I do like the idea of proactively addressing age-related concerns, but… awkward!

Is Age Discrimination A Job Search Issue?

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/is-age-discrimination-a-job-search-issue/

** Ultimately, if they want to know your age, they can find it out.

Where’s the Demand for Talented 50+ Workers?

http://linkis.com/www.nextavenue.org/a/aGtHc

** At issue is how to get people to not just read, but really understand, that older workers have value?

50+ Workers Are Critical Components of Successful Businesses

http://millyardcommunications.com/index.php?src=news&srctype=detail&category=News&refno=5303

** There is value in experience.

Could age discrimination derail your retirement plans?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102641524

** Buried within this is a golden nugget: you have experience, you have contacts – these are assets, so leverage them!

Boomers and social technology

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/boomers-and-social-technology.html

** For better or for worse, you need to be out there on SM. And another essay from the same site:

Great Tips To Overcome Ageism for IT (and other) Professionals

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/great-tips-to-overcome-ageism-for-it.html

America Is Unready for the Era of the Aging Worker

http://www.nextavenue.org/blog/america-unready-era-aging-worker

** Unready… because they think there’s an unending supply of young, cheap labor. Some good stuff to use if you can open a conversation. Related:

Baby Boomer Brain Drain

http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/baby-boomer-brain-drain

** Some good stuff to highlight why you are an asset.

9 Real Reasons Overqualified Job Seekers are Rejected

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/reasons-overqualified-job-seekers-are-rejected/

** Can you head these off proactively? Related:

How to Get the Job When You’re ‘Overqualified’

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/05/how-to-get-the-job-when-you’re-‘overqualified

Board Director Career Trends: An Interview with Julian Ha from Heidrick & Struggles

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/executive-search-consultant-board-director

** Are these insights you can leverage to differentiate yourself?

Job Search Tips for the Older Jobseeker

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/05/06/job-search-tips-for-the-older-jobseeker/

** Basics.

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NETWORKING

The Genius of ‘Want to Grab Coffee?’

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/04/the-genius-of-want-to-grab-coffee/391334/

** An interesting data point on why it’s important to ask for advice in a networking conversation.

How to Start a Conversation With Strangers at a Networking Event

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244553

** I’ve often found “So, what brings you here?” is a great opener. And on this:

How to Talk to Strangers

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/relationships/etiquette-manners/how-to-talk-to-strangers

** Also worthwhile thoughts.

Does size matter when it comes to your LinkedIn network?

http://www.winningimpression.com/open-networking/

** I agree; quality over quantity.

Networking While in Transition is the Key to Success

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-while-transition-key-success-alex-freund

** It’s key, and critical, but it’s not easy to do well.

6 Tips for Connecting Well Online

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/6-tips-for-connecting-well-online/

** Definitely pay attention to time zones! (Made that mistake – once! And if you’re calling internationally, this goes doubly!)

Why Your Network is Important

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-your-network-important-shelly-olliff

** People will “check out” your social media connections; how effective this is, I’m not sure. And they will definitely look at who has recommended you!

6 Ways Your Professional Network Can Help You

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4618/6-ways-your-professional-network-can-help-you

** Amen. And why would they do all these things? Because you’ve helped them.

Are You Worth Talking To or Just More Noise?

http://www.winningimpression.com/recruiter-are-you-worth-talking-to/

** Whadda ya know. Confirmation that people are being bombarded as I noted in my “Is Networking Losing its Moxie” essay, above. I find it interesting, too, that Boomers are not even mentioned.

3 Ways to Refresh Your Network in 2015

http://ynpnboston.org/3-ways-refresh-network-2015/

** Definitely, take stock. The time is worth it.

How to Create a Winning Elevator Pitch in 4 Steps

http://good.co/blog/2013/08/15/how-to-create-a-winning-elevator-pitch/

** Remember that an elevator pitch is only intended to get them to want to talk more.

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COVER LETTERS

Add A Little ‘Fire’ To Your Cover Letter…

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5796&newsletter_id=1401&archive=1

** Yes.

Why We HATE Writing Cover Letters

http://www.careerealism.com/writing-cover-letters-hate/

** And focus on what their needs could be.

Catch a Recruiter’s Eye With These 7 Cover Letter Tips

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Write-Good-Cover-Letter-24357796

** Remember, it’s a marketing document to get them to read your resume.

Learn How to Prepare an Ideal Cover Letter

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/best-format-to-activate-cover-letter/

** Good, though I don’t know that there’s one “perfect” format.

Your generic cover letter, as experienced by a hiring manager.

http://www.jobjenny.com/the-blog/2014/4/13/your-generic-cover-letter-as-experienced-by-a-hiring-manager.html

** You’ve got to tailor it. Another by the same author:

The Cover Letters That Make Hiring Managers Smile (Then Call You)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-cover-letters-that-make-hiring-managers-smile-then-call-you

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RESUMES

Top 10 Resume Tips For Managers & Executives.

http://arielle.com.au/top-10-resume-tips-for-managers-executives/

** I especially like and appreciate the comment about using “local” spelling.

Meet the Robots Reading Your Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/robots-reading-resumes/

** Interestingly, I had a conversation recently where I learned that a local high-tech company has ditched its ATS because it realized it was losing out on too many good candidates who didn’t get through the filter. Related:

Will the real (ATS) Applicant Tracking System please stand up!

http://rynoresumes.com/blog/will-the-real-ats-applicant-tracking-system-please-stand-up#.VUFngFnvlkp.linkedin

5 Insider Secrets for Beating Applicant Tracking Systems

http://www.cio.com/article/2398753/careers-staffing/5-insider-secrets-for-beating-applicant-tracking-systems.html

** Imagine a person who bought a customer tracking software that rejected this many potential customers. Related:

New Job Search Service Helps Job Seekers Penetrate Applicant Tracking Systems

http://www.cio.com/article/2398792/careers-staffing/new-job-search-service-helps-job-seekers-penetrate-applicant-tracking-systems.html

** Call me cynical… I would be very interested in the provenance of the people who started this service. Did they start out writing ATS software? And three more ATS-related articles:

8 Tips to Boost Your Resume Chances with Applicant Tracking Systems

http://www.cio.com/article/2369688/careers-staffing/115040-8-Tips-to-Boost-Your-Resume-Chances-with-Applicant-Tracking-Systems.html

Recruiting Software: 10 Ways Job Seekers Can Beat the System

http://www.cio.com/article/2423539/careers-staffing/recruiting-software–10-ways-job-seekers-can-beat-the-system.html

How to Get the Applicant Tracking System to Pick Your Resume

http://biginterview.com/blog/2015/03/applicant-tracking-system.html

Ten tips on writing the perfect CV

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/cv-advice-expert-tips

** Lots of formats. Mine is a hybrid.

Résumés: Why the right keywords aren’t enough

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/resumes-why-the-right-keywords-arent-enough/

** It has to be considered as a part of a whole.

Ask not what the company can do for you…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ask-what-company-can-do-you-jack-mulcahy

** An important point!

6 Commonly Misused Words on Your Resume

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2014/01/06/6-commonly-misused-words-on-your-resume/

** These things can make or break you.

Quotes on Your Resume: A Good Way to Waste Valuable Real Estate

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2015/05/12/quote-on-resume/

** I agree with the idea that putting reference quotes on a resume is a bad idea; doing so without explicit permission is a doubly-bad idea.

What Do I Put On A Resume If I Was Fired?

http://www.careerigniter.com/advice/what-do-i-put-on-a-resume-if-i-was-fired/

** I’m not sure that a resume is the place to address this.

7 Topics You Shouldn’t Include on Your Resume – Landing a Job

http://careeralley.com/landing-a-job-2/7-topics-you-shouldnt-include-on-your-resume-landing-a-job/

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

5 People Who Had It All and Lost It to CV Lies

http://www.grb.uk.com/news/5-people-who-had-it-all-and-lost-it-to-cv-lies/2015/04/08/2617

** A liar must have a good memory. And with all the background checking companies do, is it really worth the risk?

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INTERVIEWING

7 tips for your interview stories

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-tips-your-interview-stories-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** Stories engage, and at the emotional level; this leads to a better perception of your “fit”.

17 Clever Ways to Interview Like a Pro

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

** Strong advice.

Interview answers must be short. Know why?

http://www.landingexpert.com/job-search-tips/interview-answers-must-be-short-know-why/

** I can’t disagree this is happening, but there’s a fine line between concise and too short. And, of course, it’s a lot easier to be that succinct when typing vs. in a conversation.

Interview Preparation: Are You Doing Enough?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interview-preparation-enough/

** On the flip side, are you doing too much – and thus sound canned?

5 Things Every Prospective Employer Wants to Hear

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2012/09/24/5-things-every-prospective-employer-wants-to-hear/

** But don’t be afraid to tell them what they need to hear as well.

Job Seekers: Never Be Afraid to Tell Your Story

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/05/13/job-seekers-never-be-afraid-to-tell-your-story/

** Stories, as opposed to dry facts, engage at the emotional level – and thus create a huge impact.

How Successful Candidates Steal Job Interviews

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-successful-candidates-steal-job-interviews-brian-de-haaff

** I like the idea of doing things to differentiate yourself. With reference to #1 particularly, just remember that many places have NO tolerance for people who don’t play to-the-letter by the rules they set. (And I am reminded of an ad for some off-road SUV that has a humorless art teacher droning “Always color inside the lines…”.)

Prepare for a Job Interview by Writing Your Own Recommendation Letter

http://lifehacker.com/prepare-for-a-job-interview-by-writing-your-own-recomme-1700775135

** An intriguing technique.

4 Kinds of Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

http://www.levo.com/articles/career-advice/good-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them

** A useful categorization.

Keeping It Positive

http://careerandresume.com/blog/2015/03/12/keeping-it-positive/

** You definitely don’t want them searching for something negative. Instead, try this approach:

Am I A Fit?

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/am-i-a-fit/

** How to find out if they have any doubts without explicitly asking them if they have doubts.

How to improve your interview performance

http://www.therockincareercoach.com/career/how-to-improve-your-interview-performance/

** Short video.

11 questions hiring managers never want to hear

http://mashable.com/2015/03/17/bad-job-interview-questions/

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

How to Win at Every Telephone Interview

http://getmymomajob.com/careeradvice/interview-tips/phone-interviews/43-how-to-win-at-every-telephone-interview

** I agree. And treat this like a serious interview – after all, they are.

Answering the Dreaded Request: “Tell Me About Yourself”

http://onlinecareertips.com/2015/04/answering-the-dreaded-request-tell-me-about-yourself/

** This is a great chance to show off.

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Are you making these major post-interview mistakes?

http://blog.linkup.com/2015/04/23/are-you-making-these-major-post-interview-mistakes/

** All good points.

7 Actions For Effective Interview Follow Up

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/01/19/interview-follow-up/

** This is part of the interview too.

Thanking the Hiring Manager (Post-Interview)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thanking-hiring-manager-post-interview-christopher-anderson

** It always amazes me when I read that people don’t do this.

5 ways your thank-you note could cost you the job

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/your-thank-you-note-could-cost-job

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

8 Reasons Why You Don’t Get that Call from the Hiring Manager

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/reasons-hiring-managers-dont-call-you/

** I understand people are busy, and that you may not be “the one”; the widely-discussed poor treatment of candidates, however, has repercussions:

Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/peeing-in-the-candidate-reservoir/

** The poor treatment of candidates by some companies is affecting the morale/attitude of all candidates, regardless of whether they interact with any specific company. That this is not a concern for corporate decision-makers boggles my mind.

Who Should You Send an Interview Thank You Note To?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interview-thank-you/fl/Should-You-Send-a-Thank-You-Note-to-All-Your-Interviewers.htm

** Useful. And by the same author on a related topic:

10 Things Not to Include in an Interview Thank You Letter

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/thankyouletters/fl/10-things-not-to-include-job-interview-thank-you.htm

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

Warning: Your Facebook Picture showing up in people’s Outlook

http://www.standss.com/blog/index.php/warning-your-facebook-picture-showing-up-in-peoples-outlook/

** Yet another reason I don’t “do” facebook.

What’s the best way to write your LinkedIn Profile?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/08/whats-best-way-to-write-your-linkedin.html

** If you laid all the resume/job search experts end to end you’d still never reach a conclusion. 😉

Navigating the Reputation Economy: Lies Do Count

http://chameleonresumes.com/2015/05/08/navigating-reputation-economy-lies-count/

** My motto: a liar must have a good memory. Mine’s good, but not nearly that good.

6 Things Recruiters Want To See On Your LinkedIn Profile

http://www.careerealism.com/recruiters-linkedin-profile-want-see/

** Understand what they’re looking for. Related:

How to get your profile to page 1 of a Linkedin search by tomorrow!

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/how-to-get-your-profile-to-page-1-of.html

** And be visible so they can see you.

How to Find Relevant Job Openings on LinkedIn

http://mymarketability.com/blog/how-to-find-relevant-job-openings-on-linkedin

** LinkedIn can be a great source for openings. Related:

LinkedIn is truly a powerful job search and career management tool.

http://executivecareerbrand.com/deadly-linkedin-mistake-neglecting-seo-and-keywords/

Personal branding on LinkedIn: 11 mistakes to avoid

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/05/personal-branding-on-linkedin-11-mistakes-to-avoid/

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

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GENERAL

The Single Biggest Reason Executives Struggle To Get Hired.

http://arielle.com.au/the-single-biggest-reason-executives-struggle-to-get-hired/

** Not just executives. There is such a glut of people that it’s very hard to stand out from the crowd in the pile of resumes.

Interview questions you should never answer

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/interview-questions-you-should-never-answer

** You can answer some; some will be obvious (e.g., you wear a wedding ring). And if you’re a parent, having them weed you out because they object to your possibly needing to run out for a kid emergency, etc., do you really want to work there anyway?

The Secret Keys to a Great Pitch

http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/2015/05/the-secret-keys-to-a-great-pitch/

** Remember – finding a job is a sales/marketing job.

Summary Sunday: What It Takes To Score An Interview

http://careersherpa.net/summary-sunday-what-it-takes-to-score-an-interview/

** Several topics discussed.

Five Articles Job Seekers Need to Read This Week

http://acaciahrsolutions.com/five-articles-job-seekers-need-to-read-this-week/

** All worth perusing!

25 Essential Style Tips for Wearing a Suit, Every Man Needs to Know These Secrets

http://www.omgfacts.com/lists/18877/25-Essential-Style-Tips-for-Wearing-a-Suit-Every-Man-Needs-to-Know-These-Secrets

** Useful. More:

Basic tips on Dressing for Interviews

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/03/30/basic-tips-on-dressing-for-interviews/

** And how you dress will definitely affect the impression you give:

3 Simple Steps to Making a Good First Impression

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6271-good-first-impression.html

** And never forget – you have seconds in which their first impression is formed:

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

** Another essay of mine Neil reblogged.

Company Culture and Marriage: What Do They Have in Common?

http://good.co/blog/2013/08/31/company-culture-vs-dating-and-marriage-what-do-they-have-in-common/

** A lot of it is emotional and based on intangibles that people can’t even describe.

Top tips to improve your employability after a long term career break

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/01/29/top-tips-to-improve-your-employability-after-a-long-term-career-break/

** Some good tips if you’ve been out a while.

21 Evil Things To Do On Your Last Day On The Job

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/evil-last-day/

** Not advocating any of these… but they are funny!

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

Motivation-Based Interviewing Gauges Can-Do Attitude

http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/staffingmanagement/articles/pages/carol-quinn-2015-talent-management-conference.aspx

** Another tack they might try.

8 Questions Interviewers Use to Figure Out Who You Really Are

https://www.themuse.com/advice/8-questions-interviewers-use-to-figure-out-who-you-really-are

** Some of these, especially #8, are just head-games IMHO.

How to Prevent Bad Hires from Crumbling your Small Business

http://qandidate.com/blogpost/how-to-prevent-bad-hires-from-crumbling-your-small-business/

** I commented.

Why you shouldn’t dismiss the job hopper

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/how-to/human-resources/2015/05/why-you-shouldnt-dismiss-the-job-hopper.html

** Aimed at HR, this has some useful things to consider in presenting yourself.

How to Spot a Fantastic Creative Candidate [Top 3 Traits]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/creative-candidate-3-traits/

** Good stuff on how to “spin” yourself to meet these.

Job Interview Questions – The 5 Things Candidates Must Address

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/1325/job-interview-questions—the-5-things-candidates-must-address

** Proactively answer these.

7 Employee Qualities You Must Prioritize When Hiring

http://www.inc.com/drew-hendricks/7-employee-qualities-you-must-prioritize-when-hiring.html

** Important insights into what they’re thinking.

5 Kinds of People That Get Hired Most

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/1582-best-people-to-hire.html?adbid=598578988835975171

** Can you leverage this?

Why Getting Feedback After the Interview is Hard (& What to Do)

http://www.jobjenny.com/the-blog/2015/4/28/why-getting-feedback-after-the-interview-is-hard-what-to-do

** It is hard to get feedback. Some good tips.

The FIRST question I ask during a SECOND interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/first-question-i-ask-during-second-interview-salvatore-petronella

** Very useful!

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SALARY

The Right and Wrong Way to Renegotiate Your Salary

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/the-right-and-wrong-way-to-renegotiate-your-salary/

** I like the part about making the boss feel like they’re still in control; easier said than done, though.

Why You Should Love the Salary Question

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Why-You-Should-Love-the-Salary-Question/c16g1/554a5ec30cf21fee136ffb1f

** I didn’t realize that this could be used to differentiate yourself, though this does have the potential to be a can-of-worms thing.

Should You Mention Your Salary Expectations In The Interview?

http://www.kennedyexecutive.com/should-you-mention-your-salary-expectations-in-the-interview/

** A counterargument to the “no you shouldn’t” conventional wisdom.

Making Concessions During Negotiations

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/making-concessions-during-negotiations-john-boyens

** You cannot not negotiate. Related:

Salary negotiation tips: How to negotiate a job offer

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/366/salary-negotiation-tips-how-to-negotiate-a-job-offer

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.

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others.
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Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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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.

Give Your Resume Bullet Points High-Caliber Impact

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/give-your-resume-bullet-points-high-caliber-impact-david-hunt-pe

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/robotai-curve-accelerates-david-hunt-pe

** 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

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/risk-and-reward/

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

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

Transforming the Long-Term Unemployed into a Sustainable Pipeline

http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/view/story.jhtml?id=534358517&

** 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

http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/06/how-to-make-persuasive-eye-contact.php

** 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

https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/04/9-body-language-signals-you-shouldnt-ignore/

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

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

Keeping Up Appearances in Interviews

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/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

http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2015/04/14/the-new-job-application-personality-tests-that-cant-be-outsmarted/

** 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

http://executivecareerbrand.com/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!

http://www.projecteve.com/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

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-create-a-reader-based-cover-letter-and-resume/

** 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

https://premium.linkedin.com/content/premium/global/en_us/index/jobsearch/resources/get-connected/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

http://www.job-hunt.org/IT-job-search/identifying-companies-linkedin.shtml

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

http://www.job-hunt.org/IT-job-search/researching-potential-employers.shtml

5 Reasons You Should Hire Someone Who Has Been Fired

http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/5-reasons-you-should-hire-someone-who-has-been-fired.html

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

Recruiters, Resist The Personality Test!

http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/recruiters-resist-the-personality-test

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

What no one tells you about psychometric testing

http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/what-no-one-tells-you-about-psychometric-testing

7 Traits That Make You a Great Candidate

http://www.simplyhired.com/blog/jobsearch/job-search-tips/7-traits-make-great-candidate/

** Stand out!

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SELECTED JOB SEARCH / COUNSELING SITES

Interview IQ

http://interviewiq.com.au/

** Top-shelf advice from down under.

The Essay Expert Blog

http://theessayexpert.com/blog/

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

Things Career Related

http://thingscareerrelated.com/

** New England based.

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

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

Combating Age Discrimination While Job Searching

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/combating-age-discrimination-while-job-searching-beata-staszkow-mba

** 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

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/02/ageing-retirement-workforce-discrimination

** 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:

https://espe.conference-services.net/resources/321/2017/pdf/ESPE2010_0271_paper.pdf

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

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/outdated-resume-mistakes

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

Resume Ruminations

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/resume-ruminations/

Are you More or Less than 40 Years Old?

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!Are-you-More-or-Less-than-40-Years-Old/c16g1/A0327F8C-6D68-4CCE-B5B7-C6DC8EF4D9E3

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

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NETWORKING

Networking Your Way to Your Ideal Job

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-your-way-ideal-job-lesa-edwards-mpa-cjss-acrw-celdc

** 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

http://www.learningtoleap.co.uk/2015/04/questions-researching-employers/

** Some good starter questions for a networking conversation.

20 Tools to Find Local Networking Events Quickly

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/networking-events-tools/

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

Better Than a Job Board: Local Networking Groups

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2013/12/10/local-networking-groups/

The #1 Secret To Getting An Employer’s Attention

http://www.careerealism.com/getting-employers-attention-secret/

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

How to Network for a Job: 7 Tips about Cold Calling

http://www.social-hire.com/career–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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-ways-network-your-way-fulfilling-new-job-diana-yk-chan-mba

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

Toxic Executive Job Search Beliefs: Networking is not for me

http://executiveresumebranding.com/toxic-executive-job-search-beliefs-no-networking/

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

3 Ways to Refresh Your Network in 2015

http://ynpnboston.org/3-ways-refresh-network-2015/

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

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COVER LETTERS

The Cover Letter Is Dead

https://www.recruiter.com/i/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

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/cover-letter-resumes/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

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/job-career-how-to-sell-yourself

** Know yourself.

Do speculative cover letters work?

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/speculative-cover-letters-work

** An intriguing approach.

Learn How to Prepare an Ideal Cover Letter

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/best-format-to-activate-cover-letter/

** There is no one template that works everywhere.

Read This Before You Copy and Paste Another Cover Letter

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/10/09/cover-letter-tips/

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

The Quick & Easy on Cover Letters

http://www.hersavvycareer.com/2015/03/16/cover-letters-101/

** Embedded link to PDF.

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RESUMES

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

http://www.careerealism.com/write-resume-10-second-review/

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

Seven Tips for C-Level Resumes

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/seven-tips-for-c-level-resumes.aspx

** Not just for C-level people though.

How to Properly Format Your Resume [Infographic]

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/resume-format-tips

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

3 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out From the Crowd

https://www.recruiter.com/i/3-ways-to-make-your-resume-stand-out-from-the-crowd/

** Basics. And more basics:

8 Reasons Your Resume Stinks

http://www.resumetarget.com/blog/8-reasons-your-resume-stinks/

INFOGRAPHIC: Matching your resume to the job you want

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/infographic-matching-your-resume-to-the-job-you-want

** Important highlights.

5 Resources for Visual Resumes

http://careeralley.com/resumes/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

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2014/02/02/address-on-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?

http://blog.rezumeforward.com/2014/11/your-resumes-personality-type.html

** An interesting perspective.

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INTERVIEWING

The Interview: Know Thyself

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-know-thyself-lesa-edwards-mpa-cjss-acrw-celdc

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

Answering the Toughest Interview Question

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/answering-toughest-interview-question-lesa

Job Interviewing and Dating

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/job-interviewing-dating-lesa-edwards-mpa-cjss-acrw-celdc

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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/8-perfect-interview/

** Perfectly pertinent points.

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

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/03/24/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

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/executives-preparing-for-unconventional-interview.aspx

** 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!

http://interviewiq.com.au/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

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

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

What not to do in the interview

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/what-not-to-do-in-the-interview

The Number One Thing to Avoid Doing in a Job Interview

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7933-interview-deal-breakers.html

The Two Interviewing Formulas You Must Know

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/11/25/two-interviewing-formulas-must-know/

** There’s STAR, and CAR, and…

How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-turn-yourself-into-winning-job.html

** SPARTACUS!

5 Tips To Ace The In-Person Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/in-person-interview-tips/

** Good advice.

The Next Evolution of Behavioral Interviewing

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/4211/the-next-evolution-of-behavioral-interviewing

** I seem to recall posting this before.

15 Interview Philosophies That Attract Job Offers

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interview-philosophies-attract-job-offers/

** Very useful!

The Psychology of the Interviewer

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/psychology-interviewer-alex-freund

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

Craziest Interview Questions – and How to Answer Them

http://boredomtoboardroom.com/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

http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/15-more-hilarious-tales-of-job-interview-embarrassment.html

** 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.

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Sample Job Interview Thank You Email

http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/sample-interview-thank-you-email.shtml

** 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

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/come-back-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

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/thankyouletters/fl/10-things-not-to-include-job-interview-thank-you.htm

** The first rule: Don’t screw up!

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

Unemployed? 3 Suggestions for a Powerful Executive LinkedIn Profile

http://chameleonresumes.com/2015/04/10/unemployed-suggestions-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!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140619212629-25298675-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

http://www.job-hunt.org/personal-branding/building-branded-content-executives.shtml

** Foundational basics.

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

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2015/04/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

http://www.infusionsoft.com/blog/5-signs-your-personal-brand-may-be-fritz

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

5 Major Personal Branding Mistakes Which Can Derail Your Career

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

http://biginterview.com/blog/2015/03/twitter-jobs.html

** Definitely a longer-term investment of time.

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GENERAL

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

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/why-wrong-people-get-hired-and-how-to.html

** Some useful lessons.

How your personality can help you land or lose a job

http://www.keppiecareers.com/personality-can-help-land-lose-job/

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

7 ways to drop the ball in the job search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-ways-drop-ball-job-search-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** Must-read.

6 Reasons You Need A Smartphone To Job Search

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/smartphone-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

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

** A very useful perspective!

How to find hope amidst catastrophic loss

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/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?

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/04/13/are-you-taking-these-key-steps-to-land-a-job/

** Hopefully.

Hilarious Responses to College Rejection Letters

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/04/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!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/skip-job-application-still-get-hired-liz-ryan

** 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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whose-career-anyway-why-you-dont-own-your-employment-santiesteban

** 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

http://careeralley.com/job-search/launching-your-job-search-job-search-101/

** Basics.

Why Recruiters Won’t Get You a Job

http://epiccareering.com/why-recruiters-wont-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

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!5-Things-You-Need-to-STOP-Doing/c16g1/55281fcb0cf21933cd507717

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

Deflategate and Your Job Search

http://arleenbradley.com/2015/01/deflategate-and-your-job-search/

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

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

How I Hire: How to Blow a Job Offer

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130924100617-266437464-how-i-hire-how-to-blow-a-job-offer

** Ouch.

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

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150411/NEWS/150419950

** More entry-level oriented.

Don’t Disregard the Wildcard

http://newmanstewart.co.uk/news/view/43/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

http://www.ere.net/2015/04/20/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.

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SALARY

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

https://hbr.org/2015/04/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

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-negotiate-job-offer-michael-wheeler

10 Tips to Use Psychology to Win Higher Salary Negotiation

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/higher-salary-negotiation-infographic/

4 ‘Never-Fail’ Negotiation Tips from an Expert

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-never-fail-negotiation-tips-from-expert-skip

Salary Negotiation: 33 Things To Negotiate Other Than Money

http://www.kennedyexecutive.com/salary-negotiation-33-things-negotiate-money/

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

Job Search Article Aggregate – April 8, 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.

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others.
  • If you contact one of the people / organizations mentioned because of my post (e.g., a resume consultant, a job search coach, etc.) please tell them you heard about them through me.
  • If you tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., by adding “via @davidhuntpe” to the tweet) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

(Plug: If you really like this aggregate – and consider that I put a fair amount of time into this! – please check out my SRG page; buy from my affiliates who pay me a commission. If you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support. Or take a look at the kind of places I’m looking for work – perhaps you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who works there; an introduction would be welcomed! And please consider that I have broadened my geographical search area.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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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 Robot/AI Curve Accelerates

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/robotai-curve-accelerates-david-hunt-pe

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

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.

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 from my career about adhesion to plastics, and how it was solved.

 

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TOP OF THE FOLD

Networking is DEAD!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-dead-marilyn-santiesteban

** AMEN!!!!

ATS: I Couldn’t Care Less

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141029135849-99072-ats-i-couldn-t-care-less

** Highlighting the need to network in. Related:

It’s Much Better to Skip the Online Application

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140813123119-6069743-it-s-much-better-to-skip-the-online-application

** At issue with this is that companies these days are closing this door. One example is a company where I found and contacted the hiring manager, expressed my interest… and he said he could not even look at my resume unless it came through HR.

39 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/39-incorrectly-used-words-can-make-you-look-bad-jeff-haden

** In this day-and-age of things being scrutinized to the Nth degree, you have to pay attention to details like this. Related:

20 Embarrassing Phrases Even Smart People Misuse

http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/20-embarrassing-phrases-even-smart-people-misuse.html

** I always, always cringe when hearing “I could care less.”

Should You Hire for Skill or Hire for Will?

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/should-you-hire-for-skill-or-hire-for-will/

** What can you reverse-engineer out of this to aid in how you present yourself? Other sources to use for the same purpose:

Should You Hire for Curiosity?

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/should-you-hire-for-curiosity/

Why You Should Hire for Potential

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/why-you-should-hire-for-potential/

What questions to ask if your resume gets negative feedback

http://designresumes.com/2013/08/what-questions-to-ask-if-your-resume-gets-negative-feedback/

** There is no one, pure, capital-T truth to writing a resume… or doing an interview, or social media, or, or, or.

Job Hunt 101: Find the Right Company Culture for You

http://www.simplyhired.com/blog/jobsearch/job-search-tips/job-hunt-101-find-right-company-culture/

** A company’s culture can make or break you. (I should know.)

Why Hiring Perfect People Is Bad For Your Staff Retention

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-hiring-perfect-people-bad-your-staff-retention-steve-ward

** Very useful arguments if you are not a Purple Squirrel.

Counterpoint: Don’t Bother Applying For Jobs Online

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/do-not-apply-for-jobs-online/

** A contrarian view, with some merit IMHO.

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SELECTED JOB SEARCH ADVICE/COUNSELING SITES

JobSearchJedi.com

http://jobsearchjedi.com/

** A bunch of categories on the left.

Career Tool Belt

http://www.careertoolbelt.com/

** Quite a few advice articles.

>>> If you contact these people, please tell them you heard about them through me.

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FOR OLDER WORKERS

Ageism exists, so fight it head on in your job search

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/ageism-exists-so-fight-it-head-on-in-your-job-search/article4104710/

** I absolutely agree with the approach. At issue is the fact that you need to talk with a person first, a person who will be open-minded enough to not rule you out a priori because you have grey hairs or wrinkles.

Age Discrimination Isn’t About Dates

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/age-discrimination-isnt-about-dates/

** It is, and it isn’t. Older people have experience, wisdom, perspective; they tend to be more loyal and less job-hoppy. And projected energy is definitely a factor – though, seriously, if all a company values is your ability to run around like a chicken that was fed crank just before its head was chopped off, maybe it’s not the place for you anyway.

AMAC: Aging Workforce Good for Employers and the Economy

http://amac.us/amac-ageing-workforce-good-employers-economy/

** Quote: “The Gallup survey found that employers gain a competitive advantage by utilizing the experience of older workers and taking advantage of the knowledge they’ve gained over the years. Meanwhile, a separate study by Gary Burtless, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, indicated that older workers are more productive, as well.”

Fighting Ageism Resources

http://www.pbs.org/lifepart2/links/225

** Some good resources, but… many of these are legal resources. IMHO, unless you wear a recording device (not something I condone), and they’re stupid enough to say something actionable, you don’t have much to go on.

Are we too cheap? Why focusing on price could be dangerous to science.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/we-too-cheap-why-focusing-price-could-dangerous-nick-mordwinkin

** This is because companies see people as an expense, not an investment.

Overcoming Age in Your Resume

http://www.healthcarejobsite.com/articles/overcoming-age-in-your-resume-16949-article.html

** I keep saying it: The more tricks you use to conceal your age, the more a savvy HR person will know your age.

Why hiring millennials could be good for business

http://fortune.com/2015/04/06/sally-susman-advice-to-millennials/

** Knowing this obsession with the “Cult of Youth”, how can you counter it?

Over 40? The Major Interview Mistake You Could Be Making

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/over-40-major-interview-mistake-you-could-making-j-t-o-donnell

** An interesting observation, though I will disagree with the author that – in her words – “…I don’t think it’s age discrimination as much as it is the lack of a more ‘sophisticated’ approach to job search.” I’m actually writing an essay on this, and one example I cite is of a man I know, intelligent, capable, confident, whose interviewers are enthusiastic about his visit… until he walks in and they see his grey hair, and their body language speaks volumes. And an embedded link to another of the author’s articles:

Being “Seasoned” Doesn’t Make Us “Sophisticated” (And, Why It Matters)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/being-seasoned-doesnt-make-you-sophisticated-why-j-t-o-donnell

** Some embedded links to more in there.

Work WITH Your Younger Employees

http://www.lisaadamscoach.com/work-with-your-younger-employees/

** Though written for managers specifically, some good clues as to how to present yourself when most of the people you’re meeting in an interview are younger. Related:

The 9 Keys to Highly Collaborative Workplace Cultures

http://www.tlnt.com/2015/04/07/9-characteristics-of-collaborative-and-helpful-workplace-cultures/

** Understanding the nature of the waters in which people swim these days.

The 2 Key Types Of Recruitment Strategies For Attracting Baby Boomers

http://www.tinyhr.com/blog/the-2-key-types-of-recruitment-strategies-for-attracting-baby-boomers

** Want to get caught? Think like a fisherman.

5 Steps to Starting a Career Transition

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/5-steps-to-starting-a-career-transition/

** Looking to make a significant change? This is a good start.

Defeat the o-word at the job interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/defeat-o-word-job-interview-bob-korzeniowski-mba-cpa-pmp

** Good stuff, and in agreement with my two essays on the topic:

The “O” Word

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/the-o-word/

The “O” Word 2

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/the-o-word-2/

50+ Job Seeker: Is Personal Branding for Boomers, too?

http://executiveresumebranding.com/50-plus-job-seeker-is-personal-branding-for-boomers/

** Yes, doubly-so.

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NETWORKING

When Is The “Right Time” To Network?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-right-time-network-jason-alba

** Are you conscious and talking with another person? Then you should be thinking “Hey, this could be a great networking opportunity!”

No, Really: These Are the Best Conference Networking Tips We’ve Ever Heard

https://www.themuse.com/advice/no-really-these-are-the-best-conference-networking-tips-weve-ever-heard

** Conferences are great because everyone comes to mingle. And… most people who are there are working, so their contact lists are freshest.

You are too risky to hire!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141201213525-6069743-you-are-too-risky-to-hire

** This is why networking is so important.

15 Simple Tips For Networking Your Way to Career Success

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/15-simple-tips-networking-your-way-career-success-dave-kerpen

** Good ones. Related:

5 Tips to Build a Better Network

ttps://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/5-tips-to-build-a-better-network/

5 Reasons Business Cards Still Matter

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244406

** They matter a lot!

4 Basic Networking Tips you can’t do without.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-basic-networking-tips-you-cant-do-without-lisa-sweeney

** Number 5 – help others!

7 things to avoid when networking

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/03/19/7-things-to-avoid-when-networking/

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

3 Rules For Effective Informational Interviewing

http://www.careerealism.com/effective-informational-interviewing/

** Except use the term “Networking Conversation”. The word “interview” is incredibly loaded, and with people besieged by requests this change of term can help lower the anxiety factor.

25 Powerful Ways to Connect With People Online

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/25-powerful-ways-connect-people-online-sean-gardner

** All good. Related:

5 Ways to Improve your Job Networking

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/03/27/5-ways-to-improve-your-job-networking/

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COVER LETTERS

Cover Letters: To Write or Not to Write?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cover-letters-write-marilyn-santiesteban

** Very true.

The Cover Letter Mystery…What do I say?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140812151330-6069743-the-cover-letter-mystery-what-do-i-say

** And… try to show how you can solve their pain.

Should the Cover Letter Be Part of the Email Text?

http://www.healthcarejobsite.com/articles/should-the-cover-letter-be-part-of-the-email-text–16955-article.html

** Short answer: yes.

5 Easy Tips To Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

http://jobsearchjedi.com/2015/04/5-easy-tips-to-make-your-cover-letter-stand-out/

** The KISS principle definitely applies.

What Makes Great Cover Letters?

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/what-makes-a-great-cover-letter/

** Like the concluding call-to-action idea.

6 misconceptions about cover letters!

http://designresumes.com/2010/08/should-i-include-cover-letter/

** Darned right – cover letters are nothing but a sales/marketing document.

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RESUMES

How to Write an Executive Resume That Stands Out

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140716020755-6220028-how-to-write-an-executive-resume-that-stands-out

** Not just for executives.

Resume Pet Peeves

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/resume-pet-peeves-louise-kursmark

** The first rule – don’t screw up! More:

3 Tips For A Resume That Doesn’t Suck

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-tips-resume-doesnt-suck-debra-ann-matthews-ma-jctc

Lying on Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lying-your-resume-steve-blank

** I am not-not-NOT endorsing lying on your resume. But.. I understand it. Especially when you know you can do the job and all that’s standing between you and consideration is a line on your resume.

Resume – Going Beyond the Job Description

http://www.resume-resource.com/take-the-leap-going-beyond-the-job-description

** Remember, it’s a marketing document to get you in for an interview – nothing more.

5 Deadly Resume Errors to Avoid

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-ways-guarantee-your-resume-graham

** Interesting and somewhat contrarian to the “conventional wisdom”. Related:

7 Plus Things You Don’t Want on Your Resume

http://careeralley.com/resumes/7-plus-things-you-dont-want-on-your-resume/

Hiring Challenged? Sift for These 17 Worst (and 15 Best) Résumé Phrases

http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/hiring-challenged-sift-for-these-17-worst-and-15-best-resume-phrases.html

** “Best of breed”?

6 Ways to Win Over Any Hiring Manager

http://www.resumetarget.com/blog/win-hiring-manager/

** Necessary conditions.

How to Get the Applicant Tracking System to Pick Your Resume

http://biginterview.com/blog/2015/03/applicant-tracking-system.html

** About 75% of resumes don’t get seen by a person.

11 Tips for Updating Your Resume

http://www.careertoolbelt.com/11-tips-for-updating-your-resume/

** And also please look at my essay on resumes, which has many of the same bits of advice, but also some different thoughts:

Resume Ruminations

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/resume-ruminations/

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INTERVIEWING

So Tell Me About Yourself

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141106235210-40187697-so-tell-me-about-yourself

** You have to know how to answer this, and answer this well.

Why Should I Hire You?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-should-i-hire-you-melanie-l-denny-your-career-empowerment-coach

** Another common question.

How You Can Be the “Right Fit” Candidate

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-you-can-right-fit-candidate-louise-kursmark

** If you are in their office being interviewed, they think you can do the job based on your resume. So, can you walk the talk of your resume? And can they work with you?

The 10 weirdest job interview questions for 2015

http://mashable.com/2015/03/17/job-interview-questions-weird/

** With reference to the unloading a plane full of jelly beans… would high explosives work? More:

Are Curveball Interview Questions Beneficial?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/curveball-interview-questions-beneficial/

5 Tips To Ace The In-Person Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/in-person-interview-tips/

** I especially agree with “Know who you are meeting” – they look for you on the internet, return the favor! Related:

Before Your INTERVIEW!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/before-your-interview-larry-shaw-thought-leader

You Must Be Ready to Answer this Question

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-must-ready-answer-question-james-citrin

** Not asking anything is now becoming a huge indicator to say “no thanks” by an interviewer.

10 Reasons Why Your Job Interview Went Wrong

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-interview-went-wrong/

** The first rule – don’t screw up! Related:

Mistakes That Will Put a Quick End to Your Next Interview

http://interviewskills101.com/newsletter/apr2015-p1.html

How To Answer ‘Who Else Are You Interviewing With?’

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2015/03/16/how-to-answer-who-else-are-you-interviewing-with/

** Some excellent thoughts on how to answer this.

12 Commandments of Interviewing

https://strategicsearch.com/interview-preparation-tips/interview-preparation-tips.php

** Short videos.

Snarky Answers to Stupid Job Interview Questions

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/snarky-answers-stupid-job-interview-questions-liz-ryan

** Funny. And I keep wishing to have won the lottery so I can go on interviews and give snarky answers. 😉

The Next Evolution of Behavioral Interviewing

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/4211/the-next-evolution-of-behavioral-interviewing

** When someone starts digging into “How would you solve this problem?” I ask “Is this an extant problem, or an exercise?” Because I never do things for free. I’ve learned to beware the Faux Interview:

Cartoon of the Day: The Faux Interview (Plus Commentary)

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/cartoon-of-the-day-the-faux-interview-plus-commentary/

How To Explain A Low GPA In An Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/interview-low-gpa-explain/

** OK, I had pretty good grades. But still… it’s been quite a while since I’ve been in school. When someone asks my GPA I counter with “I’ve been out of school for well over <mumble> years, with many solid accomplishments since then. How is my GPA from that long ago relevant?”

The Golden Rules of Selling Yourself in an Interview

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/the-golden-rules-of-selling-yourself-in-an-interview/

** And it is a sales job. Related:

7 Seemingly Harmless Things Salespeople Do That Make Prospects Dislike Them

http://blog.hubspot.com/sales/things-salespeople-do-that-make-prospects-dislike-them

Interview Question: What are You Looking for in Your Next Job?

http://interviewsuccessformula.com/interview-questions-and-answers/interview-question-what-are-you-looking-for-in-your-next-job.php

** You can easily shoot yourself in the foot when answering this.

Interview Body Language DOs and DON’Ts

https://premium.linkedin.com/jobsearch/articles/interview-body-language-dos-and-donts

** First, don’t over-think this – you can become so paralyzed by fear that you’ll just make things worse. And I like that, right up front, he confirms my essay, kindly republished by Neil Patrick:

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

The Most Important Part of the Job Interview (That You’re Probably Forgetting)

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2014/03/the-most-important-part-of-the-job-interview-(that-you%27re-probably-forgetting)

** IMHO you need to ask for the job, but carefully.

The ultimate job interview checklist

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/job-interview-checklist

** I think I need to print this out.

How to Promote Yourself in Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/describe-yourself-in-job-interview-infographic/

** If you are not for yourself, who will be?

6 Tips to Prepare for a Shotgun Interview With Just 24 Hours’ Notice

https://www.recruiter.com/i/6-tips-to-prepare-for-a-shotgun-interview-with-just-24-hours-notice/

** Had a few of these.

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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Effective Thank You Notes

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2014/03/effective-thank-you-notes.html

** I am continually amazed that so many people don’t do this.

The Importance of Following Up

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-following-up-amanda-orson

** Just remember, there’s a fine line between persistent and pest. And, of course, no guideposts to where that line is. Interestingly, I went to a presentation where one of the speakers said that he got a job specifically because he was a pest and kept calling, and calling, and calling…

Getting Interview Feedback – Basic Tips

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2015/03/20/getting-interview-feedback-basic-tips/

** It’s rare to actually get useful feedback, but it’s critical to at least try.

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BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

To share is golden: 8 reasons to share others’ posts

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/04/02/to-share-is-golden-8-reasons-to-share-others-posts/

** Yes, I do post my own stuff; these aggregates are one way for me to share others’ works too.

How to Optimize Social Media Images

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-optimize-social-media-images/

** OOH, very interesting. OTOH, if you’re down to doing this kind of detail-level stuff…

9 reasons why your LinkedIn Snapshot Area is important

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/9-reasons-why-your-linkedin-snapshot-area-important-bob

** LinkedIn is becoming more and more of an incredible tool. Just remember – you can become so obsessive about SM that you ignore real networking in person:

The Butlerian Jihad

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

Landing Your Dream Job Is Easy With LinkedIn If You Do This…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/landing-your-dream-job-easy-linkedin-you-do-tony-j-hughes

** Easier said than done IMHO.

What Not to Tweet in a Job Search

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/04/06/what-not-to-tweet-in-a-job-search

** I find it interesting that some advise a total shutdown, some preach a middle of the road, and some say “Let your personality out”. I have the feeling that one could lay the experts end to end and never reach a conclusion.

7 fatal mistakes on LinkedIn

http://designresumes.com/2014/10/7-fatal-mistakes-on-linkedin/

** Understand that LinkedIn is the go-to place these days. Related:

Personal branding on LinkedIn: 11 mistakes to avoid

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/05/personal-branding-on-linkedin-11-mistakes-to-avoid/

How to Use LinkedIn to Become a Networking Superstar

http://rebekahradice.com/use-linkedin-to-become-a-networking-superstar/

** Useful tips. Related:

The 5 Most Powerful Things you Can Do on LinkedIn You Never Knew

http://www.therockincareercoach.com/career/the-5-most-powerful-things-you-can-do-on-linkedin-you-never-knew/

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GENERAL

Reentering the Atmosphere When You’ve Been in Orbit for Years

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140724185054-24961768-reentering-the-atmosphere-when-you-ve-been-in-orbit-for-years

** Important thoughts, especially if you’ve been out for a while.

10 Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-questions-you-absolutely-must-ask-before-accepting-a-job-offer

** Some really good thoughts here.

Top 9 Job Search Sites (in order of “like”)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-9-job-search-sites-order-like-krista-morris

** But network, network, network – don’t just apply.

8 Reasons You Are Not Getting Job Offers

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/8-reasons-you-getting-job-offers-rangel-executive-resume-writer

** There are more, but these are “up there”.

Underqualified? 7 tips to inspire employers to give you a chance

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/underqualified-7-tips-to-inspire-employers-to-give-you-a-chance

** Some good tactics.

Jobseekers – 8 Tips for Getting Your E-mail Read

http://designresumes.com/2010/07/tips-for-getting-your-email-read/

** Solid general advice.

How to recover from arriving late for an interview

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/04/03/how-to-recover-from-arriving-late-for-an-interview/

** It happens. What annoys me is how unforgiving some people can be… what, you’ve never, ever been late yourself?

No Response on a Job Application? Do This.

http://www.avidcareerist.com/2010/07/06/you-sent-your-resume-and-cover-letter-no-response-now-what/

** From 2010 but still very much applicable.

Why You Are Most Likely To Get Hired On A Tuesday

http://www.fastcompany.com/3044654/work-smart/why-you-are-most-likely-to-get-hired-on-a-tuesday

** I predict a rush on Tuesday appointments.

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UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

Interview Preparation

https://strategicsearch.com/technical-recruiting-blog/category/interview-preparation/

** A whole collection of articles from the interviewer’s point of view.

The one interview question Glamour editor Cindi Leive always asks job candidates

http://www.businessinsider.com/cindi-leive-asks-these-questions-when-hiring-2015-4

** There are actually two here.

The Interview Question That Can Seal The Deal

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-question-can-seal-deal-suzy-welch

** Never heard that question. Related

The 5 Be All End All Interview Questions for Entry Level Jobs

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/the-5-be-all-end-all-interview-questions-for-entry-level-jobs/

** Not just the questions, but the logic behind the questions.

My Favorite Job Interview Technique

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/my-favorite-job-interview-technique/

** On one hand, you should view this as a chance for a conversation. On the other hand, though, it’s still an interview – don’t let your guard down. Related:

How to Get Candidates to Drop Their Job Interview Facade

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/how-to-get-candidates-to-drop-their-job-interview-facade/

>>> A series of articles from high-level people, from Fortune:

Birchbox co-CEO: How to nail a job interview

http://fortune.com/2015/03/17/katia-beauchamp-birchbox-hiring/

Why you should treat a job interview like a first date

http://fortune.com/2015/03/20/ryan-harwood-interview-tips/

How social media can actually help you get hired

http://fortune.com/2015/03/25/andres-traslavina-interview-tips/

When is the best time to schedule a job interview?

http://fortune.com/2015/03/28/ryan-smith-interview-tips/

Why it’s okay to get personal in a job interview

http://fortune.com/2015/03/26/eva-gordon-interview-tips/

How much do references matter in a job interview?

http://fortune.com/2015/03/29/kevin-chou-interview-tips/

5 Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But Should)

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/03/5-things-recruiters-won’t-tell-you-(but-should)

** Good to know.

How to Use Phone Interviews to Screen Candidates

http://www.blogging4jobs.com/hr/how-to-use-phone-interviews-to-screen-candidates/

** What are they looking for?

7 things hiring managers value much more than your education

http://www.businessinsider.com/key-skills-for-getting-hired-2015-3

** I keep seeing integrity, which I said is one of the foundational elements of a person:

Check the Foundation First

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/check-the-foundation-first/

** Have a story that highlights your ethics, and proactively tell it.

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SALARY

Accepting a Job Offer: Before Saying Yes to a High Salary, Consider This

http://www.brazencareerist.com/blog/2015/03/27/accepting-a-job-offer-before-saying-yes-to-a-high-salary-consider-this/

** Money may not buy happiness, but it can make misery a lot more comfortable.

Tips to Maintain Negotiating Power around Salary

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/tips-to-maintain-negotiating-power-around-salary.php

** Basics. And related:

Do You Know How to Negotiate for Your Compensation?

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/do-you-know-how-to-negotiate-for-your-compensation

Looking for a Higher Starting Salary? Don’t Fall For These Employer Tricks

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/02/looking-for-a-higher-starting-salary-don’t-fall-for-these-employer-tricks

** Important. (I once bought a complete lemon of a car. A few months later I saw a newspaper article with “Tricks used by unscrupulous used car salesmen”. Many looked familiar! 😦 )

5 Easy Answers to Tricky Salary Negotiation Questions

http://www.payscale.com/salary-negotiation-guide/5-elegant-responses-to-tricky-negotiation-tactics

** Remember that an unwritten agreement is worth the paper it’s on.

A Fail-Safe Guide to Salary Negotiation [SLIDES]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/guide-to-salary-negotiation/

** Some excellent materials. Related

The Art of Salary Negotiation During the Job Interview

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/the-art-of-salary-negotiation-during-the-job-interview/

Salary Negotiation Fail, Fixed: What to Do When You Accidentally Lowball Yourself

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/03/salary-negotiation-fail-fixed-what-to-do-when-you-accidentally-lowball-yourself

** Difficult, but not impossible, to recover.

5 Key Benefits to Negotiate in Addition to Your Pay Package

https://www.recruiter.com/i/5-key-benefits-to-negotiate-in-addition-to-your-pay-package/

** It’s not just about money.

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.

  • If your material is mentioned here – and there are a lot of people whose good work I try to capture – please RT this broadcast to reach and help others.
  • If you contact one of the people / organizations mentioned because of my post (e.g., a resume consultant, a job search coach, etc.) please tell them you heard about them through me.
  • If you tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., by adding “via @davidhuntpe” to the tweet) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

(Plug: If you really like this aggregate – and consider that I put a fair amount of time into this! – please check out my SRG page; buy from my affiliates who pay me a commission. If you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support. Or take a look at the kind of places I’m looking for work – perhaps you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who works there; an introduction would be welcomed! And please consider that I have broadened my geographical search area.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

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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.