Tag Archives: article

Job Search Article Aggregate – Feb 18, 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!)

SPECIAL CHARITY BLEG! Help fund Purim baskets for IDF soldiers! (I am on the governing board for this group, Connections Israel.)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

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.

Job Seekers: Watch Your Back(ground)

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

** About how I discovered an error in a private criminal background database, what I had to do to get it removed, and how I think it was costing me job offers.

Show Me the Stupid

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

** Every company has them: those policies, practices, or just things-that-happen that make an outside observer do a facepalm. Here is a collection of such things, scrubbed (and not all from my own experience!), presented without comment in an effort to get people to start looking at their own organization with fresh eyes.

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

The Name’s the Thing

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/the-names-the-thing/

** When you meet people, pay attention to names. They’re important. How you address people affects their perception of you.

=====

 

SUPER DUPER!

 

25 Reasons Job Fairs Are Not a Waste of Time

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/job-fairs-reasons-to-go/

** Wow… I chimed in with an idea for #26 – Jacob Share added it. THANK YOU!

 

=====

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

The 9 Things People Decide Within Seconds of Meeting You

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242880

** Just like most interviews are over in 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

** And once again, thanks to Neil Patrick for republishing my essay.

7 Lies Employers Use To Trick You Into Working For Them

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-lies-employers-use-trick-you-working-them-j-t-o-donnell

** Incredibly important things to watch for as you interview! Remember that you are interviewing them too.

An Editor’s Guide to Writing Ridiculously Good Emails

https://www.themuse.com/advice/an-editors-guide-to-writing-ridiculously-good-emails

** Every email is an ambassador for you!

Perseverance and 8 other P words in the job search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/perseverance-8-other-p-words-job-search-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** Perfect primer to proactively poke procrastination.

6 Tips To Get Out of Job Search Paralysis

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-tips-get-out-job-search-paralysis-louise-kursmark

** Definitely.

6 Reasons Customers Aren’t Opening Your Emails (Infographic)

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242883

** Useful – as a job seeker, you are in sales. Related:

Dealing with ‘I’ll get back to you…’

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dealing-ill-get-back-you-mark-whitehead

** This is very useful. More on sales/persuasion:

14 Secrets of Really Persuasive People

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/14-secrets-really-persuasive-people-dr-travis-bradberry

The Number One Deadliest Mistake that Most Jobseekers Make

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/the-number-one-deadliest-mistake-that-most-jobseekers-make/

** People want to help you; be specific in your requests.

5 Classic Job Search Tools That Still Get Results

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/offline-job-search-tools/

** Applying by fax. A bit retro, but… interesting thought.

A Resume Without a Job Search Strategy is Like…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/resume-without-job-search-strategy-like-wendy-nolin

** Excellent advice.

 

=====

 

THIS EDITION’S FEATURED SITES/COACHES

 

Organic Resume Creations

http://www.organicresumecreations.com/#!career-job-search-blog/cdh6

** Found her because of her essays on LinkedIn.

About-dot-com Careers

http://www.about.com/careers

** Whole lot of stuff on a wide range of topics.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Digital Ageism: Technology and the Older Worker

https://talenttribune.softwareproviders.com/digital-ageism-technology-older-worker/

** Good point, but I think the dismissal of the idea that young people will work crazy hours for lower pay is a little… premature.

Are you More or Less than 40 Years Old?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-more-less-than-40-years-old-yuleni-pulido-

** Managing expectations and assuaging fears of early-jumping/gunning for a bigger chair seems to be a huge factor here.

What are the Main Benefits of Hiring Students or Graduates?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/hiring-students-benefits/

** Understand the mentality of what companies are thinking, and then proactively counter these. And I commented too.

The A-List Formula for Executive Career Success

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/a-list-formula-executive-career-success.aspx

** Excellent pointers.

What’s the real cost of ageism?

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

** Some good points to leverage.

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

News Flash: Your Network WANTS To Help

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/news-flash-your-network-wants-help-louise-kursmark

** Well, not everyone. But help them help you. Be specific in your requests.

6 tips for getting out of the house during your job search

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/01/19/6-tips-for-getting-out-of-the-house-during-your-job-search/

** Amen! Related:

Want to improve your job search? Step away from your computer!

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2014/04/want-to-improve-your-job-search-step.html

Building Your Network: 5 Tips For Shy Networkers

http://www.careerealism.com/network-tips-shy/

** Even if you’re an extrovert it can be daunting.

4 Steps For Taking Your Networking To The Next Level

http://www.careerealism.com/4-steps-networking-level/

** I also stress the first point.

No More Networking… Let’s Build Real Relationships!

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/02/13/no-more-networking-build-real-relationships/

** In the words of someone I know – so this is NOT mine – “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.”

How To Start A Conversation With Someone You Don’t Know

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20131010215307-33236097-how-to-start-a-conversation-with-someone-you-don-t-know

** A good recipe to open conversations. Related:

How to turn small talk into smart conversation

http://ideas.ted.com/how-to-turn-small-talk-into-smart-conversation/

The Five Deadliest Networking Mistakes

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140716070738-52594-the-five-deadliest-networking-mistakes

** I can’t say this often enough: it’s about building relationships.

The Job Market is Getting Hotter, but Not if You Apply Directly!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/job-market-getting-hotter-you-apply-directly-lou-adler

** Network like your job depends on it – because it does.

Old School Networking – It Still Works

http://careersdonewrite.com/blog/old-school-networking-it-still-works.html

** Yes, it does.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

5 Steps to Cover Letter Success

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/findajob/ss/Five-Steps-to-Cover-Letter-Success.htm

** Solid basic advice.

4 Red Flags Employers Watch For On Cover Letters

http://www.careerealism.com/cover-letters-red-flags/

** Especially – proactively allay concerns.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

Gone in Six Seconds: Why I Passed on Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/gone-six-seconds-why-i-passed-your-resume-danielle-krause

** And this assumes a human even looks at it!

Writing a Functional Resume: Do You Need One?

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7770-functional-resume.html

** Mine is a hybrid between reverse chronological and functional.

Does a Short Term Job Belong on Your Resume?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-short-term-job-belong-your-resume-lisa

** Realistically, “it depends on if you think it will help or not”.

Your Resume: Contact Information pitfalls and perils

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-resume-contact-information-pitfalls-perils-brian-brandt

** Useful!

What Really Happens When You Submit a Resume Online

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/02/16/what-really-happens-when-you-submit-a-resume-online/

** So network, network, network.

Are resume buzzwords an HR buzz kill?

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/resume-buzzwords-get-you-rejected/

** I see tremendous irony: loading your resume with keywords to get through the ATS only to have those same keywords knock you out when a person reads it.

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out from the Crowd

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumewriting/qt/resume-stand-out.htm

** Differentiation, baby!

Resume Help: Don’t Be Dense When It Comes to Your Resume

http://careersdonewrite.com/blog/resume-help-dont-be-dense-when-it-comes-to-your-resume.html

** It has to be readable by a person as well as by an ATS.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

Four Tips to Make the Most Out of an Informational Interview

http://ynpnboston.org/four-tips-make-informational-interview/

** Don’t use the word INTERVIEW in your request; it has a very loaded connotation. Instead, request a “networking meeting”.

Don’t Blow It Part I: The Phone Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-blow-part-i-phone-interview-kelye-perrin

** Pardon the pun: Sound advice.

The One Interview Question Most People Are Not Prepared For!

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

** Never had this question, but it’s a potential stumper – prepare.

Why You Should Love the “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-you-should-love-tell-me-yourself-interview-yuleni-pulido-

** And another stock question:

How are you supposed to answer “What are your weaknesses?”

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/how-are-you-supposed-to-answer-what-are-your-weaknesses

** I wonder what would happen if… “So, David, what are your weaknesses?” “Tortellini with basil pesto and extra garlic with aged grated romano, chocolate mousse or tiramisu, and a strong deep-red burgundy.” (I have a fantasy of winning the lottery so I never need to work again, but going on interviews just to answer questions like this.) 😉 And another stock question:

Job Interview Question: What’s Your Greatest Accomplishment

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/describe-your-greatest-accomplishment-tough-job-interview-joyce

Who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman? Some of the crazy questions posed by employers during job interviews that leave candidates red-faced

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2939942/Who-win-fight-Superman-Batman-crazy-questions-posed-employers-job-interviews-leave-candidates-red-faced.html

** More pop-psychology questions that might be asked.

Interview Insanity: “Where Do You Want to Be in Five Years”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-insanity-where-do-you-want-five-years-jan-johnston-osburn

** Some worthwhile thoughts on how to change the direction of the question.

How to Take a Hiring Manager’s Breath Away

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/take-hiring-managers-breath-away/

** What it boils down to: 1) prepare, and 2) anticipate their pain points and be a solution.

5 Ways To Prepare For An Interview [Sketch]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbjPZ1C8TyU

** Short video.

3 Things You Must Say At Every Job Interview

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/3-unique-job-interview-tips/

** Yes. What’s in it for them? The better you can answer that fundamental question, the better.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Give Your Job Search a Boost: Do the Unthinkable!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/give-your-job-search-boost-do-unthinkable-daisy-wright

** There’s a fine line between innovative and just plain desperate. What, and where, that line is… is a mystery and very definitely in the eye of the beholder.

Are These LinkedIn Mistakes Sabotaging Your Job Search?

http://www.careerattraction.com/linkedin-mistakes-sabotaging-job-search/

** Interesting, but a little non-specific.

Will Blogging Get You a Job?

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2011/06/will-blogging-get-you-job.html

** Opinions differ, but I believe you need to let some of your personality show. For example, I have an enormous humor content… pictures, jokes, etc. Hey, I like to laugh.

6 Great Benefits of LinkedIn Groups

http://www.job-hunt.org/IT-job-search/linkedin-groups-benefits.shtml

** It’s a pity you’re limited on groups. Just be careful; some groups might be “controversial” and so you should make sure they’re not displayed on your profile.

6 Incredibly Easy Things You Can Do Right Now To Attract Recruiters, Head Hunters and Employers To Your LinkedIn Profile

http://interviewiq.com.au/6-incredibly-easy-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-attract-recruiters-head-hunters-and-employers-to-your-linkedin-profile

** Helping people who want to hire find you.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

More Than Money: 5 Things to Consider Before Taking the Job

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/02/10/more-than-money-5-things-to-consider-before-taking-the-job/

** But money is important. Don’t ignore that either.

Are These 4 Attitudes Negatively Impacting Your Job Search?

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/02/11/are-these-4-attitudes-negatively-impacting-your-job-search/

** If they don’t even affect you a little… can I have what you’re taking?

Which hobbies help your employability?

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/09/23/hobbies-help-employability/

** Genealogy is one of my hobbies; patience and being meticulous is essential.

5 times to send a thank-you note during the job search

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/02/15/5-times-to-send-a-thank-you-note-during-the-job-search/

** It never, ever hurts to be polite.

3 Things To Do After An Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/after-interview/

** Never stop looking until 1) you’ve landed, and 2) you’re convinced you want to stay, and they want to keep you.

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

** Useful in getting them to be more open-minded.

How to find (nearly) anyone’s email

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-find-nearly-anyones-email-lavie-margolin

** Finding their email is one thing; getting their attention is another – though this is a good step.

Best Advice: Understand Your Talents, and Make Them Your Strengths

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-advice-understand-your-talents-make-them-strengths-charlene-li

** What differentiates you?

8 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job

http://chameleonresumes.com/2013/12/03/8-reasons-why-you-didnt-get-the-job/

** What can you avoid on this list?

6 Tips To Modernize Your Job Search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-tips-modernize-your-job-search-hannah-morgan

** Endorse.

Job seekers: You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to get a job

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/11/job-seekers-you-dont-need-to-reinvent-the-wheel-to-get-a-job/

** Being awesome is the baseline.

20 Funniest Job Search and Work FAILs

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/funny-job-search-work-pictures/

** Just funny. I don’t see anything unsavory or risque here, but… YMMV. The same applies to this one:

33 Most Unique and Funny Items Sent To Recruiters

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/unique-funny-items-for-recruiters/

** I admit I have a wry sense of humor, so… YMMV. And while some are funny, some are screaming-willies-inducing.

Responding to Job Rejections and Assessing Job Offers

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/responding-to-job-rejections-and-assessing-job-offers/

** Will you necessarily win points and contacts by trying after a rejection? No. But it won’t hurt to try.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

EMPLOYABILITY: ARE YOU WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/employability-you-what-employers-want-kimaileen-white-ma

** I agree there are no guarantees. But this article seems to push the idea that we’re all totally on our own. And then companies wonder why there’s no loyalty and no innovation.

What employers are looking for in interviews

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-employers-looking-interviews-tristan-ramus

** Solid basics.

What are the 5 Toughest Interview Questions Executives Need to Master?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-5-toughest-interview-questions-executives-need-master-garver

** Wow.

You’re Hiring; Now, Do it Well: How to Avoid the Number One Hiring Mistake

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/youre-hiring-now-do-well-how-avoid-number-one-mistake-carson-tate

** Some really good perspectives.

When Sizing Up Employees, Don’t Forget Culture Fit

http://www.talentculture.com/workplace-culture-and-innovation/when-sizing-up-employees-dont-forget-culture-fit/

** Fit is critical. Turn these around to make sure you vet the company’s culture too. And a few thoughts in an essay of mine on investigating a company culture:

Cultural Splinters

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

** And also while not from the “other side” this is topically-related:

How to be a cultural fit

http://www.keppiecareers.com/cultural-fit/

How to Recruit the Perfect Job Candidate

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2015/02/03/how-to-recruit-the-perfect-job-candidate/

** If you want to get caught, think like a fisherman. And related, from the same author:

7 Simple Ways to Conduct Better Job Interviews

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/12/01/7-simple-ways-to-conduct-better-job-interviews/

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

How To Answer “What Was Your Last Salary?”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-answer-what-your-last-salary-liz-ryan

** I really hate this question. It’s none of their business. I’m willing to work for a minimum of $X. If that’s feasible, let’s talk.

How To Push For An Above Average Salary Bump

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/1420/how-to-push-for-an-above-average-salary-bump

** The danger is that the higher your salary goes, the more incentive they have to find a way to dump you and replace you… and the harder it gets to find a new job at a similar salary if – er, when – that happens.

Salary Negotiation Tools and Advice for Your Career

http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/68/

** Podcast.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking About Your Salary

http://www.hrbartender.com/2015/employee/dos-donts-talking-salary/

** Useful perspectives.

 

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – February 10, 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!)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

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.

Job Seekers: Watch Your Back(ground)

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

** About how I discovered an error in a private criminal background database, what I had to do to get it removed, and how I think it was costing me job offers.

Show Me the Stupid

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

** Every company has them: those policies, practices, or just things-that-happen that make an outside observer do a facepalm. Here is a collection of such things, scrubbed (and not all from my own experience!), presented without comment in an effort to get people to start looking at their own organization with fresh eyes.

 

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

Design for Assembly: A Child Sippy-Cup Cap

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/design-for-assembly-examining-a-childs-sippy-cup/

** I did my Masters research at Carnegie Mellon University on this topic, and applied it very successfully in real-life. This essay is a write-up on an assembly issue of an everyday product, and has a proposal or two on how it might be fixed.

===== 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Job Search?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-sabotaging-your-own-job-search-liz-ryan

** Remember, you need to be interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you!! These are some great insights. Related:

If These 3 Things Happen During Your Job Interview, Don’t Take the Job

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2013/02/if-these-3-things-happen-during-your-job-interview-dont-take-the-job

** Remember, you are interviewing them too. If they treat you badly when you haven’t committed, they’ll treat you worse once you are committed.

How To Do A Background Check On Your Potential New Employer

http://www.interviewing.com/background-check-potential-new-employer/

** Very interesting and useful. One other thing – if you have time, attend relevant industry group meetings; ask about the reputation of the companies you’re investigating. Companies have reputations, and you can learn a lot this way.

Top 9 Stories of Awesomely Bad Job Seekers

http://www.interviewing.com/top-9-stories-of-awesomely-bad-job-seekers/

** On the lighter side. Just funny. Cringe-inducing, but funny.

Why your next job contract may scare you to death

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/why-we-should-expect-employers-to-scare.html

** Not an advice piece per se. Rather, an understanding from across the pond on where the employer-employee relationship seems to be heading. Grasping the nature of the terrain is vital for planning for yourself. And here’s where HR seems to be going:

The Next Frontier for Human Resources? It’s People Analytics

http://www.tlnt.com/2015/02/09/the-next-frontier-for-human-resources-its-people-analytics/

** I understand the need to make as-informed-a-decision-as-possible. But, ultimately, a person has to make a decision. Hide behind data, or analytics, or screening games, or whatever, there is no avoiding the fact that a person has to decide. And own that decision.

“Forget my past… I can do this job!”

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2010/04/forget-my-past-i-can-do-this-job.html

** Hiring anybody – ANYBODY! – involves risk; and there are enormous benefits in hiring from the outside and, IMHO, these can outweigh the risks:

Avoiding risk in hiring means avoiding innovation

http://www.nhbr.com/June-28-2013/Avoiding-risk-in-hiring-means-avoiding-innovation/

 

=====

 

FEATURED JOB-SEARCH COUNSELING/RESOURCE SITES

 

Graduate Jobs and Graduate Recruitment

http://www.grb.uk.com/

** Excellent site from across the pond.

CareerBliss

http://www.careerbliss.com/

** A whole lot of stuff here.

Job-Hunt

http://www.job-hunt.org/

** Another enormous collection of columns and advice articles.

Summary Sunday: Job Search Isn’t Easy

http://careersherpa.net/summary-sunday-job-search-isnt-easy/

** This looks like an interesting series, and worth going every Sunday.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Defeat the o-word at the job interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/defeat-o-word-job-interview-bob-korzeniowski-mba-cpa-pmp

** Sounds like what I said in my two articles about “The O Word” (shameless self-promotional plug):

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/

** Another take on the “O” word:

6 Ways to Rock the Overqualified Job Interview Question

http://chameleonresumes.com/2013/05/01/overqualified-job-interview-question/

** One thing that is clear from what I’ve read on the topic: best to head off concerns in the conversation proactively, rather than waiting for them to say it at the end.

Fired & Over 50: What To Do

http://www.careerealism.com/fired-over-50/

** Some excellent and over-arching advice. Just understand: ageism is out there, it’s real, but barring an inadvertent slip-of-the-tongue you’ll never know it and, barring wearing a recording device (not endorsed or recommended, BTW!), you’ll never prove it.

Tips for job seekers: Advice for mature & experienced workers pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMaAhjphhrY

Tips for job seekers: Advice for mature & experienced workers pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owlW6s_zbQA

** Short videos.

Half Of Your Company Is Looking To Leave: Four Retention Strategies To Keep Your Best

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2015/02/06/half-of-your-company-is-looking-to-leave-four-retention-strategies-to-keep-your-best/

** How can you, as a seasoned, insightful, and experienced person use this knowledge to present yourself? Related:

The 4 essential ingredients for innovation

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-essential-ingredients-innovation-robert-mckenzie

** More information to try and weave into a conversation to… drum roll please… differentiate yourself. You have experience, perspective, and wisdom – leverage those. More to work with in:

6 soft skills every professional needs

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/6-soft-skills-every-professional-needs

** The more you can proactively stress your abilities in these soft skills, the better you’ll be able to edge out the perception that “young bucks” are the way to go. And related:

The Motivations and Behaviors That Define High Potential Employees

http://www.tlnt.com/2015/02/02/the-motivations-and-behaviors-that-define-high-potential-employees/

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

How to talk to anyone at a networking event

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-talk-to-anyone-at-a-networking-event-2015-2

** My normal opening, after names, is to ask “So, what brings you here?” Focus on the other person first; then they’ll ask about you.

Networking Is a Key Strategy in Your Job Search

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-grainger/networking-is-a-key-strat_b_6459210.html

** And always try to help others.

10 Things You Should Never Do to Get a Job

http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/10-ways-to-offend-your-network.html

** Endorse this article highly.

5 Steps to Networking Success for Introverts

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/01/08/5-steps-to-networking-success-for-introverts

** Definitely, and I highly second the idea of building your network continually, even when you have a job. Related:

5 Surprisingly Perfect Ways for Introverts to Network

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-surprisingly-perfect-ways-for-introverts-to-network

7 Tips For Nailing Networking

http://www.careerealism.com/nailing-networking-tips/

** Think of it as your bank account; you can’t withdraw until you’ve put in.

Take the scary out of networking

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150116-take-the-scary-out-of-networking

** I understand that networking doesn’t come naturally; think of it as socializing with a purpose. Relax. Most people aren’t out to take your head off; rather, most people want to help.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

Tips for job seekers: How to write a great cover letter pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHqkAEdXEpg

Tips for job seekers: How to write a great cover letter pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nELZzO4bvdY

** Short videos.

Great Cover Letter Examples: A – Z List

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletters/a/cover-letters-a-z.htm

** Just don’t cut n paste these, but a good place to get starting ideas.

Don’t Make these Cover Letter Mistakes

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/1505/dont-make-these-cover-letter-mistakes

** I’m actually working on an essay about cover letters. Stand by, hopefully out in a couple of weeks. And related:

5 cover letter clichés that make employers cringe

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/01/21/5-cover-letter-cliches-that-make-employers-cringe

** Generic, but… definitely, don’t use these.

Seven Steps To Writing Cover Letters Quickly And Effectively

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2015/01/31/seven-steps-to-writing-cover-letters-quickly-and-effectively/

** Remember: a cover letter is nothing more than a marketing tool to get someone to read your resume.

4 Tips For An Effective Cover Letter

http://www.careerealism.com/cover-letter-synonymous-share/

** Solid points.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

Tips for job seekers: How to explain résumé gaps pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71g598r_Wqw

Tips for job seekers: How to explain résumé gaps pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyEWSMVbmRQ

** Short videos.

Avoid these 8 resume fails

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/avoid-these-8-resume-fails

** The first rule: don’t screw up!

Why Resume Little White Lies Are a Big Mistake [Infographic]

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/02/09/why-resume-little-white-lies-are-a-big-mistake-infographic/

** It’s not worth it. AND… a quote that I just saw from Thomas Jefferson: “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual.”

The Secret World of Recruiters: Why They Don’t Notice Your Resume

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/3135/the-secret-world-of-recruiters-why-they-dont-notice-your-resume

** Very broad and worth reading.

How to get past the robots that are reading your résumé

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-get-past-the-robots-that-are-reading-your-resume-2015-2

** You can do everything right and still be screened out.

How To Turn Duties Into Accomplishments On A Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-duties-into-accomplishments/

** Time to shamelessly plug my two resume-related essays:

Resume AVeNReTYA

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

Resume Ruminations

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/resume-ruminations/

Your Resume Isn’t Working Because…

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/your-resume-isnt-working-because.aspx

** Some strong advice.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

The “Tell Me About Yourself” Question: 4 Tips on How to Answer

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tell-me-yourself-question-4-tips-how-answer-lisa

** A very common question.

Tips for job seekers: How to avoid common job interview mistakes pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R53BYmVDgB8

Tips for job seekers: Avoid common job interview mistakes pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALzkypbnvWg

** Short videos.

The most common job interview questions and how to answer them

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/the-most-common-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them/story-fnkgbb6w-1226851303246

** Remember, you need to find your unique voice in these.

How to Tell Your “Hire Me” Story [Infographic]

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/02/04/how-to-tell-your-hire-me-story-infographic/

** Amusing and useful!

Value of Using ‘Canned’ Answers to Interview FAQs

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/using-rehearsed-canned-answers-interview-faqs-skip

** Don’t use found-on-the-internet answers, but do develop answers that you can spin off without hemming and hawing.

10 Toxic Words you Must not Say in a Job Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-toxic-words-you-must-say-job-interview-bernard-marr

** Think about what you say. IMHO though, you can become paralyzed by being worried about every word or gesture.

Why you keep falling short in job interviews

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/workinglife/why-you-keep-falling-short-in-job-interviews/2216616

** Some good basic thoughts. And more good basics:

5 Tips for Instant Interview Success

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/02/05/5-tips-for-instant-interview-success

** On the last point: yes, a good interview is a conversation. But, sometimes, it’s an interrogation and there’s nothing you can do about it.

5 TED Talks to Watch Before Your Next Interview

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-ted-talks-to-watch-before-your-next-interview

** Working my way through them.

How To Be Irresistible In Interviews

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/irresistible-in-interviews/

** Ultimately, be yourself; you can become paralyzed trying to keep track of it all.

5 Job Interview Tips for First-time Job Seekers

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/5-job-interview-basics/

** Not just for first-time seekers, but in particular for them.

Craziest Interview Questions – And How to Answer Them

http://boredomtoboardroom.com/2015/02/craziest-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them/

** As inane as I personally consider these kinds of questions, they’re common.

[Infographic] Revealed – 5 surefire ways to lose your interviewer within the first 30 seconds!

http://interviewiq.com.au/infographic-revealed-5-surefire-ways-to-lose-your-interviewer-within-the-first-30-seconds

** Amusing – and useful.

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

** Fantastic insights into the other side’s playbook.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Personal branding: Are your words leading to feeble or powerful outcomes?

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2015/02/personal-branding-are-your-words-leading-to-feeble-or-powerful-outcomes/

** Interesting, but one can use words that are so over-the-top that people start dismissing them.

Is your online reputation spotless?

http://www.winningimpression.com/i-googled-you/

** I’d like to claim that nobody is spotless on-line, but I’ve come across a few people who flat-out don’t exist online… which, as I understand it, is also a warning sign. If you’re online, IMHO, there will be something someone can criticize. Just don’t be stupid and do try to pull the pictures of you chugging that bottle of Jack, or the topless selfie you took and posted a few years ago. Related:

45 things successful job seekers do on social media

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/02/06/45-things-successful-job-seekers-do-on-social-media/

** Overall good advice. But do you really want to work for somebody that sees a well-argued, germane, and topical letter to the editor and – because it’s the other side from what they think – freaks out over it, or who has the vapors over a picture of you holding a beer, etc.?

How To Protect Your Privacy on LinkedIn

http://www.moneyandrisk.com/career/how-to-protect-your-privacy-on-linkedin/

** ID thieves are everywhere. And so are stalkers.

115+ Resources for Showing Off Your Work Skills

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/work-skills-resources/

** I’m actually working on my portfolio for my blog now.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

8 Places You Didn’t Think to Look for a Job

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/10/28/places-didnt-think-look-for-job/

** Some good off-the-beaten-path places to look.

Tips for job seekers: How to differentiate yourself from others pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMmA4PsznNU

Tips for job seekers: How to differentiate yourself from others pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaaLsw0QXn8

** Short videos.

5 Things to Do Before You Apply to Any Job

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/01/27/5-things-to-do-before-you-apply-to-any-job

** Good basics.

If People Need Jobs, Why Is It So Hard to Hire? [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/people-needs-jobs-why-hard-hire/

** Some interesting and, IMHO, very revealing statistics… revealing a lot more than on the surface.

10 Steps To Preparing Top-Notch References

http://www.careerealism.com/10-steps-to-preparing-top-notch-references/

** I keep saying it; references are job-search gold. Take care of them. Related:

4 Ways to Guarantee a Killer Reference Check

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/09/11/4-ways-to-guarantee-a-killer-reference-check

7 job-search sins

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/02/09/7-job-search-sins/

** Avoid these.

5 Habits That Make You Sound Young and Unprofessional

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/11/20/5-habits-that-make-you-sound-young-and-unprofessional

** Um, like, I totally get it.

4 Interview Body Language Mistakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaqfjDOmwpY

** I agree that you need to pay attention, but… you can become paralyzed by worry. And other videos on the side too.

8 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job (That Have Nothing to Do With You)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/8-reasons-you-didnt-get-the-job-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-you

** On #7: On one hand, you don’t want to be first – because often in meeting the first few people they fine-tune the job requirements, even if only mentally. But you don’t want to be last, because they may have made up their mind and you’re coming in simply because you’re on the schedule. But… there’s not a lot you can do about this.

7 Tips For Successful Virtual Informational Interviews

http://www.careerealism.com/virtual-informational-interviews/

** Good stuff. Even a phone call “networking conversation” – not “interview”, that’s too loaded a word – can be enormously useful.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

The Key Question Every Interviewer Must Ask (And You Must Answer Well)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/key-question-every-interviewer-must-ask-you-answer-well-jeff-haden

** That’s a good question; now that it’s out there I’d be prepared to answer it!

Phone Interview Tips for Hiring Managers

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/3745/phone-interview-tips-for-hiring-managers

** Know what they’re looking for in a phone interview.

5 Questions Hiring Managers Think During Interviews (But Might Not Ask)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-questions-hiring-managers-think-during-interviews-but-might-not-ask

** Know what they are probably thinking as they talk with you.

What Your Choice In Coffee Tells Employers About Your Personality?

http://thecareercafe.co.uk/blog/?p=11002

What Your Choice Of Tea Says To Employers About Your Personality

http://thecareercafe.co.uk/blog/?p=11097

** I don’t know. Somehow this seems like scraping the bottom of the candidate-clues barrel. Still, be aware of it.

How to Make Candidates Feel Comfortable During a Job Interview

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/candidates-comfortable-job-interview/

** On the surface, very nice. Just remember the old saw “… and welcomes little fishes in with gently-smiling jaws.” Don’t let your guard down.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

“What is Your Desired Salary?” – Why Recruiters Ask and What to Say

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-your-desired-salary-why-recruiters-ask-say-lisa

** Useful. Just remember, the whole salary-setting thing is a black art.

Tips for job seekers: How to negotiate your salary pt. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTdqJyAUqeg

Tips for job seekers: How to negotiate your salary pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6J8yFQP1XE

** Short videos. And related to negotiation:

3 Things You Don’t Know About Negotiating Salary

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2015/01/3-things-you-don%27t-know-about-negotiating-salary

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

** Honestly, some of these sound like when I bought a lemon of a used car (cue jingle: Chevy Chevette, it’ll drive you happy!). After-the-fact I read a list of tricks used by lemon salesmen; this guy used a lot of them. I’m not saying these are unfair, but be aware of them!

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – February 5, 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!)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m going to start 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.

Show Me the Stupid

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

** Every company has them: those policies, practices, or just things-that-happen that make an outside observer do a facepalm. Here is a collection of such things, scrubbed (and not all from my own experience!), presented without comment in an effort to get people to start looking at their own organization with fresh eyes.

Ask 5: Some more penetrating questions to ask at interviews

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/ask-5-some-more-penetrating-questions-to-ask-at-interviews/

** The fifth in a series of “penetrating questions” for job seekers to ask in interviews.

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

Offshoring: To Insanity… and Beyond

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/offshoring-to-insanity-and-beyond-long/

** With China building an entirely new airfield with clear staging towards the five islands in dispute with Japan, those who push sourcing to China, or overseas in general, should consider we may very well be in a hot war with China inside of a year or two. What happens to toys, vacuums, miscellaneous bits-n-bobs, computers, iPhones, as well as engineering-and-other outsourced services – let alone antibiotic feedstocks – then?

 

=====

 

FEATURED CAREER-RELATED SITES

 

One 2 One Resumes

http://one2oneresumes.com.au/tips-and-advice/

** Links to all sorts of job-search categories on the right.

Jobfully

http://blog.jobfully.com/

** Ditto; lots of links to useful articles by category on the right.

 

=====

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Beyond the Resume: 11 Ways to Grab an Employer’s Attention

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/28/beyond-the-resume-11-ways-to-grab-an-employers-attention/

** Some innovative thought-starters here.

The Behaviors that Define A-Players

https://hbr.org/2014/04/what-a-players-do/

** How can you use this to shape your presentation to potential employers, whether in a networking setting or an interview? Related:

4 Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-characteristics-leaders-who-get-hired-promoted-jo-miller

** Again, how can you use these insights to proactively show your strengths in these areas? And notice the strong emphasis on integrity as one key component. This brings up:

Check the Foundation First

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/check-the-foundation-first/

** Intelligence and integrity are foundational elements of a person’s character. They are intrinsic, unlike mutable attributes like skills, knowledge, and even attitude and motivation. Hire for those foremost.

Why You (Yes, You) Need a Professional Portfolio

https://www.themuse.com/advice/why-you-yes-you-need-a-professional-portfolio

** Interestingly, while I often bring a portfolio, I’ve had it backfire – to the point where one interviewer told me it was a negative.

You Must Do THIS at Your Job Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-must-do-your-job-interview-colin-shaw

** You can overanalyze this but, yes, a good – “quality” – handshake is critical.

13 Shocking Facts About Employee Engagement #WisdomWednesday

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/shocking-facts-employee-engagement/

** This is not a job-search article per se; it is, however, indicative of the “real” state of employment. Does anyone think that, if there were an actual “shortage”, companies could treat people like this?

Job hunting in a recession – new tactics revealed

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/job-hunting-in-recession-new-tactics.html

** Video from 2012 but still very, very relevant.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Top Tips for Executives In-Transition

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/top-tips-executives-in-transition.aspx

** Not just for older workers, but especially pertinent. Sort-of related:

What Makes a Great Leader? 12 Key Elements of Leadership Success

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/12-key-elements-of-leadership-succes.aspx

** How can you, as a senior person, leverage these points?

Online Job Search Tips for Older Workers

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2012/11/online-job-search-tips-for-older-workers.html

** Here’s the issue to most of these… the moment they see you, they’ll know. And, really, not putting a date on your graduation? To anyone with any savvy whatsoever, the absence of a date is – in and of itself – a signal about your age.

Companies Are Not Prepared for Aging Workers

http://www.hrbartender.com/2015/recruiting/companies-not-prepared-aging-workers/

** I will be a cynic and opine that, based on observation, it is far easier and more common to find pretexts to get rid of older workers, and then hire “young bucks” who will work insane hours for a fraction of the salary. Of course, what’s missing in all this is the loss of “tribal knowledge” and overall experience, plus intellectual diversity… not to mention a much better network of personal contacts on which to rely.

Network for Success: It’s Different When You’re Older

http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2015-01/network-success-its-different-when-youre-older

** Aimed at older workers, but good for everyone else too.

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

Networking When You’re Just Starting Out

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/networking-when-youre-just-starting-out-steve-cartwright

** A good list of networking venues.

The 5 Golden Rules of Networking

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4999/the-5-golden-rules-of-networking

** It’s about relationships. Ongoing relationships. And I heartily endorse getting out to meet people in person:

The Butlerian Jihad

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

** Thou shalt network in person.

LinkedIn InMails: 7 Ways to Get Responses

http://www.business2community.com/linkedin/linkedin-inmails-7-ways-to-get-responses-0457329

** I think these could help when you send a message through LinkedIn.

Let’s Have Lunch!

http://www.job-hunt.org/career-building/lets-have-lunch.shtml

** Good guidelines for a networking lunch.

Networking: Who is in your network and how do you approach them?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/810/networking-who-is-in-your-network-and-how-do-you-approach-them

** Some good basics; just remember, it’s not going to do the geometric growth thing like everyone says it will.

Turning Social Events into Networking Opportunities

http://blog.jobfully.com/2014/11/turning-social-events-into-networking-opportunities

 

** If you’re interacting with another person, that’s a potential networking opportunity. Related:

Want to Network? Don’t go to Networking Events

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/want-network-dont-go-networking-events-linda-coles

** It’s dangerously and seductively easy to just go to networking events of other out-of-work people. Go out and meet people, and do it at industry events where the majority of people have jobs!

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

Applicant tracking systems – the hidden peril for job applicants

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/07/applicant-tracking-systems-hidden-peril.html

** Quote: “Some sources quote that as many as 75% of applicants are eliminated by ATS systems, as soon as they submit their resume, despite being qualified for the job!”

Jurassic Park Hiring

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/jurassic-park-hiring/

** If 75% of qualified people are never passed through the ATS screen, as Neil relates above, could this be the root cause of the “shortage” everyone’s screaming about? And if so, why are companies doing the same thing – pushing more people through the ATS – and expect different results? Note another statistic which I quote in my piece, from an interview of Wharton Professor Peter Cappelli: “One employer told me that 25,000 people had applied for a reasonably standard engineering job in their company and that the hiring systems indicated that none met the requirements.” What’s that definition of insanity?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: clichés on your résumé

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2014/10/18/damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-dont-cliches-on-your-resume/

** Presenting two sides of the argument.

How to List Temporary Jobs on Your Resume

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-list-temporary-jobs-on-your-resume

** I favor the grouping method.

5 résumé tricks that can backfire

http://www.businessinsider.com/resume-tricks-that-can-backfire-2015-2

** Not sure I agree with everything, but I definitely second the view that leaving dates off resumes is, in itself, a signal of age.

What recruiters notice in resumes

http://www.social-hire.com/cv–resume/5085/7-things-that-employers-pay-attention-to-in-a-resume

** I haven’t seen this this perspective before.

Productive Ways to Fill Resume Gaps

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

** By hook or by crook, show you’re not just sitting on the couch surfing the web and getting addicted to soaps.

5 Ways To Have Fun With Your Resume

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/have-fun-with-your-resume/

** OK, not sure these will have the effect of truly getting a hiring manager’s attention, but they are entertaining. And who knows, if you go on an interview, and find someone who – through a discussion – who might be amenable, this could be a good differentiator.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

The Interview Question New Employees Wish They Had Asked

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-question-new-employees-wish-had-asked-larry-tyler

** A very pertinent point!

7 Crazy Questions You’d Never Expect to be Asked at Interview

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/2991/7-crazy-questions-youd-never-expect-to-be-asked-at-interview

** While I understand the need to evaluate creativity and thinking under pressure, I will repeat my assertion from my previous Article Aggregate: that one of the “hidden purposes” of these kinds of questions is to test a candidate’s patience and willingness to put up with pop-psychology questions.

2015 Job Interview Trends

http://chameleonresumes.com/2015/01/12/2015-job-interview-trends/

** Be aware of what might be coming.

How to Answer This Question – Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years

http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/answering-see-yourself-5-years.shtml

** And other question articles at the bottom.

Why was there a gap in employment between [insert dates] and [insert date]?

http://www.lioncubjobsearch.com/2014/05/why-was-there-gap-in-employment-between.html

** A good spin for a far-too-common-these-days question. Of course, a shrewd hiring manager should, if encountering a bunch of people, be able to generalize to “Maybe the economy sucks canal water, and that’s why so many people are out of work.” The quest for the fantasy date (or the “purple squirrel”) doesn’t help either:

What is “The Perfect Fit”?

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

** I have my own suspicions: given the hammering of articles I see weekly about the dangers and costs of a (cue dramatic music: da duh daaaa!) “Bad Hire” I will offer my opinion: the fantasy date quest is really a subconscious way for hiring managers to avoid hiring at all. Thus, if nobody meets the qualifications, there’s nobody to hire and zero risk of that (da duh daaaa!) “Bad Hire!”. It’s just a theory, of course, but IMHO plausible.

How to Dress for the Interview

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/how-to-dress-for-the-interview.php

** If you have the chance, ask the HR person for advice; should you go “full formal” or what? Add in that given the wide range of dress codes and cultures, you’d like to be sure you are dressed appropriately.

4 Questions You Need to Have Answers to Before Your Interview

http://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/interview-tips/4-questions-you-need-to-have-answers-to-before-your-interview.php

** Some good fundamentals.

Don’t Make These Deadly Job Interview Assumptions

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140630140734-780585-3-major-mistaken-job-interview-assumptions

** I got nailed by #3. I had a directly-relevant line item on my resume; nobody asked about it. After the second interview (!) I did manage to get some feedback under the table and was told that I should have brought it up.

Answering the question, “What do you do?”

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/05/18/answering-the-question-%E2%80%9Cwhat-do-you-do%E2%80%9D/

** Remember, you are more than a job title.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Are You Job Hunting? Then Get Cleaned Up!

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/770/are-you-job-hunting-then-get-cleaned-up

** Define “clean”. I still have this image of someone having the vapors at seeing a person at a party holding a beer, and a coronary at seeing someone tweet a bikini selfie from their Bahamas vacation. Seriously? This is the 21st century, not the Puritan era:

Social Media Vetting: Proposed Standards (Long)

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

Try the “Google Yourself” Challenge [Infographic]

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/30/try-the-google-yourself-challenge-infographic/

** Have a networking buddy looking for work? Take the initiative, google them and tell them what you find.

If you’re going to endorse someone for their skills, do it right

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/youre-going-endorse-someone-skills-do-right-bob-mcintosh-cprw-mbti

** I don’t like LinkedIn endorsements:

Tarnished Endorsements

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

** What really irks me is people who endorse me for skills and qualifications having neither worked with nor even met me. That cheapens the whole idea.

Do you need a social media presence to find a job?

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140606-no-social-media-presence-no-job

** In a word, yes. Not being “out there” is suspect. But being “too” out there is also a turnoff. What’s the magic window? Who knows for certain!

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

10 Sure Fire Ways to Kill a Sale

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-sure-fire-ways-kill-sale-john-boyens

** Again, remember – you are marketing and selling yourself. Therefore, you are in sales.

8 Ingredients for Job Search Success

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/5054/8-ingredients-for-job-search-success

** Useful, and especially #6: never NOT be networking and “putting money in your networking bank account”. In this day-and-age of expendable-asset employees, you never know when you may need to tap your network again.

The Body Language Business And The Now of You

http://www.talentculture.com/career-strategy/the-body-language-business-and-the-now-of-you/

** Body language is important, but you can overthink it.

4 Steps For Developing A Winning Elevator Pitch

http://www.careerealism.com/elevator-pitch-developing-winning/

** Remember: this is a way to tweak someone’s interest and make them want more. Related:

Is Your Elevator Pitch Working?

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/is-your-elevator-pitch-working/

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

6 Interviewing Pitfalls to Avoid

http://www.interviewing.com/6-interviewing-pitfalls-to-avoid/

** Generic, but still useful.

Successful Candidates Never Ask This Question

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/successful-candidates-never-ask-question-brian-de-haaff

** Insights into the thoughts of a hiring managers.

4 Ways to Get Noticed By Jobseekers in 2015

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/4965/4-ways-to-get-noticed-by-jobseekers-in-2015

** Want to get caught? Think like a fisherman. Related:

Help Us Hunt You Down

http://absolutelyabby.com/searching/help-us-hunt-you-down.html

** Ditto.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

How to Negotiate Salary at the Executive Level

http://www.careerattraction.com/negotiate-salary-executive-level/

** Not just for executives. More on negotiation:

How to handle salary negotiations during the recruitment process

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/5084/how-to-handle-salary-negotiations-during-the-recruitment-process

** And another:

Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Executive Compensation

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/mistakes-to-avoid-when-negotiating-your-executive-compensation.aspx

Job Search Article Aggregate – January 31, 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!)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m going to start 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.

Show Me the Stupid

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

** Every company has them: those policies, practices, or just things-that-happen that make an outside observer do a facepalm. Here is a collection of such things, presented without comment in an effort to get people to start looking at their own organization with fresh eyes.

Ask 5: Some more penetrating questions to ask at interviews

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/ask-5-some-more-penetrating-questions-to-ask-at-interviews/

** The fifth in a series of “penetrating questions” for job seekers to ask in interviews.

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

Pianos, Cost Savings, and Innovation

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/pianos-cost-savings-and-innovation/

** Why won’t employees innovate anymore? A better question is “Why should employees innovate?”.

One more shameless self-plug… I just published a short sci-fi/fantasy/romance piece of fiction on my blog. If you have a shred of interest in science fiction, fantasy, or a hint of a romantic in your character, please do consider reading it:

Fiction: “Butterfly Dreams”

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/fiction-butterfly-dreams/

** If you like it, please forward on to others.  If you have suggestions on how I might improve the story, please leave them in the comments so I can use them as guidance for my next sci-fi/fantasy story (already in progress).

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

7 Reasons Employers Will Hire You

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

** Think like a hiring manager. Related:

3 Employer Concerns Every Job Candidate Must Address

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/30/3-employer-concerns-every-job-candidate-must-address

** Remember, many hiring managers are swamped with resumes; they’re looking for a way to wash you out. The First Rule: don’t wash out immediately. (Make ’em work for a reason! 😉 )

How To Get A Job You’re Not Qualified For

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-get-job-youre-qualified-liz-ryan

** This is a must-read.

8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask In A Job Interview

http://www.inc.com/jerome-ternynck/8-questions-every-candidate-should-ask-during-job-interviews.html

** Some good questions, but the golden nugget is in the intro: get the hiring manager to think of you as already on the team.

5 Ways to Separate Yourself as a Job Seeker

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/separate-yourself-as-job-seeker/

** Differentiation. Remember, you are selling yourself, to wit:

How Sales Tactics Can Get You a Job

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/01/16/how-sales-tactics-can-get-you-a-job

** IMHO it’s a lot harder to figure out what salary to ask for than this article implies; it’s very much a black art.

My Thoughts on Job Interviews: Natural Behavior vs. Expected Behavior

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-thoughts-job-interviews-natural-behavior-vs-expected-karthik-rajan

** Read the whole thing – very insightful. Yes, we all put on a face at work. And somewhat related:

Five Lies You’ll Hear On Your Job Search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/five-lies-youll-hear-your-job-search-liz-ryan

** Excellent… if only it was that easy.

How to be a cultural fit

http://www.keppiecareers.com/cultural-fit/

** Just remember, cultural fit goes both ways. If you have time, contact industry/trade groups and attend meetings – companies have a reputation. Listen to that feedback and take it seriously. If, for example, when talking with someone about a particular company and they scoff and ask “Oh, that sweatshop?” that’s a huge warning sign.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Why employers should harness the potential of older workers

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/20/employers-harness-potential-older-workers

** Very useful to use in a discussion.

How to identify high potential employees

http://www.thenational.ae/business/the-life/how-to-identify-high-potential-employees

** How can you, as an experienced person, leverage these insights to present yourself in a better light?

Older Job Seeker? Stop Making These Mistakes Immediately

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/older-job-search-mistakes/

** And another article on older workers and the job search from the same site:

40 Tips for Job Seekers Over 40

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/40-tips-for-job-seekers-over-40/

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

10 Habits of Remarkably Powerful Networkers

http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/10-habits-of-remarkably-powerful-networkers.html

** I’d add “Be helpful.”

The 6 Networking Mistakes Women (And Men) Make

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140611112558-174077701-the-6-networking-mistakes-we-women-make

** All good. And two other good ones on networking from the same author:

My Two Very Simple Rules for Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130710130036-174077701-my-two-very-simple-rules-for-networking

My (New) Third Very Simple Rule of Networking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130805103249-174077701-my-new-third-very-simple-rule-of-networking

** I highly endorse the idea in this last one! Meet and cultivate relationships with people that are different than you.

60 Seconds Of Networking Advice

http://www.careerealism.com/60-seconds-of-networking-advice/

** Worth reading, and I endorse the idea of keeping records.

A Master Networker Shares His Top 20 Networking Tips

http://www.businessinsider.com/jon-levy-top-networking-tips-2015-1

** Somehow I doubt this is something everyone can do. Good inspiration, no doubt, but…

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

10 Rules of cover letter writing

http://careerprocanada.ca/10-rules-of-cover-letter-writing/

** 11: Translate your experience, as selected from your resume, into what you can do for their bottom line. Three related pieces at the bottom.

How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2015/01/21/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-when-you-have-no-experience/

** Focused on younger people, but broad advice nonetheless.

5 Cover Letter Cliches That Make Employers Cringe

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/01/21/5-cover-letter-cliches-that-make-employers-cringe

** I cringed.

How to Write a Great Cover Letter

http://www.cio.com/article/2877934/resumes/how-to-write-a-great-cover-letter.html

All good points.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

Go Ahead. Use An Infographic Resume

http://careersherpa.net/go-ahead-use-infographic-resume/

** Great if you can get it into a human’s hands!

The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, Part 2: Your top 8 questions

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/biggest-mistakes-i-see-resumes-part-2-your-top-8-questions-bock

** Insights.

My Personal Formula for a Winning Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140929001534-24454816-my-personal-formula-for-a-better-resume

** Sounds… familiar:

The New Formula for Resume Success

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/08/03/the-new-formula-for-resume-success/

** Thanks to YouTern for republishing my essay! And in a similar vein:

The Right Way to Use Overused Words In Your Resume

http://chameleonresumes.com/2015/01/19/right-way-use-overused-words-resume/

10 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-things-you-should-leave-off-your-resume-gerry-walsh

** In reference to #8: At least put your city. Employers want to know.

5 Little Resume Tweaks Employers Are Begging For

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-tweaks-employers-begging/

** Wait… I thought the “Objective Statement” was out of favor. Ultimately, you can lay resume consultants end-to-end and not reach more than broad-brush conclusions.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

The One-Question Interview

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-question-interview-bob-baxley

** That would be a stumper if hit with it blindly. Wow.

How to Stand Out During the Interview: Use These 25 Questions

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/25-questions-stand-out-interview/

** A couple of years old but very good.

6 questions to ensure you get a “yes” at your next interview

http://aquent.com.au/blog/6-questions-to-ensure-you-get-a-yes-at-your-next-interview

** Ask to stay in touch, but I’ve not had much luck with that.

Here’s Why I Won’t Hire Anyone Until I Take Them to Lunch First

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interviews-final-frontier-always-dine-before-you-sign-brayton

** The meal is part of the interview! 1) Don’t season you’re food before you taste it, 2) use utensils correctly; 3) be nice to the wait staff; 4) watch what the interviewer does… how they treat the waiter is how they’ll treat you in six months. (That last also applies to dating!)

30 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

https://www.themuse.com/advice/30-things-you-should-never-say-in-a-job-interview-1

** I think I’m guilty of a couple of these. And related:

How to Blow a Job Interview in Less than 5 Minutes

http://workbloom.com/articles/interview/how-blow-job-interview-less-than-5-minutes.aspx

** An interesting observation on arrival time. And a bunch of other resources to browse as well! (Resumes, cover letters, and networking too!) More on this:

Mistakes and blunders to avoid in your next job interview

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/mistakes-and-blunders-to-avoid-in-your-next-job-interview

** The first rule: don’t screw up!

The One Job Interview Question That Blows Recruiters Away

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/23/the-one-job-interview-question-that-blows-recruiters-away/

** This is a stellar question to ask.

Still talking about “we” during an interview?

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/01/29/still-talking-about-we-during-an-interview/

** I do agree the interview is about the person, but… there is a balance between being a glory-hog, and sharing credit where it’s due. Where that line is, however, is a mystery.

How to Answer Strange Interview Questions?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/5064/how-to-answer-strange-interview-questions

** Why do they really ask these questions? Related:

What to Say If an Interviewer Asks Which Animal You Would Be and Why

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/04/what-to-say-if-an-interviewer-asks-which-animal-you-would-be-and-why

** I have the cynical impression, just a gut feel, that one of the reasons these kinds of questions are asked is to test just how eager-beaver (or desperate) a candidate is for the job by testing their patience with pop-psychology questions like this.

How To Effectively Demonstrate Your Value In A Job Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/job-interview-demonstrate-value/

** Don’t forget the SPARTACUS approach:

How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-turn-yourself-into-winning-job.html

** As always, I’m glad Neil Patrick likes my stuff enough to have republished his on his blog!

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Personal Branding 101

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/personal-branding-101-sallie-krawcheck

** It’s marketing. So here’s a question: at what point does the marketing evolve to the point where you are not you?

How To Find The BEST Keywords For Your LinkedIn Profile

http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-best-keywords/

** Word clouds can also be very useful.

Secrets To Managing Your Online Visibility

http://careersherpa.net/secrets-managing-online-visibility/

** Short and to the point.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

To Get What You Want, Say What You Want

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/get-what-you-want-say-bruce-kasanoff

** Want the job? Say so.

The 7 Things I Learned When I Got Fired (Again)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20131022115438-174077701-the-7-things-i-learned-when-i-got-fired-again

** Just because you were fired from company A doesn’t mean you won’t work out well at company B. A critical point: not everyone fits into every company.

How to Find Jobs Using Employer Websites

http://www.job-hunt.org/findingjobs/findingjobs_employers.shtml

** Good resources.

Personality Tests and the Rise of the Hiring Machines

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201502/alix-stuart/tipsheet-the-rise-of-the-hiring-machines-.html

** I personally view using tests like this as a cop-out, not to mention the effect on a person’s fit into growth, not just the slot being considered:

The Lazlo Emergency Commission Report

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-lazlo-emergency-commission-report.html

** Another one of my essays, republished/reblogged on 40pluscareerguru.

Bringing Your “A” Game: 5 Tips For Acing A Job Fair

http://www.careerealism.com/job-fair-tips-acing/

** The real benefit is the networking while you stand in line waiting to talk to company representatives.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

Can Science Be Used To Hire Kick-Ass Teams?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/can-science-used-hire-kick-ass-teams-kate-morgan

** There are things that can advise; if a company uses tests and computer games or other screening tools as the determining factor… run. For a whole litany of reasons.  Still, understand that a lot of companies are going to use these.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

Job Applicants: Why Negotiation Techniques Are Crucial

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-application-negotiation/

** To have any sort of strength in negotiation, you need to have the ability to say “no” and walk away. And five more negotiation-related articles:

How to Negotiate Your Next Salary – Ask #HR Bartender

http://www.hrbartender.com/2015/recruiting/negotiate-next-salary-ask-hr-bartender/

Job Hunting? Here’s How to Negotiate a Higher Opening Salary

http://www.mainstreet.com/article/job-hunting-heres-how-to-negotiate-a-higher-opening-salary

Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Your Executive Compensation

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/mistakes-to-avoid-when-negotiating-your-executive-compensation.aspx

The Art of Salary Negotiation During the Job Interview

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/the-art-of-salary-negotiation-during-the-job-interview/

A Step-by-Step Guide to Salary Negotiation

https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3267-7-scripts-to-negotiate-at-work/1

Do You Know How Much You’re Worth?

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/01/13/do-you-know-how-much-youre-worth

** Some good places to look to try and get a handle on what number range to quote when asked. And some more places to look for guidance in targeting that range to give:

Find Out How Much You Are Worth to Employers

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/find-out-how-much-you-are-worth-to-employers.php

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – Jan 22, 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 generally 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!)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

MY LATEST TWO ESSAYS

In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m going to start 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.

Ask 5: Some more penetrating questions to ask at interviews

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/ask-5-some-more-penetrating-questions-to-ask-at-interviews/

** The fifth in a series of “penetrating questions” for job seekers to ask in interviews.

Resume Ruminations

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/resume-ruminations/

** I’ve seen a lot of pieces of advice on resumes: e.g., general formatting, key words, and so on, and I’ve got a RESUME section, below, too. But here are some tidbits I think are relevant, but haven’t seen most of them elsewhere.

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

The “O” Word 2

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

** Thoughts about how to preemptively strike at being called “overqualified.”

 

=====

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Right Or Wrong: “If You Are Out Of Job For 2 Years, You Won’t Find One Anymore”

http://www.kennedyexecutive.com/right-or-wrong-if-you-are-out-of-job-for-2-years-you-wont-find-one-anymore/

** Wrong… but you do need to show you’re not sitting on the couch doing nothing.

What To Say When An Interviewer Calls You At A Bad Time

http://www.careerealism.com/interviewer-calls-you-bad-time/

** May have already posted this before… but it bears repeating. An unscheduled call out of the blue is one thing. Being told to sit by the phone, waiting for them to call “whenever”, is another and an indication of their culture.

3 Big Mistakes That Block Job Search Success!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141022163822-13156405-3-big-mistakes-most-jobseekers-make-that-block-their-own-job-search-success

** Some very good thoughts here.

What I Have Learned While Job Hunting

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-i-have-learned-while-job-hunting-erica-simonsen

** Read this; read this again. I certainly sympathize! But here’s a question for employers: do you think the attitude of this person, as justifiable as I would opine it is, will carry over when they land? Of course. And do you think that it will infect others? Of course. The way companies treat people is contaminating the entire workforce:

Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir

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

Will Periods of Unemployment Be the New Norm?

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/will-periods-of-unemployment-be-the-new-norm/

** Understanding the landscape is critical.

40 Common Reasons Recruiters May Reject You

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/12/40-common-reasons-recruiters-may-reject-you/

** I commented.

How to Make Sure Your Business Cards Get Noticed (Not Thrown in the Trash)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-make-sure-your-business-cards-get-noticed-not-thrown-in-the-trash

** A good business card is a must. Don’t just dash something off.

Job Hunting? A Talent Recruiter Shares How To Stand Out

http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2015/01/14/job-hunting-a-talent-recruiter-shares-how-to-stand-out/

** Four pages of gold.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

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

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/job-career-how-to-sell-yourself

** Insights on transferrable skills.

8 Things to Avoid in Your Executive Job Search

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/8-things-to-avoid-in-your-executive-job-search.aspx

** Not just for executives, of course.

Employers and recruiters take note – these are the myths about mature workers

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2013/04/employers-and-recruiters-take-note.html

** From 2013, and still applies.

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

The Terrible Networking Mistake That Almost Everyone Makes

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-common-networking-mistake-2015-1

** An excellent approach when introducing two people.

How to Handle a ‘Networking’ Coffee

https://gothinkbig.co.uk/features/how-to-handle-a-networking-coffee

** Excellent DOs and DON’Ts

What My Dog Taught Me About Networking

http://www.careerealism.com/networking-dog-taught-me/

** You don’t just network in formal events. Any contact with someone else is a networking opportunity. I heard, anecdotally, of a six-figure job being landed because of a conversation in a supermarket.

The Psychology of Networking: How Some Appear Natural While Others Stutter

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/psychology-networking-how-some-appear-natural-while-others-stutter/

** I agree 117%. The problem is that companies are so lean these days it’s hard to get onto someone’s schedule to develop that relationship.

9 Major Networking No-No’s

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233816

** The first rule: don’t screw up.

The Art Of Networking

http://millennialceo.com/social-media/art-networking/

** And give, give, give.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

8 Resources to Help You Nail Your Next Cover Letter

https://www.themuse.com/advice/8-resources-to-help-you-nail-your-next-cover-letter

** Collection of links to cover letter advice.

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-1

** Use your cover letter to translate your resume – what you’ve done – into their understanding of what you can do for them.

How to Create a Reader-Based Cover Letter and Résumé

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-create-a-reader-based-cover-letter-and-resume/

** Make it easy for them to want to interview you.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

4 Things You Must Have In Your Resume Profile

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-profile-must-have/

** Quote: “Of all the sections in a resume, the Resume Profile, or Profile Summary, is the only section everyone will read.”

19 Warning Signs Your Resume Stinks

http://www.resumetarget.com/blog/19-warning-signs-your-resume-stinks/

** Interesting that some of these, e.g., dates and putting months AND years, goes counter to the “conventional wisdom”; though overall some good advice.

42 Resume Dos and Don’ts Every Job Seeker Should Know

https://www.themuse.com/advice/42-resume-dos-and-donts-every-job-seeker-should-know

** A good collection of advice.

The Top 4 Resume Tips From Career Professionals

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/4-vital-resume-tips-career-pros/

** Good things.

Will Your Resume Pass the “Sink-or-Swim” Test?

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/22/will-your-resume-pass-the-sink-or-swim-test/

** The “sink or swim” mentality in hiring.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

How To Salvage A Job Interview

http://www.cmo.com/articles/2015/1/12/how_to_salvage_a_job.html

** Good advice; the trick is to recognize when it’s starting to go south – before it’s too late. Then again, it may already be over:

Review Sheet: 10 Important Interview Prep Checklist Steps

http://www.careerealism.com/job-seeker-blunders-10-interview-prep-steps-repeating/

** Fundamentals.

5 Ways to Use Humor Effectively in a Job Interview

https://www.recruiter.com/i/5-ways-to-use-humor-effectively-in-a-job-interview/

** Humor can be incredibly effective at building a rapport, but it’s also a very risky thing.

18 Things To Bring On A Job Interview

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/10/15/18-things-to-bring-on-a-job-interview/

** I disagree with having references on-hand ready to give them. Depending on who you talk with, and the specifics of the interview, you probably will want to customize your references accordingly. Also, handing over contact information now gives license to that company to contact people. Rather, I suggest saying something like “I’m thrilled that you want references! Please give me a day to forwarn my references that you may be contacting them, out of courtesy to them, and you will have my reference list within 48 hours.”

Interview Question: What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve it?

http://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/blog/ammiel-g.php

** That’s an interesting one!

How You Can Be the “Right Fit” Candidate

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-you-can-right-fit-candidate-louise-kursmark

** On one hand, I agree; “fit” into culture and team are critical. But it becomes a popularity contest, and a convenient excuse to rule people out a priori “because, that’s why”.

How to Answer This Question – What’s Your Greatest Strength?

http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/answering-strength-question.shtml

** There’s a hidden question inside that question.

How to answer the interview question ‘What attracted you to this role?’.

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/11/04/answer-interview-question-attracted-role/

** This is not the place for “the money”.

Overcoming The Interviews From Hell

http://linkis.com/www.social-hire.com/OVpGC

** Ever had one of these?

3 Ways to Instantly Connect With Your Interviewer

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-ways-to-instantly-connect-with-your-interviewer

** Just don’t over do it; nothing can turn off an interviewer as when they consciously grasp that you’re mirroring them.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

3 Reasons Why No Social Media Presence Is a Bigger Red Flag Than a Dodgy Profile

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/why-no-social-media-presence-is-bigger-red-flag/

** Here’s my problem. If you have no presence, that’s a red flag. If you have too much of a “sharing” presence, that’s a red flag. There’s no standard, no nothing – so what this really becomes is just another excuse to rule you out if they don’t want you.

Any Value Proposition Hinges on the Answer to One Question

https://hbr.org/2015/01/any-value-proposition-hinges-on-the-answer-to-one-question

** If you are looking for work, you are in sales and marketing.

Should we all turn off Linkedin Notifications permanently?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/should-we-all-turn-off-linkedin.html

** Some useful insights into how LI notifications work.

Why You Should Never Cross-Post on Social Media

http://linkhumans.com/blog/cross-post-social-media

** Subtle.

The top 10 trust-melters on your social media

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-top-10-trust-melters-on-your-social.html

** How is trust built when you’re only communicating through the internet? Good question, some answers here.

Six Rules To Being A Social Jobseeker

http://www.jobhop.co.uk/six-rules-social-jobseeker/

** Ultimately, IMHO, it’s about building credibility.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

5 Ways Your Thank You Note Could Lose You the Job

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-ways-your-thank-you-note-could-lose-you-the-job-1

** This is no time to relax. More:

3 Ways to Lose a Job Before You Get It

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-ways-lose-job-before-you-get-chester-elton

** And if a specific problem was mentioned, can you give some direction as to a solution?

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2011/07/no-you-are-not-running-late-you-are-rude-and-selfish/

** Quote: “I am not talking about the odd occasion of lateness. I am talking about people who are routinely late. In fact, never on time. You know who I am talking about!” There are legitimate reasons for being late; always be apologetic, cite your reason, then leave it alone.

Job Hunting Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

http://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/job-search-advice/job-hunting-etiquette-dos-and-donts.php

** Broad advice.

The 6 W’s of thank-you notes

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/the-6-ws-of-thankyou-notes

** I still shake my head that there are people who don’t send these.

Don’t Let Your Job Define You

http://careersherpa.net/dont-let-job-define/

** It’s sad, but your employer will dump you in a cold second if it serves a purpose. You cannot – cannot! – afford to be loyal anymore. In this day and age of people being expendable assets, you need to protect yourself.

4 Ways You’re Being Too Aggressive in Your Job Search

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-ways-youre-being-too-aggressive-in-your-job-search

** Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re over the limit; some of these clearly are.

6 Ways Candidates Can Build Talent Pools for Their Professional Communities and Recruiters

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/3989/6-ways-candidates-can-build-talent-pools-for-their-professional-communities-and-recruiters

** One way to get attention is to be a connector.

References are Not an Afterthought

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/08/16/references-are-not-an-afterthought/

** That’s right. They’re a critical part of your search… don’t let the only time they hear from you be when you need a reference!

25 Ways to Breathe Life into a Painfully Long Job Search

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/long-job-search-tips/

** Useful tips.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

Avoid These Hiring Mistakes! [SLIDES]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/avoid-hiring-mistakes-slides/

** Slideshow. Useful insights. And a couple of points “pop up” in several different slides.

Why You Should Hire For Personality, Not Just Experience

http://www.careerealism.com/hire-personality-not-experience/

** Remember, it’s not just about your ability, but your “fit”.

The 8 interview questions you need to start asking

http://blog.seed.jobs/2014/11/interview-questions-you-need-to-start-asking/

** Be prepared for these questions – they’re pretty good. Just be careful of #7; it smacks of:

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/

9 Red Flags You Can Spot on Bad Resumes

http://business.salary.com/9-red-flags-bad-resumes/

** What can get you weeded-out a priori? Very-much related:

How to See Through Misleading Resumes

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/see-through-misleading-resumes/

** An interesting and possibly inadvertent revealing tidbit is this: “But what happens a [candidate doesn’t match the marketing on the resume?] … I’ll tell you what happens – the employee gets fired, and the repercussions land on your lap.” And there, right there, is the reason why – IMHO – hiring managers are so skittish.

4 components employers are looking for in job candidates.

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/01/14/4-components-employers-are-looking-for-in-job-candidates/

** Insightful.

Top 10 Tips for Hiring the Right Employee

http://humanresources.about.com/od/recruiting/tp/recruiting_employee.htm

** What are they reading?

Best Interview Questions to Ask Applicants

http://humanresources.about.com/od/interview-questions/a/best-interview-questions-to-ask.htm

** Anticipate.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

Should You Mention Your Salary Expectations In The Interview?

http://www.kennedyexecutive.com/should-you-mention-your-salary-expectations-in-the-interview/

** Good points. My personal belief: no.

A Fail-Safe Guide to Salary Negotiation [SLIDES]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/guide-to-salary-negotiation/

** Not bad; not as much new here as I’d thought though.

How to Negotiate Your Next Salary – Ask #HR Bartender

http://www.hrbartender.com/2015/recruiting/negotiate-next-salary-ask-hr-bartender/

** Interview w/ some good info.

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – – – January 9, 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 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!)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

MY LATEST TWO ESSAYS

In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m going to start 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.

Resume Ruminations

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/resume-ruminations/

** I’ve seen a lot of pieces of advice on resumes: e.g., general formatting, key words, and so on, and I’ve got a RESUME section, below, too. But here are some tidbits I think are relevant, but haven’t seen most of them elsewhere.

Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir

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

** The treatment of candidates by the majority of companies is a sore point, not only with me but with many others. What’s interesting to me is that this treatment is now getting some serious attention with multiple recruiting industry people writing about it. Here I collect and quote from several articles, and then opine at the end.

=====

A COLLECTION OF JOB-SEARCH TWITTER ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

 

40 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Job Search 2015

http://careersherpa.net/40-must-follow-twitter-accounts-for-job-search-2015/

** And links to the lists from 2013 and 2014. That’s a lot of people to follow!

 

=====

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Stop Doing This One Thing in Email Introductions to Busy People

http://www.inc.com/michael-simmons/stop-doing-this-one-thing-in-email-introductions-to-busy-people.html

** Excellent thoughts when introducing one person to another.

How to Succeed in a New Industry

http://playbook.amanet.org/succeed-new-industry/

** With a lot of people – myself included – looking to change industries, this is very important.

The Hidden Reason You Aren’t Selected for an Interview

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/the-hidden-reason-you-arent-selected-for-an-interview-2/

** Important information.

You need an “Elevator Pitch” to interview effectively and get that great new job

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-need-elevator-pitch-interview-effectively-get-great-jack-kelly

** Part of the interview, certainly, but an essential part of networking or “informational meetings”.

11 Scary Job Search Stories That Will Make You Cringe

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/scary-job-search-stories/

** You think your interview went badly? On the lighter-but-darker side. *shudder*

Why Job Boards Won’t Work For You

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-job-boards-wont-work-you-louise-kursmark

** On a statistical basis, job boards are near-worthless.

How Are You Different?

http://thesalesblog.com/blog/2015/01/06/how-are-you-different/

** Exactly. How can you stand out? And somewhat related to this:

2015 Job Hunt: 4 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7647-tips-for-getting-hired.html

** Some ideas for how to do it. And more on this:

How To Answer “What Sets You Apart From Other Candidates?”

http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/blog/interview-advice-2/answer-sets-apart-candidates/

** Broad overview article.

How to Tell a Story People Will Remember

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/successful-you-must-memorable-bruce-kasanoff

** Very useful; people respond to stories much, much more than dry facts – even if the facts themselves are impressive.

Tips to Explain Why You Were Fired

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5682&newsletter_id=1369&archive=1#axzz3OL5BUVPe

** A must-read.

 

=====

 

SITES WITH A BUNCH OF ARTICLES

 

Blue Sky Resumes

http://blueskyresumes.com/blog/

** Collection of articles on job searching.

Career Advice from Resume Target

http://www.resumetarget.com/blog/

** Ditto.

Things Career Related

http://thingscareerrelated.com/

** And some other links to other sites on the right.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Over 50? 10 Reasons Why Employers Will Want to Hire YOU!

http://feistysideoffifty.com/2013/02/12/over-50-10-reasons-why-employers-will-want-to-hire-you/

** Stuff you can leverage! Another from the same site:

Your Post-50 Job Search: Use Your Age to Your Advantage!

http://feistysideoffifty.com/2013/10/15/your-post-50-job-search-use-your-age-to-your-advantage/

** Short video.

Is this what you are up against?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/is-this-what-you-are-up-against.html

** Video. And some good thoughts to use in a presentation. Including diversity.

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

Networking: A Three-Step Approach to the Hidden Executive Job Market

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/networking-hidden-executive-job-market.aspx

** Relationships, relationships, relationships.

Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room

http://www.fastcompany.com/1843752/hate-small-talk-these-5-questions-will-help-you-work-any-room

** Useful, especially if you’re not good at it. Related:

Shy? These small talk tips will help you network in 2015

http://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/07/shy-these-small-talk-tips-will-help-you-network-in-2015/

** Ditto.

8 Creative Ways To Grow Your Job Search Network

http://jobs.siliconindia.com/career-news/8-Creative-Ways-To-Grow-Your-Job-Search-Network-nid-176845.html

** Some basics, some exotic.

Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs

http://www.jasonnazar.com/2010/06/29/networking-tips-for-entrepreneurs/

** Not just for entrepreneurs!

How to introduce someone

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140804150132-54266575-how-to-introduce-someone

** A huge part of networking is connecting people who could benefit from the introduction.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

Is Your Resume Holding You Back?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/resume-holding-back/

** An argument for cover letters.

4 Goals Your Cover Letter Introduction Should Accomplish

http://www.careerealism.com/cover-letter-introduction-goals/

** Amen!

Writing a cover letter – what to include and mistakes to avoid

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/24/writing-a-cover-letter-what-to-include-and-mistakes-to-avoid/

** Good stuff.

Writing for Success: Learn How to Prepare an Ideal Cover Letter

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

** I don’t know that there is one perfect format.

Out With The Old, In With A New… Cover Letter!

http://www.net-temps.com/careerdev/crossroads/index.htm?op=view&id=5681&newsletter_id=1369&archive=1#ixzz3OL7WnB9C

** An interesting approach.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

13 Resume Tips to Get You Noticed

http://blueskyresumes.com/blog/13-resume-tips/

** Cool.

Fire Up Your Resume with Dragon-Slaying Stories!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fire-up-your-resume-dragon-slaying-stories-liz-ryan

** At issue is space – like the idea of testimonials (assuming you can get anyone to cooperate with those).

How To Write a Resume For The Senior Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/resume-senior-professional/

** With ideas for all regardless of seniority.

How to Choose the Perfect Keywords for Your Resume

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/07/how-to-choose-the-perfect-keywords-for-your-resume/

** At least as far as the ATS portal goes.

Seven Tips for C-Level Resumes

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/seven-tips-for-c-level-resumes.aspx

** Remember, it’s a marketing document, not an exhastive enumeration of what you’ve done.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

I Have a Job Interview, Now What?

http://careeralley.com/interviews/job-interview-now/

** Basics.

Attention Millennials: How to Excel at the Dying Art of Phone Conversations (Infographic)

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241287

** I have literally watched two people in their 20’s talking at the same table via text. Insane.

Your Interview Begins Earlier Than You May Think

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/your-interview-begins-earlier-than-you-may-think/

** And when you’re going there, be in “interview mode” when you get in the car. That person who cut you off a mile from the company, and who you flip off, might be the hiring manager. Same for when you’re on the way home.

Job-seekers: Dealing with Incompetent Interviewers

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130515222938-15454-job-seeker-s-counterattack-handling-the-weak-interviewer

** And a lot of interviewers have not been trained.

How to Sound Credible at Interviews

https://www.recruiter.com/i/how-to-sound-credible-at-interviews/

** There needs to be a balance between “I” and “We”. Too much of the former and you sound like an egomaniac; too much of the latter and you sound like you didn’t do anything on your own. Of course, where that balance is – is a mystery.

How to answer the interview question ‘What attracted you to this role?’.

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/11/04/answer-interview-question-attracted-role/

** Do your research… this is a major suck-up-to-the-company opportunity.

The Tough Interview Question: Why Did It Take You So Long to Find Employment?

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/handling-difficult-interview-question/

** An important question that you need to know how to answer.

5 Ways to Bomb an Interview!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-ways-bomb-interview-michael-devlin

** Facepalm-inducing. And related:

The Worst Job Interview Mistakes of All Time (So You Can Avoid Them)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-worst-job-interview-mistakes-of-all-time-so-you-can-avoid-them

** Slideshow.

5 Signs Your Interview Didn’t Go Well

http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/blog/interview-advice-2/5-signs-interview-didnt-go-well/

** Classic signs.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

How To Stand Out On LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140330200601-13027962-how-to-stand-out-on-linkedin

** Recruiters search LinkedIn all the time. It’s important to be visible and findable.

Step 1: Creating a presence on LinkedIn for your job search

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/step-1-creating-presence-linkedin-your-job-search-bob

** And you have to be on LinkedIn!

Getting More Eyes On Your Profile

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/getting-more-eyes-your-profile-carol-kaemmerer

** Eyes on your profile is a big thing.

5 Reasons Why Your Social Network Isn’t Working

http://www.careerealism.com/5-reasons-social-network-isnt-working/

** Good thoughts.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

3 Things You Must Do on Your Job Search

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/3-job-search-musts/

** Definitely don’t just be a lump on the couch!

For Job Seekers: How to Make a Well-Designed Business Card

http://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/job-search-advice/for-job-seekers-how-to-make-a-well-designed-business-card.php

** Have to have cards; give them some thought.

The 6 lessons to learn from the school of the job search…

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2015/01/04/the-6-lessons-to-learn-from-the-school-of-the-job-search/

** Prepare the foundation before building.

It’s 2015: Do You Know the 5 NEW Job Search Basics?

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2015/01/05/its-2015-do-you-know-the-5-new-job-search-basics/

** Good thoughts.

After the Job Interview, What’s Taking So Long?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/after-the-job-interview-w_b_6431100.html

** I both agree and disagree. I understand they won’t call you in a week. If it takes more than a month or two for them to decide… that’s an indication to me that they’re not really serious.

Sample Job Interview Thank You to an External Recruiter

http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/sample-interview-thank-recruiter.shtml

** Even recruiters need a “Thank you”.

How to Write a Check-In Message Without the Dreaded “Just Checking In … ”

http://blog.hubspot.com/sales/how-to-write-check-in-message-without-just-checking-in

** This is useful! I don’t know how many “Just touching base…” emails I’ve written.

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/

** Consistency.

Make Job Seeking Effective With 10 Proven Tips

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/10-effective-job-seeking-tips/

** Be active!

10 Reasons You Didn’t Get A Callback For The Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/interview-didnt-get-callback/

** Agree with some, disagree with others… but one thing that irks me is the attitude (perhaps unintentional) that all this is your fault.

10 Essential Qualities That All Employers Look For In Their Potential Employees

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/4956/10-essential-qualities-that-all-employers-look-for-in-their-potential-employees

** All correct. But are the expectations too high?

What If Your Ex-Employer Has A No-Reference Policy?

http://recareered.com/blog/2012/01/30/what-if-your-ex-employer-has-a-no-reference-policy/

** And… co-workers, internal and external customers, vendors you’ve worked with at length.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

I am your Interviewer, and I’ll be judging you today

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-am-your-interviewer-ill-judging-you-today-stephen-o-donnell-firp

** Who is interviewing you? A unique perspective.

Fix These 4 Timeworn Job Interview Questions

http://www.talentculture.com/talent-management/fix-these-4-timeworn-job-interview-questions/

** How could these old standbys be reworded?

Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

http://www.jasonnazar.com/2011/12/06/questions-to-ask-in-a-job-interview/

** What might they be asking? Videos.

Applying for jobs without any luck

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/applying-for-jobs-without-any-luck

** While I agree with the sentiment – getting your resume reviewed, applying for “good fit” positions… but somehow I felt like I was being talked down to by the commenters in the video.

Interviewing Star Candidates

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interviewing-star-candidates-sally-stetson

** Don’t forget the need to translate what you’ve done into them thinking what you could do for them!

How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-turn-yourself-into-winning-job.html

** Thanks to Neil Patrick of 40pluscareerguru for republishing my essay.

5 Steps to Hiring the Right Employee

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/steps-hiring-right-employee/

** What’s their process?

Recruiters: What’s Your Behavioral Interviewing Strategy?

http://www.talentculture.com/talent-management/recruiters-whats-your-behavioral-interviewing-strategy/

** Useful insights into their tactics.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Asking For A Raise

http://careersherpa.net/woulda-coulda-shoulda-asking-raise/

** If you don’t ask, you won’t get.

The 10 Commandments of Salary Negotiation

http://time.com/money/3656185/10-commandments-of-salary-negotiation/

** It’s still a black art, and it strongly depends on the economy and your level of differentiation.

Surprise! Millennials Aren’t Asking For Raises (But Should Be)

http://www.payscale.com/salary-negotiation-guide/negotiation-tips-for-millennials

** Everyone should be.

 

 

 

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – – – January 3, 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 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 tweet one of the links here specifically, please include me in your tweet (i.e., via @davidhuntpe) – and consider following me: @davidhuntpe

Please mention my blog to others if you like what you see: https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com

(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!)

Thanks!

David Hunt, PE

*****

MY LATEST TWO ESSAYS

In shameless self-promotion mode, I’m going to start 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.

Resume Ruminations

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/resume-ruminations/

** I’ve seen a lot of pieces of advice on resumes: e.g., general formatting, key words, and so on, and I’ve got a RESUME section, below, too. But here are some tidbits I think are relevant, but haven’t seen most of them elsewhere.

Peeing in the Candidate Reservoir

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

** The treatment of candidates by the majority of companies is a sore point, not only with me but with many others. What’s interesting to me is that this treatment is now getting some serious attention with multiple recruiting industry people writing about it. Here I collect and quote from several articles, and then opine at the end.

 

=====

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

5 Good Reasons to Schedule Informational Interviews

http://www.jobjenny.com/the-blog/2014/12/28/5-good-reasons-to-schedule-informational-interviews

** But don’t call them “informational interviews”; interview is such a loaded term it can scare otherwise-willing contacts. I prefer the term “networking/informational conversation“.

How to Market Yourself for Opportunities That Feel Like a Stretch

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/04/04/how-to-market-yourself-for-a-long-shot-opportunity

** Transferrable skills, baby!

Don’t make this major job search mistake

http://www.keppiecareers.com/job-search-mistake/

** The short version: don’t do anything job-search related from work using an employer’s resources. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

10 Follow Up Steps After The Interview: Strategies To Help You Get The Offer

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/10-follow-up-steps-after-the-interview-strategies-to-help-you-get-the-offer.aspx

** Excellent.

Why You Should Reach Out and Touch Someone

http://www.amanet.org/training/articles/Why-You-Should-Reach-Out-and-Touch-Someone.aspx

** An important psychological tidbit… but potentially a bit creepy in a job search setting.

6 Steps To Asking For A Reference

http://www.careerealism.com/asking-for-reference-steps/

** And don’t let the only time they hear from you be when you need them.

How To Get People To Like You: 7 Ways From An FBI Behavior Expert

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2014/10/how-to-get-people-to-like-you/

** Now this is really interesting! The book mentioned is:

It’s Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone

** I think I need this book; note that a little of the advice in this article contradicts another book I’ve read and recommend:

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

What Every Job-Seeker Needs to Know About Selling

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-every-job-seeker-needs-know-selling-liz-ryan

** Looking for work? You are in marketing and sales, regardless of the position you actually seek.

10 Most Influential Languages In The World – Which Languages Will Make You Most Employable?

http://thecareercafe.co.uk/blog/?p=3637

** Not as easy as it sounds, but doubtless kudos for the effort. And FYI, while I do not claim to be a linguistic expert, but… for native English speakers, a few observations from my own experience. 1) I took Japanese for a year; the hardest part was the fact that the grammar structure is totally alien, as are the multiple layers of politeness. The lack of spaces in the written language can be a parsing issue. 2) Russian: I’ve picked up a little; at issue is pronunciation – a lot of consonants in a row (took me two years to say “Zdravstvoitie” – hello – correctly, and I only recently mastered “gruibuie” – mushroom). 3) Chinese (Mandarin): Very sensitive to inflection/intonation. 4) Hebrew, which I need to get going on for my children’s sake, has sounds an English-only tongue isn’t accustomed to. The lack of vowels in adult-level print is also a barrier.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

How to Look For a Job If It’s Been 10+ Years Since You’ve Had To

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/05/18/how-to-look-for-a-job-if-its-been-10-years-since-youve-had-to/

** It’s a whole new world.

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

http://info.theladders.com/career-advice/outdated-resume-mistakes

** General, but good.

Choosing the right candidate for the job ?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140719202418-161616976-choosing-the-right-candidate-for-the-job

** OK, applies to everyone, but in particular – how can you, as a “seasoned” person, leverage this?

The Best Advice For A Career Change

http://www.careerealism.com/career-change-best-advice/

** Important if you’re looking at a change.

Futurists Insights Series – Janine Truitt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc0iWTTTU_Y

** Video. Leverage your years of perspective to anticipate what’s coming – and get in front of the pack.

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

The Top 8 Networking Boo-Boos

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/06/28/the-top-8-networking-boo-boos

** All good. I’d add “#9: Give value back.”

How to Handle Job Networking

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/09/16/handle-job-networking/

** Proactively help people; the time to dig your well is not when you’re thirsty.

The Power of a Referral

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2013/11/the-power-of-referral.html

** Referrals work because the person doing the referring understands their reputation is being put on the line… as does the person receiving it. Thus, they take care to refer people whom they know and believe are a good match.

Follow The 80/20 Rule To Not Be An Annoying Networker

http://www.fastcompany.com/3038052/follow-the-80-20-rule-to-not-be-an-annoying-networker

** Quote: “In a nutshell: At any given networking event, spend 80% of your conversations focusing on whomever you’re talking to—and only 20% on self-promotion.” Yup.

Networking Basics: 8 Tips to Networking Without Being Fake (video)

http://marshawright.com/networking-basics-8-tips-to-networking-without-being-fake-video/

** Seven minute video; entertaining and good coverage. (Note, a possibly NSFW word or so, depending on how easily you or others around you take offense.)

Holiday Networking: Business Parties

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/motivation/holiday-networking-business-parties/

** Applies anytime, actually.

3 Questions To Building Effective Relationships

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4927/3-questions-to-building-effective-relationships

** Good questions to examine what you do.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

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

** Heh. Clever.

Are Cover Letters a Waste of Time?

http://www.job-hunt.org/resumes/cover-letters-waste-time.shtml

** No. Especially if you’re writing to a person.

How to Differentiate Your Cover Letter from Your Resume

http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/differentiate-your-cover-letter-resume/

** I say it again – a cover letter’s goal is to entice someone to read your resume.

3 Cover Letter Tips That Guarantee an Interview

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/07/25/3-cover-letter-tips-that-guarantee-an-interview

** Enticement to read further.

Infographic: Cover Letter Must-Haves

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4810/infographic-cover-letter-must-haves

** Definitely, don’t be generic.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

How to Manage Résumé Challenges

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/cover-letter-resumes/how-to-manage-resume-challenges/

** IMHO the best way to deal with “elephants in the room” is to proactively address them. This way you control when it comes up, and by giving 80% of the information, you may satisfy the question without being in a digging-your-own-grave-explaining scenario.

Capture Employer Interest: Make Your Tech Skills “POP” on Your Resume

http://www.job-hunt.org/IT-job-search/effective-IT-skills-resume.shtml

** Good, but a lot of this requires that you get your resume to a person.

How to Create and Use an Infographic Resume

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/how-to-create-and-use-an-infographic-resume/

** Intriguing, but seems a little gimmicky IMHO.

7 Strategies To Get More Recruiters To Read Your Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/recruiters-read-resume-strategies/

** Basics.

5 Things People Reading Your Resume Wish You Knew

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-things-people-reading-your-resume-wish-you-knew-1

** I disagree with one thing: if you network well, you’re getting to the hiring manager without passing through HR. But in general, yes, HR is the gatekeeper.

Top Thing Most People Forget To Include On Their Resume

http://www.careerealism.com/forget-include-resume/

** Hey, sounds familiar!

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

4 Consequences of Lying in a Job Interview

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/12/01/4-consequences-of-lying-in-a-job-interview

** Plus, you have to remember what you lied about, to whom you lied, and so on. IMHO, not worth it.

Don’t Ask These Questions During An Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/interview-questions-dont-ask/

** The First Rule: Don’t screw up.

Dress For Interview Success

http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/16/job-interview-fashion-forbes-woman-style-meetings-10-mistakes.html

** While corporate cultures vary, IMHO it’s better to be overdressed and, for example, take off your tie and jacket, than the other way. And dressing up shows respect. My essay on dressing up:

Fit to be Tied

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/fit-to-be-tied/

Given the achievements on your resume, why is your salary so low? (Job interview question)

http://www.lioncubjobsearch.com/2014/05/given-achievements-on-your-resume-why.html

** Interesting question; and some thoughts on why they’re asking. Another question that I’ve never been asked, but is one for which you should prepare:

What seems least attractive about this position?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141013032227-10326243–what-seems-least-attractive-about-this-position

** I’ve certainly been asked “What attracts you about this job?”. This is an interesting twist.

How does hostage negotiation get people to change their minds?

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/06/hostage-negotiation/

** Some of these could, doubtless, be very useful in an interview!

What do you do in your spare time?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141029021351-10326243-what-do-you-do-in-your-spare-time

** Same thing as always. Plan how to take over the world. 😉

Job Interview Infographics

http://www.pinterest.com/tfsullivan/job-interview-infographics/

** Lots of info here.

What’s Your ONE Word?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4844/whats-your-one-word

** This sounds like yet another “gimmick” question.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

How To Develop A Strong Network On LinkedIn

http://www.careerealism.com/develop-strong-network-linkedin/

** A smaller, but stronger, network is better. Something I need to work on too.

5 Tips on Using Social Media to Build Your Personal Brand

http://socialrocketmedia.com/5-tips-on-using-social-media-to-build-your-personal-brand/

** I find the last point interesting. Specifically, show your personality but you dare not offend anyone. In other words, welcome to the “New Puritanism”. A related one:

15 Social Media Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Career

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6758-social-media-mistakes.html

** So have a profile, but not too much. You can be forgiven, but only for an unspecified finite number of offenses. I’m not advocating being outrageous, but to stay on the “right side of the line” people will be overly-cautious… destroying the utility of SM as a way to investigate personalities. Just as I had foreseen:

Social Media Vetting: Proposed Standards (Long)

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

10 Writing Tips for Great Social Media Posts

http://socialmouths.com/blog/2014/10/14/10-writing-tips-great-social-media-posts/

** Interesting. Though if too long people can get tired as you build to the point.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

Fixing These Mistakes Tripled My Phone Interview Success Rate

http://www.careerealism.com/phone-interview-success-rate-mistakes/

** I definitely endorse the idea of waiting for a heartbeat or two to be sure the other person has stopped speaking. Without visual cues, it’s hard to be sure they’re really stopped or taking a breath.

9 Ways To Make The Wrong Impression On Your First Day

http://www.careerealism.com/wrong-impression-first-day/

** Important once you land.

Being ‘Pleasantly Persistent’!

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2009/05/being-pleasantly-persistent.html

** There’s a fine, fine line between persistent and pest.

8 Survival Tips For The Laid Off And Looking

http://www.careerealism.com/laid-off-survival-tips/

** Good basics.

7 Places You Should Be Looking for Work (That Aren’t Job Boards)

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/31/7-places-you-havent-looked-for-a-job-but-should/

** Following companies can be a good idea.

DO NOT WRITE that Thank You Note

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-write-thank-you-note-erin-l-albert-mba-pharmd-jd

** Differentiate yourself. Gratitude and added value.

10 Twitter Accounts Every Job Seeker Should Follow

http://linkis.com/com/7oW52

** Interestingly, I already follow most of them!

People think sleeping with your boss can boost your career…but it’s still a really bad idea

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/people-think-sleeping-with-your-boss.html

** I saw an infographic that – among many other things – talked about candidates sleeping with the hiring managers; IIRC I posted a link to it too in a prior aggregate. Never, ever a good idea! What was interesting to me, though, was that the percentage of those being asked for (ahem) “favors” by the hiring manager was about the same as the percentage of candidates who admitted doing so.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

When Applicants Warp Your Bell Curve

https://www.recruiter.com/i/when-applicants-warp-your-bell-curve/

** Can you reverse engineer some of what’s here to help you if the company where you’re applying uses these tests?

A manager’s toughest decision: Which candidate makes the best hire?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/managers-toughest-decision-which-candidate-makes-best-martin-yate-cpc

** What’s going through their mind?

The Art of Interviewing and How to Avoid Interview Seduction

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interview-art-avoid-seduction/

** Insights into the other side’s play book.

How Do Employers Find Their Ideal Candidate?

http://www.careerealism.com/how-employers-find-candidate/

** What are they thinking?

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

The Exact Words to Use When Negotiating Salary

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/02/21/the-exact-words-to-use-when-negotiating-salary

** Interesting, but I’m not quite sure it’s that simple. But that’s MHO. Playing “strong and silent” does sound intriguing.

Negotiating Salary From the Employer’s Point of View

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/negotiating-salary-from-the-employers-point-of-view/

** How can you use these insights when it’s time for you to talk turkey?

Do You Know How to Negotiate for Your Compensation?

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/do-you-know-how-to-negotiate-for-your-compensation

** No matter how many of these I see, it’s still a black art.

How to answer the question ‘What’s Your Salary Requirement?

https://exploreb2b.com/articles/how-to-answer-the-question-whats-your-salary-requirement

** In this market, you can’t get away with being too evasive. I remember in a video-taped interview exercise, one of the people in the group refused to give an answer. As an observer waiting for my turn, her absolute refusal to name any kind of number was off-putting. In this economy, with employers looking for reasons to rule you out, can you afford to dance this dance?

 

Job Search Article Aggregate – – – December 30, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May it be wonderful, great, and prosperous for you.

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 is aggregate these into my on-going series of “Article Aggregate” posts.

If you tweet one of the links here, please include me in your tweet – and consider following me:

@davidhuntpe

Please mention my blog to others if you like what you see:

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com

(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. Or, if you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support.)

Thanks!

Note: About Me and the kind of places I’m looking for work.

*****

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

3 Non-Awful Ways to Promote Yourself as an Introvert

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-nonawful-ways-to-promote-yourself-as-an-introvert

** Some interesting thoughts if you are not a social butterly.

How To Finish Strong in Your Job Search

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/how-to-finish-strong-in-your-job-search/

** Never give up. Related:

7 Habits of Highly Successful Job Landers

http://chameleonresumes.com/2013/12/11/7-habits-highly-successful-job-seekers/

** Up your game.

Why You Should Never Cross Your Arms Again

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-you-should-never-cross-your-arms-2014-6

** Body language is important but IMHO you can over-think it. More: If you are getting “overqualified” a lot, do you really want to be doing power poses to challenge people? Related:

Hand Gestures Say A Lot About Your Intelligence

http://www.businessinsider.com/hand-gestures-reveal-complex-thoughts-2013-6

** A lot is cultural too. And also related:

Smiling May Cost You the Job

http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2014/12/smiling-may-cost-you-the-job

** Interesting… but, again, you can overanalyze it. Brush your teeth, look at yourself in the mirror. Maybe even bring a mini-bottle of mouthwash and, in the lobby restroom use it (and discretely toss it in the trash).

Your Elevator Speech: Keep It Simple Silly

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2010/10/your-elevator-speech-keep-it-simple.html

** An elevator speech is nothing more than a way to entice someone to talk with you.

HIRE ME! 7 Tips For Getting A Job After College

http://www.careerealism.com/getting-job-after-college-hire-me/

** Solid advice for those starting out.

What Makes You Special?

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/what-makes-you-special.shtml

** Differentiation. And related:

Would You Pay $1000 For A Basket Of Apples?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/would-you-pay-1000-basket-apples-j-t-o-donnell

** What value can you provide? What pains can you, and only you, fix?

 

=====

 

COLLECTED ADVICE COLUMNS BY ALISON DOYLE

 

48 Articles in: Job Search Basics

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/findajob/

Job Applications

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobapplications/

8 Subcategories in Cover Letter Writing Tips (with Examples)

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletters/

Salary & Benefits

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/salaryinformatio1/

** And more there too – worth browsing / poking around.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

What are transferable job skills?

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/11/12/what-are-transferable-job-skills/

** Important; how can you abstract out what you’ve done to be applicable – and recognizable – to those outside your “comfort zone” industries? Related:

5 Key Rules For Career Changers

http://www.careerealism.com/key-rules-career-changers/

** Ultimately, it’s about getting people to realize you have a capacity beyond what you’ve done.

Reinvention Success Story: Singer to Consultant

http://www.job-hunt.org/career-change/singer-career-change.shtml

** Interview; experiences of a person making a career change. Related to transitions:

How to Triumph Over Transition. This is the Beginning of Your Great Story!

http://chameleonresumes.com/2012/03/19/how-to-triumph-over-transition-this-is-the-beginning-of-your-great-story/

** The key is to do something. Don’t be a lump on the couch.

The Difference between Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141112122448-3299358-the-difference-between-knowledge-skills-and-abilities

** Can you leverage this distinction in a discussion?

What are YOUR career prospects after 40?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-are-your-career-prospects-after-40.html

** Quote: “All of this leads me back to one of my core mantras, which is that once we get past 40, we are taking an extreme risk with our lives if we assume that we can just carry on working in the same careers that we engaged in during our twenties and thirties.” Which is a sad thing to recognize. Welcome to “Generation Ice Flow”

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

5 Good Ways NOT to Network

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/5-good-ways-not-network/

** Useful. And at the end – it’s what you give to others that determines, in large part, how much you get.

4 Things Networking Can Help You Do (Besides Get a Job)

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-things-networking-can-help-you-do-besides-get-a-job

** Endorse all of these.

The Point of Networking – Connections to Conversions

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-networking/the-point-of-networking.shtml

** It’s about building relationships, not finding jobs (per se).

Never Forget Someone’s Name Again With This Memory Trick

http://www.fastcompany.com/3030862/work-smart/never-forget-someones-name-again-with-this-memory-trick

** Names are critical. And if it’s a name that’s difficult to pronounce, odds are you’re not the first person to have problems.

Why Insiders Get Hired — And You Don’t

http://asktheheadhunter.com/gv031105.htm

** Quote: “Given a choice, managers still tend to hire candidates referred to them by people they know and trust.” That’s because, in the course of making a referral from one person to another, the person doing the referring understands they are putting their own reputation on the line… and thus exercises careful judgment in doing so. (Which begs the question: Given this understanding of the strength of the personal referral, why are so many companies pushing to remove it from the field by insisting candidates can only come in through the ATS – and no other way?)

3 Ways to Break the Ice at Holiday Networking Events

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/12/08/3-ways-break-ice-holiday-networking-events/

** And in general too.

The Science Of Politely Ending A Conversation

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3038950/evidence/the-science-of-politely-ending-a-conversation

** Sometimes you get into a conversation and the other person is relentless in chewing your ear off. (I’m guilty of that at times; it’s a bad habit and I am far more aware of it now.)

Top 10 Myths of Networking: De-Bunked!

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-new-grads/networking-myths.shtml

** It’s about building and maintaining relationships.

4 Tips for Networking with Someone for the First Time

http://www.newyork.com/articles/jobs/4-tips-for-networking-with-someone-for-the-first-time-89394/

** The dating analogy (minus the romantic aspects, as she says) is very apt. It is an investment in an ongoing relationship.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

The Perfect Cover Letter Template to Show Off Your Skills

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-perfect-cover-letter-template-to-show-off-your-skills

** I don’t believe there is a perfect template. But this definitely is useful for guidance.

5 Most Ridiculous Cover Letters

http://blog.aha.io/index.php/ridiculous-cover-letters-examples/

** Facepalm-inducing. But cathartic in a dark humor kind of way.

How to Write a Cover Letter or Cover Email

http://susanireland.com/letter/how-to/

** Some good stuff here.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

What’s a Resume For?

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2013/02/whats-resume-for.html

** A resume gets you an interview. That’s its only role IMHO.

3 Tips To Get Your Resume In The ‘Yes’ Pile

http://www.careerealism.com/resume-yes-pile/

** What really concerns me is the enormous emphasis on reverse engineering the ATS filters. This needs to be a human process.

Will your resume pass an ATS scan?

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4726/will-your-resume-pass-an-ats-scan

** You need multiple versions. At issue is “reverse engineering” what will go through the ATS. I have a gut feeling that as candidates get better at this, the filtering system will get changed – making it an ongoing arms race to figure out how to penetrate the defenses.

Rev Up Your Resume for 2015!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/rev-up-your-resume-2015-liz-ryan

** I feel a column coming on.

How to Make Your Resume Pass the 10-Second Test

http://www.newyork.com/articles/jobs/how-to-make-your-resume-pass-the-10-second-test-41105/

** Make it easy for them to read! Remember, it’s a marketing document, nothing more. Format is as important as content.

Personal Interests to List on Your Resume that Get People’s Attention

http://www.newyork.com/articles/jobs/personal-interests-to-list-on-your-resume-that-get-peoples-attention-79417/

** Mixed feelings about this. But if an interest can be shown to have a transferrable skill to the job… I say go for it.

Does a Short Term Job Belong on Your Resume?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-short-term-job-belong-your-resume-lisa

** I believe honesty is the best policy here. If you leave something off your resume, but it gets found out, it will raise more questions than if you do include it and answer questions proactively.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

Keeping Up Appearances in Interviews

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/keeping-up-appearances-in-interviews/

** There is a look bias. Alas. One technique I’ve read about and use is that if you have something “unusual” about you (in my case, wearing a yarmulke), tell the person before you meet. That gives the person time to get over whatever emotional shock and negative reaction they might have – at your weight, tattoos, etc. – and re-engage their rational mind by the time they actually meet you. I don’t know if it works, but it makes sense to me.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Interviewing

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/five-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-start-interviewing.aspx

** Some good thoughts for consideration.

How To Prepare Yourself For The Offbeat Interview Question

http://www.pure-jobs.com/blog/entry/1148-how-to-prepare-yourself-for-the-offbeat-interview-question

** I can understand using these sparingly in an interview; a couple of interviews I’ve had seem to have had an excess of these.

6 Ways to Update Your Executive Interview Skills

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/executive-interview-skills.aspx

** Applies at every level, actually.

Job Interview Question: How Would You Describe Yourself?

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/topinterviewanswers/qt/describe-yourself.htm

** Very similar to “Tell me about yourself.”

10 Job Interview Tips From A CEO Headhunter

http://www.fastcompany.com/1839723/10-job-interview-tips-ceo-headhunter

** Prepare, prepare, prepare.

How to Establish an Advantage in Job Interviews

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-new-grads/job-interview-advantage.shtml

** Again, differentiation.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

(GYSS #21): Jenny Foss – Create A Stellar Personal Brand Both Online and Offline and the Key Great Introductions When Networking       

http://genysuccess.com/2014/12/26/jenny-foss/

** 40+ minute voice interview.

Professional authenticity: Can you be too authentic online?

http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/09/professional-authenticity-can-you-be-too-authentic-online/

** Some self-censorship is necessary. At the same time, do you really want to work for a company where the people get the vapors and need smelling salts over, say, a picture of you holding a beer at a party? Related:

The Impact of Social Media on Recruiters and Your Next Employer

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/social-media-impact.shtml

** Ditto my previous comment. Compare and contrast: holding a beer vs. doing a funnel; bikini shot at a beach vs. topless selfie; a serious and thoughtful letter to the editor vs. a raving-and-profanity-laced facebook rant about <something>.

STFU: The Coming Age of Self Censorship

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stfu-coming-age-self-censorship-dave-pell

** I commented. And a quote from my first essay on SM and candidate-vetting:

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

15 Smoking Hot Ways to Use LinkedIn for Job Search

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/20-smoking-hot-ways-use-linkedin-job-search/

** LinkedIn is an amazing tool for networking and job searching. If you’re not on LI, you need to be.

Are we being judged for the company we keep?

http://www.winningimpression.com/are-we-being-judged-by-the-company-we-keep/

** She asks if we’re going too far with this. MHO – a resounding YES.

The Definitive Social Media To-Do List For Job Seekers

http://www.careerealism.com/social-media-to-do-list-job-seekers/

** How do you keep up with all of these??

How To Use Blogging To Attract Job Offers

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/blogging-for-job-offers/

** Jacob actually sent this to me – thanks!

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

How You’re Pissing People Off Without Even Realizing It

http://blog.alexandralevit.com/wcw/2014/11/how-youre-pissing-people-off-without-even-realizing-it.html

** Alas, I’m guilty of some of these… I think we all are.

5 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Email Signature

http://www.fastcompany.com/3025208/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/5-common-mistakes-youre-making-with-your-email-signature

** Useful.

How To Write A Thank-You Note That Gets You The Job

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-great-thank-you-notes-2014-6

** As I’ve said before, I am floored at how many people don’t write thank you notes.

3 Ways To Make Sure Your New Hire Is A Cultural Fit

http://www.businessinsider.com/3-ways-to-make-sure-your-new-hire-is-a-cultural-fit-2014-12

** And remember this needs to be a two-way investigation.

References: Are Written or Verbal Better?

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/08/25/references-are-written-or-verbal-better/

** Remember, most companies will only give “name, rank, and serial number”; in particular, many instruct managers to defer to HR to avoid potential lawsuits. Which, then, prompts a question: If you, as a potential employer, prohibit your line managers from giving references, why then do you insist that the references candidates give must be their managers?

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

What’s the Next Big Thing in Recruiting

http://www.hrbartender.com/2014/recruiting/whats-next-big-thing-recruiting/

 

** Insights about where and how recruiters will be looking for people.

How to Negotiate a Job Offer if You Are the Employer

http://www.wikihow.com/Negotiate-a-Job-Offer-if-You-Are-the-Employer

** What are they thinking when they decide it’s time to talk money?

Here’s Exactly What A Hiring Manager Scans For When Reviewing Resumes

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-recruiters-read-resumes-for-jobs-2014-10

** Video. I think a large part is determined by format too.

5 Things Job Candidates Obsess Over That Hiring Managers Don’t Care About

http://www.fastcompany.com/3039911/5-things-job-candidates-obsess-over-that-hiring-managers-dont-care-about

** Insights. And more:

How To Understand Your Interviewer’s Hidden Agenda

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-interview-questions-understanding-interviewers-hidden-agenda/

Here’s The Surprising Question One CEO Asks At The Start Of Every Job Interview

http://www.businessinsider.com/one-ceos-surprising-job-interview-question-2014-12

** Never been asked this, but I think it’s a good one!

15 Things I Look for When I Interview People

http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2008/05/19/15-things-i-look-for-when-i-interview-people/

** There’s a lot to keep track of here!

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

Choose Your Words Wisely to Win a Negotiation

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/nov/10-words-bind

** Some interesting insights into the negotiation process.

10 Tips to Use Psychology to Win Higher Salary Negotiation

http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/higher-salary-negotiation-infographic/

** Very good. Just remember, you may not be in a position to exercise #10: walking away.

When The Job Offer Comes In Low

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/12/08/when-the-job-offer-comes-in-low/

** Don’t recall if I already had this one, but it’s a good one and worthy of an (accidental) repeat.

Job Search Article Aggregate – – – December 26, 2014

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 is aggregate these into my on-going series of “Article Aggregate” posts.

If you tweet one of the links here, please include me in your tweet – and consider following me:

@davidhuntpe

Please mention my blog to others if you like what you see:

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com

(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. Or, if you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support.)

Thanks!

Note: About Me and the kind of places I’m looking for work.

 

*****

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

Employers Want To Screen You Out, Not In!

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/1597/employers-want-to-screen-you-out-not-in

** Actually, for companies where you email your resume to a person’s inbox, it’s even more brutal than that. First, if the subject of your email doesn’t catch their attention, they delete the email. Then, if your “cover letter” email text doesn’t do it, File-13ed. Then, and only then, will a person give your resume the standard 6-10 second skim.

5 Reasons to Hire Potential Over Experience

http://www.social-hire.com/social-recruiting-advice/4916/5-reasons-to-hire-potential-over-experience

** So, how can you use this if you’re trying to change industries or careers? Think “Job-search Judo”.

Top 10 Most Popular New JobMob Articles of 2014

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/top-jobmob-articles-2014/

** Gold mine!

Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know

http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/12/two-personal-qualities-more-vital-to-success-than-iq-that-most-people-dont-know.php

** How could you leverage these? And related:

What The Eyes Reveal: 10 Messages My Pupils are Sending You

http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/12/what-the-eyes-reveal-10-messages-my-pupils-are-sending-you.php

** Not that you can control these… but useful for reading interviewers.

What do hiring managers want?

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2010/02/what-do-hiring-managers-want.html

** You can do all these things, and still not get the offer.

Job Search Techniques: Managing Your References

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/jobs-search-techniques-managing-your-references.php

** A critical and on-going activity.

The 5-Minute Interview: 5 Tips for Maximizing Those Critical First Minutes

http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/5-minute-job-interview.shtml

** Minutes? You have 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

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Why nobody wants to hire experienced people

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-nobody-wants-hire-experienced-people-j%C3%B8rgen-winther

** Some interesting points. How can you use these in your own networking and interview conversations? One thought: Younger workers, per this article, have a reputation of “churning ideas” faster – so counter with “Never assume activity means progress.”

Climbing Job-Mountains

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climbing-job-mountains-simon-sprock

** This reminded me of more than a few instances where, in the course of a project, a snafu happened. Because of my experience, I was able to quickly pivot to identify, propose, and implement a solution. How can you use similar experiences to argue your case in an interview?

Over 50? Here’s How to Beat the ‘Old Timer’ Stereotype in Your Job Search

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/29/job-search-beat-old-timer-stereotype/

** At what point does the need to be “current” become a mania for “the new for the sake of the new”? Remember, old age and treachery will overcome youth and enthusiasm… because of wisdom and connections. Related:

Managing the Age Issue with Recruiters: Age as an Asset or a Liability

http://www.job-hunt.org/recruiters/managing-age-issue.shtml

** It’s all in how you present yourself. There is no thing that is solely an asset or a liability.

Older Job Seeker? Stop Making These Mistakes Immediately

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/older-job-search-mistakes/

** Useful. And from the same site:

40 Tips for Job Seekers Over 40

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/40-tips-for-job-seekers-over-40/

** Again, useful.

Too old to get hired?

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2010/03/too-old-to-get-hired.html

** Is it impossible to get a job when you’re older? No. But ageism is, IMHO, a huge factor.

Told You’re ‘Over-Qualified’? 5 Words To Change The Employer’s Mind

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/06/25/1-tip-when-told-you-re-over-qualified/

** Like, like, and mega-like. And think about preemptively changing the game:

The “O” Word 2

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

Embracing Organizational “Outsiders”

http://www.hrbartender.com/2014/recruiting/embracing-organizational-outsiders/

** Use this as an advantage in a discussion, whether networking or interview. Though, it does sound… familiar:

Avoiding risk in hiring means avoiding innovation

http://www.nhbr.com/June-28-2013/Avoiding-risk-in-hiring-means-avoiding-innovation/

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

4 ways to avoid a bad networking experience

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140306020132-7069348-4-ways-to-avoid-a-bad-networking-experience

** It cannot be just about you; to help others – a critical part of networking – you need to listen. You also need to let them go to other people.

Job Networking for Introverts: Face Your Fears

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-introverts/networking-face-your-fears.shtml

** If you can’t get out there, you’re missing out. Get up from the computer and meet people face to face – no matter how hard it is. Related:

Why volunteering is the best form of networking for an introvert…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-volunteering-best-form-mathue-duhaney

** And it’s a good way to meet people in person. Step away from the computer and meet people:

Networking Lunch Rules

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-networking/networking-lunch.shtml

** Excellent advice. And one-on-one can be far less intimidating too. Anything that gets you face time with a person in a real-life conversation:

The Butlerian Jihad

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

Reach Out to Hiring Managers Using These 10 Ideas

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reach-out-hiring-managers-using-10-ideas-lisa

** No question; at the same time, getting onto schedules is incredibly difficult even when you have a “warm referral” because people are too busy:

The Cost of Crazybusy

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/the-cost-of-crazybusy/

In Praise of Non-Phony Networking

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-networking/non-phony-networking.shtml

** Be selective and choose venues that suit you.

Three Reasons People Don’t Trust You More

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/three-reasons-people-dont-trust-you-more-hank-boyer

** Important. Networking relies on trust and helping others. Without these two, both critical, things – it won’t work.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

7 Tips: How To Write a Template Cover Letter

http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/7-tips-write-template-cover-letter/

** A skeleton only; IMHO a cover letter requires too much customization to be a template with most of the content pre-existing.

How to open and close your cover letter

http://www.monster.com/blog/b/open-close-cover-letter-0421

** I like the advice in particular about names where the sex of the person is unclear. And be sure, if you know they have a doctorate, to use “Doctor” when writing them.

Cover Letter tips to help you land your dream job

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/cover-letter-tips-to-help-you-land-your-dream-job

** Nice overview.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

The Movie Trailer Resume Model

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/4277/the-movie-trailer-resume-model

** A resume is nothing more than a marketing document to get them to want to interview you. If it works in that regard, you have a great resume.

3 Reasons Why Your Resume is Keeping Your Phone from Ringing

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/10/13/3-reasons-why-your-resume-is-keeping-your-phone-from-ringing/

** Good – but relevant if you’re applying for a specific position. If you’re networking in, it’s a horse of a different color.

How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

https://hbr.org/2014/12/how-to-write-a-resume-that-stands-out

** Differentiation. And make your bullet points stand out:

The New Formula for Resume Success

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/08/03/the-new-formula-for-resume-success/

Top Resume Writing Tips for College Students

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-resume-tips-college-students/

** Useful, and applies to every age.

The Great Resume Keyword Conundrum

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/great-resume-keyword-conundrum-paula-rutledge

** Keywords are great, but only have their best effect when applying for a specific position. Related:

How to Get Your Resume Read By an Employer Using Keyword Research

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/resume-read-employer-keyword-research/

** Ditto.

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

Answers to emotional trigger questions asked at job interviews.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/answers-emotional-trigger-questions-asked-job-gil-rozenblatt

** Some good thoughts but, as several comments said, a little “over the top”.

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Yourself in Job Interviews

http://time.com/money/3195885/worst-job-interview-mistakes/

** The first rule: don’t screw up. (At issue, though, is the fact that there are so many ways to do so…). The other thing to keep in mind, though, that one person’s confidence is another person’s arrogance, etc.

Fuzzy Limits

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/fuzzy-limits/

Seriously — Should You Use Humor in a Job Interview?

https://www.recruiter.com/i/seriously-should-you-use-humor-in-a-job-interview/

** Yes. Judiciously, carefully, and certainly “work safe” and non-controversial. But hiring is as much about their emotional reaction to you as your qualifications… humor can help with that.

Don’t Eat The Turkey! 11 Foods To Avoid Before An Interview

http://www.careerealism.com/interview-foods-avoid/

** Smell is an incredibly powerful thing, and affects people viscerally – and emotionally. So don’t indulge in this “guilty pleasure” food before an interview either:

Guilty Pleasure Food: Pickled Garlic

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/guilty-pleasure-food-pickled-garlic/

Pick and choose from this list for your next interview.

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/questions-to-ask-at-job-interview/

** A lot of good ones here.

How to Handle New Unexpected Interview Types: Job Simulation / In-Box Exercise Interviews

http://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/handling-simulation-in-box-exercise-interviews.shtml

** Hadn’t heard of some of these.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

How Recruiters Are Using Social Media—and What It Means for You

http://time.com/money/3614301/recruiters-social-media-job-search/

** Being on SM will not get you hired per se; not being there means you might not be found, or ruled out because you’re not “up to date”. Related:

Blogging to Build Your Online Reputation and Support Your Executive Job Search

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/build-online-reputation-support-executive-job-search.aspx

** Use your blog to establish your reputation – and show your personality. Within limits, of course.

5 Ways Good Managers Can Hire Great People

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-ways-good-managers-can-hire-great-people-lou-adler

** What’s the other side reading?

What Your Facebook Profile Says About Your Personality

https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-your-facebook-profile-says-about-your-personality

** Two things. One, what if – like me – you aren’t on facebook? And two, isn’t this just another way of sloughing off the responsibility of a hiring manager to make their own decisions, in favor of someone outside expert’s algorithm?

7 interesting facts about LinkedIn Groups you should know

http://thingscareerrelated.com/2014/12/21/7-interesting-facts-about-linkedin-groups-you-should-know/

** LI groups are incredibly useful!

How Can Social Media Make or Break an Interview?

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/social-make-break-interview/

** I find it ironic. On one hand, the “conventional wisdom” says to clamp down, not post anything that could possibly be perceived as controversial – yet here is an article saying that you do need to let your personality out there (within limits) for people to vet you. Can someone please give me a manual so I know what to do? There need to be standards:

Social Media Vetting: Proposed Standards (Long)

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

** Welcome to the “New Puritanism”. And in cynical moments, I sometimes thing that SM was created in part to get people to post stupid stuff, just so that “internet reputation clean-up services” could then also be marketed.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

Is This Company Right For You?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/company-right-you-miriam-schwartz

** Cultural fit is critical.

How to Cold Call Your Way to a New Job

http://time.com/money/3153898/cold-call-calling-new-job-career-coach-networking/

** I don’t know… these days it’s hard to get people when you have a “warm referral”.

How to Best Approach Executive Recruiters as a Candidate

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/how-to-best-approach-executive-recruiters-as-a-candidate.aspx

** Recruiters can be very useful; just remember – they work for the company, not you.

How To Boost Your Job Search [3 Smart Ways]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/how-you-can-boost-your-job-search-and-enjoy-process-3-smart-ways/

** Good general thoughts.

From Shame and Despair to Hope and Dignity

http://forwardmotioncareers.com/blog/from-shame-and-despair-to-hope-and-dignity/

** If there’s one message to take away, it’s this: You have worth, and it doesn’t come from who employs you. A memory: A friend was telling me about a conversation he’d overheard at the Ford plant I’d used to work at when news I’d been among the 2001 RIF (almost 2000 people). He told me how one person said “Did you hear David Hunt was one of the people let go?” to which the other said “But he was one of the best engineers we had!” That boosted me, and continues to boost me.

15 Reasons Why Job Openings Seem To Appear Forever

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

** Number 10 – seriously??

8 Ways of Becoming the Most Proactive Job Seeker Ever

http://nblo.gs/12ditA

** Go get ’em! Related:

6 Signs You Are Suffering From Job Search Paralysis

http://chameleonresumes.com/2014/10/10/signs-suffering-job-search-paralysis/

** Are you doing any of these things? Snap out of it.

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

Beware the Smooth-Talking Job Applicant!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/beware-smooth-talking-job-applicant-liz-ryan

** I commented.

5 Ways Good Managers Can Hire Great People

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-ways-good-managers-can-hire-great-people-lou-adler

** How can you make sure to understand what they’re thinking, so you know how to match what they want?

8 Important/ Creative Interview Questions To Ask Potential Employees

https://www.theresumator.com/blog/8-creative-interview-questions-to-ask-potential-employees/

** Every question has a reason, and likely several layers of reasons.

How to Use Silly Questions to Find the Right Talent

https://www.theresumator.com/blog/use-silly-questions-find-right-talent/

** There’s a fine line between questions to test culture and “Dance, applicant, dance!”. I will cynically opine that some of these cross that line. While from the same site:

Interviewing Tips To Help You Actually Learn Something From Someone

https://www.theresumator.com/blog/interviewing-tips-help-actually-learn-something/

** These are actually pretty good.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

Know the market rate for a job before recruiters ask what the rate is for you.

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/salary-surveys-guides-calculators-2014/

** No matter how many calculators are out there… it’s still a black art.

Job Search Article Aggregate – – – December 21, 2014

If you tweet one of the links here, please include me in your tweet – and consider following me:

@davidhuntpe

Please mention my blog to others if you like what you see:

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com

Do check out my prior “article aggregate” posts – hopefully something there is of use to you.

(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. Or, if you’re not feeling commercial, consider giving to one of the charities I support.)

Thanks!

Note: About Me and the kind of places I’m looking for work. And some background on why I put the effort into this kind of thing.

*****

 

 

TOP OF THE FOLD

 

The Most Underused Job Search Tool: Appreciation

http://myrightfitjob.com/2014/11/19/2429/

** And something else: keeping your promises. Build a reputation as someone who follows through.

How to Get the Job When You Don’t Have the Experience

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140811235043-203184238-how-to-overcome-the-permission-paradox-you-can-t-get-the-job-without-the-experience-but-you-can-t-get-the-experience-without-the-job

** A common refrain, especially for new graduates or people trying to change industries/careers. (I remember the agony when I was a new graduate; everyone seemed to want just a skosh more experience than I had!)

The Top Job Search Articles of 2014

https://jobmob.co.il/blog/top-job-search-articles-2014/

** Excellent compilation.

7 Ways To Sniff Out The REAL Company Culture

http://www.careerealism.com/company-culture-real/

** Company culture is critical – not only for your performance and happiness, but longevity. Some more thoughts:

Cultural Splinters

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

** And especially ask around about the reputation and rumors about the company founder/head – particularly in networking and industry groups. Remember, the you-know-what rolls downhill, and companies have reputations.

 

=====

 

FOR OLDER WORKERS

 

Who employs older workers?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/who-employs-older-workers.html

** Across the pond in the UK, but some lessons for the US too.

Talent does not equal experience

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talent-does-equal-experience-ed-nathanson

** Some useful clues to glean in presenting yourself. There is value in experience; leverage that.

Millennials are perceived as more innovative (and why that’s bad)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/millennials-perceived-more-why-adi-gaskell

** Millenials are your competition; understand how they’re perceived. Use that perception against them, and proactively counter it.

Why boomer careers will never be the same again (VIDEO)

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/why-boomer-careers-will-never-be-same.html

** The idea that you can get a job and stay in it forever is dead… and IMHO, it was killed by employers, not employees. And a related essay of his:

If you’re highly qualified, how come you can’t get a job?

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/if-youre-highly-qualified-how-come-you.html

** The world is changing, and accelerating into the change. This has enormous consequences, and staggering risks:

Future Shock

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/future-shock/

Six Job Search Tips for Boomers and Retirees

http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/6-job-search-tips-for-boomers-seniors/

** Definitely worth reading.

 

=====

 

NETWORKING

 

The Power of Being Specific in Your Job Search

http://myrightfitjob.com/2014/12/09/2456/

** Very smart advice for networkers.

Make Your Social Connections Count Or They Won’t Be Worth Counting ~via @InsideCXM

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/make-your-social-connections-ted-rubin

** Maintain your network.

4 Ways to Get Past the Gatekeeper (No Tricks Required)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-ways-get-past-gatekeeper-joanne-black

** It’s all about a warm referral. Networking baby! Related:

How To Find The Hiring Manager’s Contact Info

http://www.careerealism.com/find-hiring-managers-contact-info/

** Definitely easier said than done. And another one:

How To Search for Directors and Executives Online

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/how-search-directors-and-executives-online/

** Hard to get ahold of them; if you can, however… that’s the “perfect” level to cultivate. Also: troll through CXO magazines (e.g., CIO, CFO, etc.) for articles by execs in your target industry. Then write to them asking a few pertinent and penetrating questions. It’ll cost you some time and a stamp, and may result in a reply.

10 Tips to Maintain a Happy and Healthy Personal Network

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/16/10-tips-to-maintain-a-happy-and-healthy-personal-network/

** All good. You get out what you put in. Related:

Networking 101: Helping Others

http://blog.multiview.com/2013/11/08/networking-101-helping-others/

** Put credits into your “networking bank account”.

Networking Hack: Don’t Forget Anyone’s Name Ever Again!

http://www.careerealism.com/networking-hack-name/

** Names are very important. Which brings up:

The Name’s The Thing

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/the-names-the-thing/

** Thoughts on getting peoples’ names right.

7 Ways to Extend Your Online Network for Executive Job Search

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/extend-online-network-executive-job-search.aspx

** Good; I especially agree with the idea of focusing. Trying too many things will distract you awfully.

21 Practical Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Networking

https://www.themuse.com/advice/21-practical-ways-to-overcome-your-fear-of-networking

** I agree with everything except the “don’t be too early” part. IMHO, if you’re there early (and have gotten your first plateful of food out of the way!), you are the seed around which others will gather.

Never eat alone

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2014/05/never-eat-alone.html

** Amen! As conditions permit, of course.

Networking Groups Are a Must When Job Searching

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/networking-groups-are-a-must-when-job-searching.php

** Alumni groups are great because you have an instant commonality. Makes it easier to break the ice.

Social Networking: 10 Keys to Increase Your Networking Success Online (Part I)

http://www.onlinemarketingmuscle.com/social-networking-10-keys-part-i/

Social Networking: 10 Keys to Increase Your Networking Success Online (Part II)

http://www.onlinemarketingmuscle.com/social-networking-10-keys-part-ii/

** Both parts worth reading.

 

=====

 

COVER LETTERS

 

Use These Cover Letters That CEOs Read

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/use-cover-letters-ceos-read-brian-de-haaff

** Don’t cut-n-paste. But some useful thoughts.

Cover letter example: using copywriting techniques

http://careers.theguardian.com/cover-letter-example

** It’s a marketing document; whatever works to get the reader to look at your resume.

 

=====

 

RESUMES

 

First Impression: 3 Reasons I’d Look Twice at Your Resume

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/first-impression-3-reasons-id-marillyn

** Always wonderful to get insights from such a highly-ranked person.

7 Things You Can’t Hide in your Resume

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/7-things-you-cant-hide-your-resume/

** All true. Though ageism is so rampant I find it hard to believe that the author’s never seen it first-hand.

3 Resume Formatting Errors Recruiters Won’t Ignore

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2014/12/18/3-resume-formatting-errors-recruiters-wont-ignore/

** Assuming, of course, you can get it to a human.

How to write a personal statement for your CV

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/how-to-write-a-personal-statement-for-your-cv

** Not sure about all of this. Ask 10 different resume “experts” and you’ll probably get 11 answers.

Going Outside the Traditional Resume to Capture the Interview

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/11/22/going-outside-the-traditional-resume-to-capture-the-interview/

** Ties in – to some degree – with the ideas towards the end here:

To Picture or Not to Picture – That is the Question

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/to-picture-or-not-to-picture-that-is-the-question/

Applicant tracking systems – the hidden peril for job applicants

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/applicant-tracking-systems-hidden-peril.html

** Quote: “Some sources quote that as many as 75% of applicants are eliminated by ATS systems, as soon as they submit their resume, despite being qualified for the job!” A good excuse to refer to:

Jurassic Park Hiring

https://davidhuntpe.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/jurassic-park-hiring/

 

=====

 

INTERVIEWING

 

Most Important Job Interview Question – “When Have You Failed?”

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/most-important-job-interview-question-whats-your-biggest-failure/

** I was massively flummoxed the first time I got this question. And it’s critical to wrap it up with something like “… and I learned …”.

Answering Behavioral Interview Questions: Handling Conflict

http://biginterview.com/blog/2013/09/behavioral-interview-questions-conflict.html

** With a bunch of other articles on the right side-bar.

Using the Star technique to shine at job interviews: a how-to guide

http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/star-technique-competency-based-interview

** STAR is good. You really want to knock it out of the park? SPARTACUS:

How to turn yourself into a winning job candidate

http://40pluscareerguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-turn-yourself-into-winning-job.html

5 Tips To A More Successful Job Interview

http://tweakyourbiz.com/management/2012/05/02/5-tips-to-a-more-successful-job-interview/

** Have some perspective.

Interview Tip: Don’t Give Answers, Tell Stories

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interview-tip-tell-stories-not-answers-7-stories-prepare-now/

** People react to stories in a far more significant way than you can imagine.

Are Interviewers Invading Your Privacy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interviewers-privacy/

** Some interesting, amusing, and somewhat disturbing statistics.

How to Outsmart Your Interviewer with Body Language

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

** You can overanalyze this.

You Must Remember This: Information You Must Have before the Interview

http://www.gotthejob.com/blog/you-must-remember-this-information-you-must-have-before-the-interview.php

** Good general advice.

Gaps on your resume

http://advice.careerbuilder.com/posts/gaps-on-your-resume

** Short video. Best to answer their questions before they ask.

5 Things Not To Say During An Interview

http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-interview/

** I find it interesting that the very first thing is a discussion of “loyalty” yet companies ignore that group most likely to be loyal: older workers.

The Interview: When You Just Don’t Know What to Say

http://www.social-hire.com/career–interview-advice/3839/the-interview-when-you-just-dont-know-what-to-say

** And for heaven’s sake, don’t babble for the sake of making noise.

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/top-25-oddball-interview-questions-2014/

** On one hand, I can appreciate that some of these questions are meant to examine your thought-and-problem-solving-process. OTOH, however, they also are, IMHO, tests of how much BS you’ll tolerate to get the job.

 

=====

 

BRANDING / SOCIAL MEDIA

 

15 Smoking Hot Ways to Use LinkedIn for Job Search

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/20-smoking-hot-ways-use-linkedin-job-search/

** Activity breeds interest. Interest can lead to new connections.

Twitter Hashtags to Use in Your Job Search

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/12/17/twitter-hashtags-use-job-search/

** You can find an awful lot on twitter.

How blogging can help you get a job

http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/28/blogging-can-help-get-job/

** If you have essays and posts related to your subject of expertise, it can only be a positive.

Managing the Message in Your Job Search

http://www.job-hunt.org/job-search-for-introverts/manage-message-introverts.shtml

** Define yourself, or others will do it for you.

 

=====

 

GENERAL

 

The Top 50 Best Job Search Sites You Need to Know About

http://biginterview.com/blog/2014/10/best-job-search-sites.html

** Some I didn’t know about. The one thing, however, is this: if you’re applying to a posted job, you’re already behind. Network, network, network so that you’re already on their minds when a job opens up.

5 Things To Know About Thank You Letters

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-things-know-thank-you-letters

** I continue to be astonished that people don’t send thank you notes – or continue to follow up. Related:

5 Things To Say in Your Interview Follow-Up Letter

http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-interview-followup-letter/

** Especially #2.

The Most Powerful Questions In Sales

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/most-powerful-questions-sales-tony-j.-hughes

** What is a job search if not marketing and sales – of you!

References are Not an Afterthought

http://www.greatresumesfast.com/blog/2010/08/16/references-are-not-an-afterthought/

** Stay in touch with references; don’t let them only hear from you when you need something!

Proactive Job Search, Part 3: How to Contact Potential Employers

http://www.job-hunt.org/IT-job-search/contacting-potential-employers.shtml

** Reaching out is important, and doing so before they have openings. Once the job is posted, it’s way too late.

Why Your Email Sign-off Matters More Than You Think

https://www.themuse.com/advice/why-your-email-signoff-matters-more-than-you-think

** I agree that you shouldn’t have a stupid signature, but I’m not sure I agree this is a make-or-break thing.

Thousands of Jobs if You Know Where to Look

http://careeralley.com/job-search/thousands-jobs-know-look/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Careeralley+%28Careeralley%29

** I will opine, however, that so many hiring managers still think there is a “fantasy date” out there. I.e.:

What is “The Perfect Fit”?

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

 

=====

 

UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE

 

5 Things a Candidate’s Salary History Reveals about Their Personality

https://www.recruiter.com/i/5-things-a-candidates-salary-history-reveals-about-their-personality/

** What might a hiring manager / HR person be thinking when they ask you about your salary history… which, IMHO, is none of their business.

How I Hire: Three Questions, No Resumes

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130924094639-7668018-how-i-hire-three-questions-no-resumes

** Interesting.

20,000 Interviews Later: A Lesson in Hiring Top Executives

http://enviableworkplace.com/claudio-fernandez-araoz-attributes-to-look-for-when-hiring-executives/

** That’s a lot of experience conducting interviews.

 

=====

 

SALARY

 

Always Ask For More… Right?

http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/2009/04/always-ask-for-more-right.html

** Not in this market.

What To Say When You’re Asked For ‘Salary Requirements’

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/06/18/4-things-to-consider-when-addressing-salary-requirements-online/

** Useful considering so many online forms won’t let you not put nothing.

When The Job Offer Comes In Low

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/12/08/when-the-job-offer-comes-in-low/

** A nice hypothetical, but pushing back, especially like this, assumes you have the ability to walk away.