An article of mine published by HuffingtonPost on March 1 attracted a great deal of attention. The topic was how most employers are Googling job seekers these days before inviting them in to an interview.
When you read the comments, you will see that many people didn’t read the article, which was about how to use the Internet to manage your online reputation. You will also see many of those same people were very offended by the very idea that an employer would check out their social media activities. Eh?
Informed vs. Uninformed Decisions
Most of us want to make “informed decisions” about what we buy, what we use, and who we work with, because we’ve learned from painful experience that people – or things – are not always what they appear to be.
Reality is that layoffs can happen anywhere and any time. Even highly profitable companies like Google have had layoffs. So, best to be prepared!
Do not assume that being a “top performer” will protect your job. It may not!
An HR executive once described most layoffs as being done with an ax rather than a scalpel. In my experience, that is definitely true – who goes and who stays is more a matter of right-place-right-time than competence (unfortunately).
I see so much advice about how to find a job. But the advice-givers usually assume that the person receiving the advice is unemployed. That’s a very dangerous assumption!
IF you are currently employed, particularly in a full-time job, you MUST be very careful in your job search for an extremely good reason:
Being open about your job search can cost you your paycheck.
Conduct a “Stealth Job Search” When Employed
Most of us prefer to be open and transparent in what we are doing. It’s the more honorable way to act, and it’s also less complicated - no “details” beyond the truth to remember (what did I say I was doing yesterday; who did I say I was meeting?) [Read More...]
Yet, employers often require the current salary field to be completed in the application form (or the applicant is excluded from consideration).
Many employers even ask for the most recent IRS W-2 Form in the USA, as proof not only of the salary paid, but also of the length of unemployment. We had a quite interesting discussion about this on the Job-Hunt Help LinkedIn Group recently.
If employers require applicants to provide their salary history, the employer should make their salary ranges and the salary grade for the job being sought visible to all applicants.
But, they very seldom make the salary grade and salary range visible, although many do brag about their “benefits.” [Read More...]
When an employer or recruiter posts a job these days, they are usually buried under an avalanche of applications and resumes, an average of 250 for each job, according to a recent industry survey. And, to make matters worse, usually only 10% (or less) of those responses are from people who are actually qualified for the job.
Unfortunately, this flood of unqualified applicants tends to make the people on the employer’s side of the job search process somewhat jaded and suspicious of all job seekers. While understandable, this attitude is another obstacle for job seekers to overcome.
Employer Assumptions About Job Applicants
These are 3 assumptions that employers typically make about you when you apply for a job. To be successful in your job search, you’ll need to prove that these assumptions are wrong when an employer assumes that they apply to you. [Read More...]
This can be a wonderful question to be asked at the end of an interview. It feels like a simple question, but it really isn’t.
Being asked this question does NOT mean that the employer is making you a job offer. For many employers, this question is asked of most – if not all – job candidates, just in case…
So, avoid sounding too desperate (no one wants to hire someone who is desperate) or too eager (which can make employers suspicious of your motivation) by saying “RIGHT NOW!”- even if that’s exactly what you are thinking.
A very good first response would be the counter-question, “When would you like me to start?” If that question is not answered, or is deflected, then, give the response you had already prepared (right?).
Know Your Answer Before You Are Asked
It’s easy to get intimidated into over-committing to an early start date, but you want to get the new job off to a great beginning. In addition, you don’t want to create any long term problems with your employer (if you are currently employed). [Read More...]
The job sounded great. The interviews went well. You liked the people, and they seemed to like you. The job, the organization, and the people felt like a “good fit.” You were one of the finalists, and you were almost positive that this one was IT! But you didn’t get the job offer. Dang!
Being rejected for a job you really wanted, working with a group of people you liked and felt some connection with, can be very disheartening and discouraging – often a major, and seemingly very personal, rejection. And a very big disappointment.
Unfortunately, being rejected is a big part of a job search. Let’s try to keep it in perspective.
Simply Stated: Not This Job at This Time
The rejection was most likely limited only to that specific opportunity and that specific point in time. This is very important to remember! [Read More...]
This is the major complaint of job seekers today. They submit their resume and it seems to drop down a black hole. Nothing happens after the submission. No response from the employer, and, certainly, no job interview or job offer.
Reasons Your Resume Doesn’t Receive a Response
There are many reasons you receive no response to your resume or job application submission, including over-worked Human Resources people who don’t have the time or technology to easily respond to the flood of job seekers interested in every job, basic bad manners, and employer fear of lawsuits.
You cannot control those aspects of the black hole, but there are several aspects you can control.
A job search is NOT a “numbers game.” Today’s job search is much more like an “audition” for a new job. That’s a very important difference from the approach that most job seekers have today.
Keep in mind that employers view everything you do in the job application and interview process as examples of the kind of employee you would be.
Are you focused on bringing your “A Game” to your job search? Re-think your approach if you are using the numbers game theory.
The Top 5 Reasons that You Don’t Hear Back
These are the reasons you don’t hear back as part of the initial screening of your resume, mostly because these actions seem to demonstrate characteristics which are undesirable in an employee. [Read More...]
Recently, a job seeker commented that she had really messed up a very important interview, and she wanted to know if she could recover. After a job interview, many of us have had these thoughts – “I really wish I hadn’t said that!” Or, “I could have handled that question MUCH better!”
It is not always possible to recover from a really big blunder. Some things are definitely not recoverable (bad-mouthing a previous employer, answering your cell phone during the interview, dressing very inappropriately, using bad language, etc.).
Recovery may be possible because you might not have been as bad as you thought you were, and/or, perhaps, no one else was better. Here’s how…