To Be Hired: Be Focused and Clear About the Job You Want

Yet again, in the Job-Hunt Help LinkedIn Group, a job seeker has posted an announcement about his availability with a description of himself as a “fast-learning, analytical problem-solver.” That’s all. Let the job offers roll in! Nope, didn’t happen. Not a single job offer appeared… The issue: No one knew what kind of problems he solved. Employers […]

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To Be Hired, Be Referred for the Job

Being recommended to the employer by a current employee is usually the best and fastest way to a new job. Known as a “referral,” a referred candidate is five times more likely to be hired than a candidate who was not referred. The best news is that everyone usually wins in the referral process! You get […]

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Why and How to Turn Down a Job Interview

A job seeker asked me if she should turn down a job interview, and it’s a very good question. Not every job interview is a good opportunity. In this case, she decided to accept the interview, and, in her situation, I think it was the right decision. Most often, my advice is to accept the […]

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To Be Hired: Be Reachable

A key aspect of being hired, once you have been found, is to have information easily available that allows employers and recruiters to contact you. Having an online profile that attracts employers and recruiters is critical to a successful job search. But, the best profile will be useless to you if those employers and recruiters […]

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Be Find-able to Be Hired: Your Best Keywords

A critical aspect for a successful job search and career — now — is being quickly and easily find-able online. Like actors, actresses, and other public figures, the age of anonymity is over for most of us. Best to embrace it, and make the best of it. We can — and should — keep big […]

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Don’t Make These Bad Assumptions About Recruiters

Many job seekers are confused about how hiring works, and, specifically, about how to work with recruiters. As with almost everything else associated with job search, things aren’t as simple or straight forward as they seem. Recruiters are key players in the hiring process, so understanding how recruiters work is important for job search success. These […]

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20 + Ways to Build Your Job Search Network

Recent surveys of hiring methods show that most jobs are filled by employee referrals. The successful job seeker is referred (not necessarily introduced) to the job by a current employee. Thus, the key to a successful job search (and career) is summed up in one word: networking! Truly: it’s who you know (and who knows […]

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Referrals Close the Sale for a Successful Job Search

Like it or not, conducting a successful job search is very similar to making a sale — the salesperson (a.k.a., the  job seeker) convinces the customer (a.k.a., the hiring manager) to make a purchase (hire the job seeker). Being referred by an employee gives you the inside track to make that sale — to land that new […]

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Protect Your Birthday to Protect Your Identity

I’m very annoyed with Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other social network or website that collects your birth date from you, and then makes it public associated with your name. And, the reason I’m annoyed has nothing to do with age discrimination. I’m annoyed because publishing birthdays makes everyone more vulnerable to identity fraud. To be […]

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Secret Way to Boost Your Job Search Value: Brag About Your Employers

FACT: the better  and more impressive you make your former employers look, the better you look to potential new employers. Demonstrate your attitude and professionalism, the “company you keep,” and what you have experienced and learned. Communicate only positive things (a.k.a. “brag”) about your employers (current and former). Your job search will be helped when […]

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