Job Search Mistakes

How recruiters really work

You have a kick ass resume and ready to start your job search. Some people tell you to contact recruiters; they’ll help you find a job. If there’s one thing I’ve discovered though, it’s that most people HATE recruiters. Look at all the angry comments at the end of this post. When people think of Recruiters, they think of agents. When they think of agents, they think of someone like Ari Gold

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We’ve all experienced that gut wrenching feeling when you realize you’ve made a mistake on a document… right as you’re hitting the send button. We know how important it is to write a sparkling resume, but there is always the possibility that there is an inadvertent error somewhere. One that you missed. Maybe a comma instead of a period or perhaps a different bullet point. But sometimes resumes mistakes are downright hilarious. Errors like

Why LinkedIn should be your

If you are either looking for a new job or want to develop your career and are not on LinkedIn, you’re missing out BIG TIME. LinkedIn is a job seeker’s best friend Key hiring decision makers are using LinkedIn as their #1 tool for recruiting. Not only can they post jobs on LinkedIn, but hiring managers can actually search profiles and make a decision on who they’d like to contact.  If you’re not on LinkedIn, you’ve just lost access to

Accepting a counter offer

So, you have your awesome resume, aced your interview and ended up with a job offer. Now you just have to quit your current job. Have you considered accepting a counter offer if your current boss gives you one People get caught up in the flattery and don’t realize that it’s detrimental to their careers to accept a counter-offer. Picture this typical scenario about accepting a counter offer: Greg has been unsatisfied with his job

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Social media can do wonderful things for your career. Look at all those stories of people getting job offers based on their tweets.  In fact, some companies request that their sales professionals have a specific number of followers on Twitter. Of course, the assumption here is that they could spread the word on their product or service through Twitter. Now, I’m a big fan of networking and sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter help your career progress. It allows

Why haven’t you gotten a job, or the job you want? Do you find you’re second runner up or not even in the race? We are in the middle of a tough market where companies are drowning in resumes and layoffs are rampant. The competition is fierce and you simply can’t afford make a mediocre attempt at getting a job. Your game plan has to be top notch and you have to go above and beyond what is expected to get

I’m often asked if cover letters are really that important. After all, the resume has all the relevant information that prospective employers need. I always respond with a definitive ‘yes’! Your cover is a vital part of your career marketing package and should always partner with a resume. They go hand in hand. In fact, I like to call it the resume’s jacket-cover introduction. A Cover Letter’s Purpose: It’s the first thing a potential employer will read about you and its main purpose

With increasing layoff numbers, we’re in a tough market these days. In such a highly competitive job market, job search mistakes are less forgiving and far more rigid. Anyone from the top executive to recent grads is prone to making job search mistakes. Here are some common mistakes that job seekers make and how to avoid them: 1) Having an ineffective resumes As I’ve mentioned many times before, having an effective resume that markets your skills is by far one of the

If you’ve made it to the job interview, chances are you’ve worked hard to get there. You’ve polished up your resume and cover letter, prepared for the interview and are now in front of the hiring manager. Here’s where you impress the hiring manager and convince him/her that you’re the person for the job. Either due to poor job interview preparation, overconfidence or just sheer nerves, there are

I’ve been on both sides of the interviewing process. I’ve been interviewed and have interviewed hundreds if not thousands of applicants as a recruiter. Some of the things people do are downright entertaining. I’ve had applicants bring their kids to interviews, answer their cell phone and even bring their lunches. It goes without saying that, although entertaining, this is unacceptable. There’s more to the list like dressing inappropriately, lying, etc. These certainly make you look dumb, but the following are things