Avoid the Employer’s Black Hole…Establish a CONNECTION

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Avoid the Employer’s Black Hole…Establish a CONNECTION


Job_Search_Tip_of_the_Week_Black_Holes_crosswalkProbably the greatest frustration for job seekers is not hearing back from employers when they apply, email their resumes, send cover letters, leave voicemail messages and EVEN after interviewing.  I totally get it, and your frustration is justified.  However…your frustration is not serving you, and most employers are unlikely to change their current practices (at least, not any time soon).  So, what can YOU do to avoid the employer’s black hole?

80% of job offers originate with some sort of connection to the employer. It could be a currernt employee or someone who has worked there in the past.  These people are connected to other people at other workplaces, in the community and to their own circles of friends and family.  And some of them are connected to you. Read More

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Many Employers Pass on Applicants Due to Social Media Posts


My two cents…This is the “age of accountability.”  Any information on the Internet is free game to employers AND to job seekers.  Both parties should utilize all resources available when considering fit and making long term employment decisions.

Advice to job seekers:

  • Don’t post information or stories on the Internet that may be perceived negatively by employers considering you for employment.
  • “Google” yourself and look everywhere else you might appear on the Internet so that you are aware of what others will see.  Clean up what you can.
  • Conduct “damage control” if there is something on the Internet that may get you kicked out of the running by telling Interviewers about it when they ask, “Is there anything else we should know about you?”

Great article and stats from Recruiting Trends…

Many Employers Pass on Applicants Due to Social Media Posts – Recruiting Trends. Read More

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7 important questions every job seeker should ask themselves


Great overview of some of the things we are in control of when it comes to job search.  It’s completely up to the job seeker to make sure they are communicating their strengths and impact to the employer…in the resume, the cover letter, and in their conversation with the Interviewer.  Take the time to show yourself in the best light.

7 important questions every job seeker should ask themselves. Read More

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Video: Take Control of Your Personal Brand – Harvard Business Review


The key elements of a positive and effective job search strategy are…1. Have a positive mindset; 2. Be a subject matter expert in you – strengths, talents, wisdom, unique experiences; 3. Know what you want; and 4. Be able to ARTICULATE who you are and what you want to others.  This video offers some great insight into developing your personal brand.

Video: Take Control of Your Personal Brand – Harvard Business Review.

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Resume Writing: Dates or No Dates?


Your Resume:  Dates or No Dates?

As an HR Professional, when I see a resume with no dates I immediately want to know what they’re hiding.  In other words:

No dates = Red Flag

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