By Peter Weddle
Ask a hundred job seekers what their single worst job search experience has been and ninety-nine will say “the application black hole.” It happens to just about everyone and just about all the time: you send your resume to an employer for an advertised job opening and all you get back is a big fat nothing. It’s frustrating and dispiriting and it’s also avoidable … if you use a technique I call the social job application.
Submitted by otavio on May 20, 2015 - 13:32.
The old axiom remains as true today as it was years
ago. People join companies, and they
leave supervisors. In other words, no
matter how attractive a new job or employer might be, if you and your new boss
are incompatible, you’re unlikely to be successful … or last very long
Submitted by otavio on April 24, 2015 - 08:11.
Way back in 1956, the psychologist George Miller wrote a paper describing the limits of human memory. His research found that the number of objects we humans can hold in short term working memory is 7 ± 2. That’s the amount of information we can effectively process at any one point in time. It’s also an instructive way to look at the limits of our networking. While we can certainly connect with, follow and friend an almost unlimited number of people, we can only build genuine working relationships with a handful at any one point in time.
Submitted by otavio on March 16, 2015 - 14:11.
They say that the best things come in small packages. That’s probably true when you’re talking about personal relationships as an entire industry devoted to tiny, colored boxes will attest. For business relationships, however, small isn’t the best; in fact, it can actually be injurious to your job search.
Submitted by otavio on March 5, 2015 - 11:27.
Today’s job market is a cold and indifferent place. It feels as if it is operated by uncaring
organizations that treat job seekers as second class citizens. The situation is frustrating and
disrespectful and calls out for change. But,
here’s the rub: change doesn’t happen because it should; it happens because
it’s forced to.
Submitted by otavio on December 16, 2014 - 08:57.
Over the years, countless surveys have come to the same conclusion: employers primarily rely on just two methods to recruit new workers. They use job boards and employee referrals. While such information is helpful, however, it also raises two important questions: First, how do you find out which job boards will work best for you, and second, what’s the best way to leverage the power of employee referrals?
Submitted by otavio on November 14, 2014 - 08:06.
If you’ve been in the workforce for more than ten minutes you know all about Best Practices. Over the years, these procedures have been tested and proven effective in virtually every profession, craft and trade. And, there’s the rub. Best Practices are what worked in the past. Next Practices are what will work going forward. That’s why in a job search, it’s best to use what’s going to be effective next in writing your resume.
Submitted by otavio on September 9, 2014 - 12:49.
Job postings are the lingua franca of the job market. They are the way employers communicate with job seekers. All too often, however, the messages conveyed by those ads are one-sided and muddled by corporate jargon. So, how can you interpret the content of job postings to determine which openings are right for you?
Submitted by otavio on July 16, 2014 - 08:15.
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Submitted by otavio on July 7, 2014 - 19:28.
There has been an avalanche of articles, columns, blog posts, tweets, LinkedIn group discussions and Facebook notifications about how to use the Web to find a job. It’s all been helpful, but almost always overlooks the single factor that is the key to success. With millions of people now searching for employment online, the first and most important step is to stand out from the herd. And now, Twitter has given you a way to do just that.
Submitted by otavio on June 6, 2014 - 07:13.