Top recruiters, authors, executives, writers, graphic designers, entrepreneurs, coaches and other experts have chosen their best job search tips of 2008 for you.
Job Search Tips: The Top Five From 2008
Sarah Welstead, User Experience Director, Head2Head: “Recruiters have to wade through a lot of inappropriate applications in order to find the right candidates for a given job. Here are a few simple tips that you are among the best applicants.”
Psychology of the Employment Search
Damien Riley, Author and Teacher: “I chose to enter this post because it’s advice I got in college that has served me well in my career. “Don’t be too picky.” We may not always have the choices we dream of, but we can always pick the best option… for now.”
Sean Aiken, Creator of the One Week Job project: When you’re struggling to find your passion, sometimes it helps to have encouragement along the way.
Andrew G.R., Founder of Jobacle.com: Always the obsessor, I’m in full research mode looking for a house. Maps, charts, grids, financial tables and so on. Given that this is the single largest investment I might ever make, it certainly warrants extensive research. And that got me thinking…
We should all put this amount of effort into the job hunt. But I’m willing to bet that many of us don’t. Here are a few reasons why you should make your job hunt like a house hunt.
Barbara Safani, Author and Owner of CareerSolvers: “I chose this post because I received several inquiries from prospects after reading this post (which was republished on The Ladders) saying they were guilty of every one of the traps I describe and were ready to come to terms with their search methodology (or lack of one). Maybe this post can help your readers better understand that job search is not as simple as slapping a resume onto a few job boards and that strategic rather than purely tactical moves are key.”
Entry-Level Job Search Tips
William Frierson, Writer, CollegeRecruiter.com: A concise list of best practices for anyone looking for his first job.
4 Guerilla Job Search Tips
Kevin Donlin, Job Search Expert: How to take a more radical approach to getting noticed by employers.
The #1 networking tool during hard times
Tim Tyrell-Smith, Marketing Executive: “The #1 way to network in job search is to help others. The post talks about the permanent value of helping others while providing a free downloadable spreadsheet called “The Watchlyst” to get them started.”
Miriam Salpeter, Founder of Keppie Careers: “I wrote “Being Connected Trumps Being Exceptional in the Working World” to remind job seekers and careerists that successful people are willing to give without expecting anything in return. Successful relationships (in life and in business) don’t keep score; each partner contributes. If you intentionally broaden your circle of influence and consciously and generously add value to others by introducing them to contacts in your circle, you open the door to untold numbers of opportunities.”
Jacob Share, Job Search Expert: “No matter how old you are, no matter how much work experience you have or what you’ve achieved in your career, having a good network can result in finding a new job faster than anything else. I knew this post would help many people and it was fun brain-dumping so many useful ideas into one article.”
Layoffs & Unemployment
8 Steps To Recover From the Laid Off Blues
Rita Ashley, Job Search Coach: Lay-off is such an ugly concept. Suggestions to help get past the ordeal and get on with your new beginning.
How I Won the War on Unemployment
Peter Aldin, Life Coach: “Here’s 3 of the tactics that enabled me to win that war by the middle of 2005…”
Michael Specht, HR Technologist: “More and more people are starting to talk not about if, but when, people will start losing their jobs due to the down turn in the economies. Here are some tips on what to do when you lose your job.”
Joey, Creator of CareerAlley: “This is my favorite post because it deals with the stress of losing a job and the stages that an individual goes through.”
The social network, labor-market and myself- Behavior guidelines (Hebrew)
Amir Nathan, JobWhisper CEO: A few behavioral and ethical guidelines that may assist each and every one of us in utilizing their activity within the social networks.
John Hyde, Marketer: “I recently started a new blog about finding that next great job. The genesis of this blog was the fact that I was recently laid off and wanted to create a place to share information about how to survive a layoff and get a new job out of it. My best post so far might be this one.”
Steven Snell, Social Media Expert: Between current economic conditions and the technological evolution of the Internet, the traditional approach most job seekers have taken in the past is no longer viable.
Dan Schawbel, Personal Branding Expert: The question everyone is asking right now, after hearing about the 1.9 million layoffs in the past year figure, is “how do I get a job”? This is the wrong question to ask yourself because it forces you to apply to positions that aren’t the best-fit for your personality, passions and possibly, expertise. You have to think more broadly!
Why Bother With a Day Job When You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?
Ryan Paugh, Co-Founder of BrazenCareerist.com: “The reason I love Silvana is because she’s not afraid to take risks in her blog posts. This post is all about taking risks. And when you’re an entrepreneur at heart, what the hell are you doing searching for a job anyway?”
Louise Fletcher, President, Blue Sky Resumes: “I like this post because it speaks to my main theme of authenticity.”
Cassandra Jowett, TalentEgg: If updating and perfecting your resumé isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions – make it one. You still have about a week until you get busy at school again. Now is a great time to make your resumé sparkle!
Rick Saia, CPRW: “Everyone has a gap in his or her employment history (myself included), and many job seekers are sometimes at a loss for how to properly explain it in a job interview. This post explains how to address the gap if the hiring manager brings it up (chances are he or she will) so that you stay positive and on your message, and keep yourself in the running should you really want the job. We continue to receive comments nearly 10 months after posting.”
The Best Interview Advice You’ll Ever Read
Lance Haun, HR Generalist: “There is a lot of complicated career advice out there. There are “Seven steps to interview success”, “Five ways to improve your resume”, or “Four steps to a killer cover letter.” Instead of complicated steps, this post is very simple advice that you can apply to any career seeking activity.”
Brianna Raymond, Writer: “The tips here sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many job seekers simply divulge too much information in their interview. If job seekers are having a hard time getting a new job or are constantly going back to the drawing board after a bad interview, this is something they’d want to take a look at – and avoid making these mistakes in the future.”
Julie O’Malley, CPRW: “As I wrote this post, I kept wishing someone had told me this stuff years ago, because I’m sure I committed most of these faux pas myself. And just for the record, dumbass interview mistakes are not limited to new grads!”
Job Hunting: 3 Tips for Successful Interviewing
Heather Eagar, Professional Resume Writer: the importance of being properly prepared and dressed for a job interview.
Jacob Cass, Founder of Just Creative Design: As some of you may know I am a third year graphic design student and an active freelancer so I am going to share my tips on how and where to get freelance design jobs while you are still a graphic design student.
Mirko Humbert, Graphic Designer: “An overview of ways to use the internet to find some freelance gigs for graphic and web designers.”
Elance Tips: Top 5 Projects You Should Run Away From
Alex Cristache, Managing Partner of QBKL Media: “This is a post from Adrian Diaconescu’s Rubiqube.com. I chose it because instead of teaching what everyone else teaches you (how to land a job), it shows you what type of project and clients could ruin your work and cash flow, which is very important in maintaining a business as a freelancer.”
What To Do When You Get Bad Career Advice From Your Parentals
G.L. Hoffman, LinkUp CEO: “I think this is one of my favorites because I hear this a lot from both sides, parents and kids. Both are quite sure THEY are right, parents in giving advice and kids in not accepting it.”
Vivien, Creator of InspirationBit: “I think every web designer should read that article if he/she wants to stand out in the crowd and become a sought out professional.”
Resumes, Cover Letters, & Job Interviews
Jason Seiden, Author and Executive Coach: “The absolute bottom line on that magic trifecta of: cover letter, resume, and interview.”
Talking About Our Education
William Uranga, Tivo’s Director of Talent Acquisition: “How recruiters can and really need to get outside of the all-recruiting-all-the-time mindset.”
Robyn McMaster, Senior VP of the MITA Brain Based Center: Was your climb to management worth the effort? Many managers work ’round the clock to survive layoffs. Yet they may not be invested in their work, rarely feel any sense of achievement, and spend much time on reports and busywork.
Which Job Seekers Use the Web?
Andrew Rondeau, Management Expert: “This article is about which type of people use the web for job searching and was written by a Gallup expert.”
Candice Arnold, CollegeRecruiter.com: An article with helpful hints from various professionals about how to find the right internship.
Benji Lovitt, Comedian: In some ways, finding a job in Israel is very much like anywhere else. Except for the whole job search part.
Gershon Mendlovitz, Computer Technician: “Gives cute anecdotal accounts of resume bloopers… really very funny and honest.”
We have a winner!
The winner of this group writing project’s prize as chosen by random.org is… G.L. Hoffman.
Thanks to everyone for participating in the creation of such a terrific resource of job search tips.
-- Jacob Share