If you wrote or saw one blog post in 2008 that you thought could help someone find a job more than any other blog post, which post was it?

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How to share your best job search tips from 2008

Are you a blogger?

If you've already blogged in 2008 about job search tips, choose your best blog post and enter it below.

If you haven't yet blogged about job search this past year, do so before the deadline and submit that post.

Not a blogger?

Choose the most useful blog post you saw (and bookmarked?) this past year – including anything in the JobMob archives – and send that in as your entry. Maybe there was a blog post that helped you?

Contest rules

  • All submitted blog posts must have been blogged in 2008.
  • One entry per blogger only.
  • Blog posts can be in any language, but the submitted title and description need to be in English.
  • Recommended: add a link to this announcement post (the one you're reading right now)
  • To submit your entry, send me the post title, permalink and a 2-3 line summary of the article via the JobMob contact form.


  • US$200 value – 1 month free 125×125 pixel button advertising here on JobMob beginning January 2009

The prize winner will be chosen at random. The prize is transferable (you can give it or sell it to someone else) as long as the eventual user follows the JobMob advertising guidelines.

If you'd like to sponsor additional prizes, tell me via the JobMob contact form.

Submission Deadline

End-of-day December 31st 2008 January 7th 2009, regardless of the timezone you're in. The results will appear soon afterward.

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If you know of anyone that would enjoy participating in this group project, invite them along. Mention this project on Twitter and tell your Facebook friends, ok? Let's build a terrific list of job search tips we can all use.

This group writing project was inspired by David Airey's 25 fantastic design articles from 2008.

Good luck!

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Jacob Share

Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Jacob Share

    Thanks for joining in, Sarah. Can you also send in a 2-3 line description? Good tips!

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  3. Sarah Welstead

    How about:

    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.

  4. Pearl

    Oh man, how could I miss this one? Its 9pm now on Jan 4th so can’t write one yet but I’ll try sending one that I bookmarked before the clock strikes 12 🙂 (if that’s okay)

  5. Jacob Share

    Pearl, it’s ok- I’ve extended the deadline until end-of-day January 7th (tomorrow night). I was sick most of last week and combined with the fact that we’ve been under missile attack here in Ashdod, I didn’t get a chance to promote this group writing project as much as I wanted.

  6. Robyn McMaster

    Hi Jacob, thought I would enter a blog about “Escape Routes from Corporate America.” Perhaps just a different touch than other entries. Thanks for sharing on Twitter!

  7. HarryJoiner.com

    One of my tips from http://www.97jobsearchtips.com/

    “Sell right into the objection.” There’s an old story told by sales trainer Tom Hopkins about a novice home builder who built a spec house next to a railroad track. For months, no one would buy the vacant house. Then the builder found a clever real estate agent who decided to show the house only at 11:35am and 3:15pm on Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays because that’s when the train rolled by.

    The agent raised the price of the house by several thousand dollars, and then bought an expensive widescreen TV and turned it on while showing the house. The TV was a giveaway to anyone who bought the house – and at normal volume, the sound of the TV drowned out the train. The house was sold in the first week. The agent never acted like the train was a non-issue to buyers. Indeed, she acknowledged it as a valid concern, and then put the concern in the proper perspective: “It can be heard, yes – but it’s no louder than a normal TV.” Simply put, she sold right into the objection.

    And that’s what you must do. If you are GLBT, over 50, a working mom, have been out of work for 22 months, have been in business for yourself, or whatever, then you will be happier if you simply “sell right into that potential objection.” In the words of Joe Cossman (the inventor of the ant farm): “If you can’t change it, promote it.”

    Look, we all know there are biases in the hiring process. If there weren’t, diversity recruiters wouldn’t exist. So use the tool at http://www.simplyhired.com/specialsearches.php to search for jobs with companies that can deal with who you are.

    Happy hunting!
    Harry Joiner
    AKA MarketingHeadhunter.com

  8. Rick Saia

    Hi Jacob!

    Nice idea, and I’m happy to participate. Here’s my choice:

    `So, About This Gap in Your Resume …”


    Comment: 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.

    ~ Rick

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