Interpreting Employment Ads
- “Competitive Salary” – We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors
- “Join Our Fast Paced Company” – We have no time to train you.
Why don’t more technical people approach the job-search like a science problem? I mean they have been formally trained in analysis and logic, but few apply these skills to the job-search, and it shows…. Continue reading
In the first of these posts we looked at three points that everyone writing a resume should understand, to recap:
In this post we are looking at the key elements of your resume and how to quickly make them relevant. Continue reading
One of the most common issues I have to deal with is when a client walks through the door and they believe that their current resume is awesome and cannot be improved upon. Continue reading
Whether it is the beginning of a new year or just some time since you took stock of your situation there is hardly ever a bad time to conduct a short review of where you are and make any necessary changes. Continue reading
More fun from our friends at fail.com
There’s the common joke – Q:”do these pants make me look fat?” A: “no your fat makes you look fat”. The punchline is funny because it is obvious to everyone else that it is fat that makes people look fat and not the pants. But job-seekers use the same (wrong) logic every day.
For job-seekers it is “will this resume find me a job?” with the punchline “No, a resume will not find
you a job, no matter how good it is, you have to go out and find one yourself”. Every job-seeker nods their head and admits that this is obvious. Then the proceed to run a passive/reactive job-search whose main focus is ‘getting a great resume together’. The resume becomes their core tool with everything else following. If you have a resume, you need a great resume. If you have a great resume, you need to post it on all the job-boards. If you have a great resume you’d be crazy NOT to send it to every job listing that looked somewhat relevant.
Isn’t that a good strategy? You have a great resume and you can search job-boards all day and ‘use’ that great resume to try to get the job.
No, it is not but that doesn’t stop most job-seekers from doing exactly that – and they are shooting themselves in the foot at the same time. Why? What could be wrong with this approach? It’s the most common strategy with job-seekers. Recent data shows that 5%-10% of job-seekers find a job by applying to an opening posted online and if you are white-collar/professional the numbers are more like 3%-5%. Put another way, most job seekers are spending most of their time following loosing strategies. It’s like trying to mow your lawn with a butter-knife, you can get your lawn mowed, but it is going to take much much longer than if you used a lawn-mower. So if you want a very long and frustrating job-search where you have little control over the outcome, then job boards are great. If you want to get a job then you need to do exactly that, go out and get it. Take control, look at real data as far as what works (and what doesn’t) and use a strategy that has a good chance of success. Or you can blame the pants (resume).
This is the standard networking question of time gone by. This is not the question you should be asking today, rather there should be a focus and purpose in your networking that overcomes this question. Two scenarios, the first is the traditional networking meeting, the second is networking 2.0. Continue reading
In recent weeks I have met a number of people who are unhappy with their current situation and are concerned about looking for something new in case “The Boss Finds Out”. Continue reading
From our friends over at thereifixedit.com