Everyone's face lights up when they see one of those little envelopes that are peculiar to "thank you" note cards - those tiny little 4 x 4 white envelopes with barely enough room to write a name and address on the front and a return address on the back.
A: It’s more than 25 words long. A sincere ad will as much try to screen people out as in. For example minimum requirements often means exactly that. If you don’t
know the difference between thermal underwear and a thermal coupler – you shouldn’t apply – chances are your transferable skills
won’t be enough. Sometimes it
really is rocket science.
It's okay to sell your strengths (and admit your
weaknesses), but recruiters prefer you back it up with hard facts, ROMA
Nothing in the job interview alerted Lorna Hegarty to the candidate's lie.
It was only after a routine check with the company where he worked
that she learned his term there was closer to 18 months rather than the
three years he had claimed. When Ms. Hegarty asked for an explanation,
the applicant said part of his working stint had been on contract. But
that also turned out to be untrue. Several awkward phone calls later,
his credibility fading fast, he withdrew his application.
Here are some of my
favorite phrases and what they
You probably think
What it really means
What you can do about it
Phrase: Self-starter You
probably think This job requires a great deal of initiative
it really means You’re on your own. Remember that old saying “sink or swim”.
Here’s where the rubber really meets
the road cause your on your own baby!
you can do about it Go to Google and run a search
with the name of the company as well as
the word resume. This will return
the resumes of people who used to work at the firm. Call them up and ask
them what it’s like to work there.
A: Job ads are designed to arouse your interest and
entice you to apply. So often times
it’s what ever goes – from the
“team” you’d work with to the technology or even the location. Recruiters always ask themselves what sets this opportunity apart from everything
else out there especially if the
job isn’t deemed to be glamorous. They're selling "sex" and "power".
In the middle of the Tech Wreck I wrote a best selling book on how to get a job. Following the launch of "Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters" I was besieged by tens of thousands of people who wanted my help finding them a job [that's not what I do for a living - that's what the book is for...]. There where a few people who offered to partner with me and one such person is Kevin Donlin - a master job hunting guerrilla and best selling author himself. I think you'll really enjoy this clip from his blog : GetHiredNow.tv A look tech idea for reaching your career and job hunting goals.
There are tons of stories throughout Guerrilla Marketing - many of which came form successful job hunters who use ExecuNet. Here's just one of them provided by Lauryn Franzoni, Execunet's Managing Director [and a real class act]. Now, in her own words.
"A methodical strategy paid off for this ExecuNet member who was very active in her local human resources groups. She contacted the national headquarters for the names of local chapter presidents, and mounted a campaign of contacting each one every two months. Her persistence paid off when she received an offer. "
Proving once again, that a direct line is often the shortest distance between two points.
I know this sounds like heresy but there's method in my madness. Call the personnel department of the companies on your target list. Ask their manager or recruiter what outside agency or third party recruiting firm they use. Why? For two strategic reasons,
You can become recognized and branded as an industry expert by writing and producing a newsletter. All you really need to do is summarize best practices - add your experience or comments - print and mail it.
I was absolutely flabbergasted by the
creativity of some of the recruiters and career counselors who answered
our call for "War Stories". Tales of success from job hunters stepped
beyond the ordinary to reach their goals. Here's one of those stories compliments of Ross Macpherson who's President of Career Quest in
Toronto, Ontario, www.yourcareerquest.com. BTW, Ross is a first class
career coach and innovator. Now, in Ross's own words.
worked with one client who specialized in retail merchandising (POP,
planagrams, etc). After developing her resume, we discussed putting
together a targeted job search campaign to go after some of the bigger
players in retail. While working out her "unique selling proposition"
simply put, the dramatic changes we're witnessing in the global marketplace for talent mean that the tried-and-true methods of finding a job are no longer enough. Of course traditional networking and good old fashioned resumes should remain a solid part of your plan, but they won’t provide you with an adequate amount of exposure to all the potential employers who should know about you. It's a fact that most people’s job searches fail or take way too long because they can't get on the radar of the right hiring manager - the one who has a job you want AND can actually hire you. Essentially, most people fail to get noticed by the tight people. But the fact of the matter remains clear - being noticed or "found" is the key to getting the interview and the interview is THE key to getting hired. Most job hunting books today fail to move the job hunters quest forward because they skip the part between “designing a resume” and actually getting “the face-to-face interview”. You know what i'm talking about -the setting up of the first meeting part! That’s one of the areas where Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters excels. Feel free to read through the postings on www.gm4jh.com and listen to the podcasts - you may discover a few ideas you can use in your job search today.
The interviewer probably needs to know if you're introverted or extraverted with this kind of question You're best off answering " It depends on the circumstances." Let them explain more and put your answer in context with the position. Are you being interviewed for a sales position or executive secretary.... it matters.