About Job Seeking
Job Search Myths
Our culture has
perpetuated a number of job search myths,
which may be true in isolated cases, but
generally don't apply to the majority of job
market candidates and employers.
Unfortunately, these "old professionals'
tales" are insidious untruths which can
easily become self-fulfilling prophecies, if
you let them.
Perception VS. Reality
Have you and a friend,
colleague or spouse sometimes viewed the
same situation from very different
perspectives? Have you ever left an
interview sure you'd receive a job offer
only to never hear from the interviewer
again? Neither of these instances should be
too surprising. Any time people get
together, there is tremendous potential for
misinterpretation and miscommunication
because each of us has different experiences
and attitudes that affect our understanding
of reality. Unfortunately, this can be
particularly true in a job search situation.
Most Common Job Search Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
What are the
classic blunders even savvy professionals often make when
looking for a new position, what are their consequences, and how
can you avoid falling into their collective trap?
References to Help You Land a Job
seekers talk about references, they generally have lots of
opinions, but few convictions. Everyone agrees that references
play a role in landing a position, but hardly anyone knows
exactly what it is. If you are among the majority of
professionals who just aren't sure what to do or not do about
references, read on.
How to Work With Executive Recruiters
"I'm looking for a new job
and want to make the most effective use of
executive recruiters. Should I call them,
send my resume to selected ones and follow
up, buy a disk with their addresses and do a
major direct mail campaign or what? I don't
see how they can help me, if they don't know
How Do I Stay Motivated
During My Job Search?
"A recent layoff put me in a
job search mode again. The last time I
looked for a new position, it was really
hard to maintain my motivation. Do you have
any tips on what I can do to stay positive
Gather Information Before You Start Hunting
Information interviews are
critical to finding the right job. They are
mutually beneficial. The job seeker gets the
background he needs and the employer feels
good about her role in helping someone make
a critical life decision.
Defeating Job Search Blues
"It seems when you're out
there at first looking for a job, you have
energy and confidence. Then depression seeps
in as the time lengthens. How can you get
through the rough times without them getting
to you? Also, how do you keep your ego out
of the job hunt when rejections pile up?"
Job Hunting Advice
"I have recently been
recruited for a mid-managerial position with
a large property management firm in the
Southwest. Given that I'm an outsider, I'm
concerned about how to build good rapport
with the supervisors reporting to me, some
of whom undoubtedly think they should have
been offered my job. How do I go about
winning their respect and allegiance? "
Focus on Your Goals to Boost
Job Search Prospects
Even the best credentials can
be overlooked if employers don't know how
you would fit in.
Why Letters and Resumes Won't
Land You a Job
"I'm searching for a more
rewarding position. I've tried many tactics,
including sending three different resumes
and a sales letter. The resumes haven't been
very productive, but the sales letter has
produced several interviews and many calls.
How should I proceed?"
Why Taking a Lesser Job Can
Harm Your Career
Working in a position you're
completely overqualified for can erode your
self-esteem and complicate your job search.
Managing Your Time During a
Organize your workspace, set
deadlines and make lists
infamous "pink slip" arrived on your desk
two weeks ago. On Friday, your last day, you
picked up your mug and eight years worth of
momentos. Now it's Monday, and you've got
nowhere to go and nothing to do. You know
there is a position somewhere; the question
is how to find it.
How to Overcome Job Search
"After 15 years as a
geologist with a major oil company, I've
been terminated. Two months after my final
day on the job, I still can't believe I'm
unemployed. This kind of thing happens to
other people, not me. Why an I stuck in this
paralyzed state? How can I push myself to
get on with the job search I am guiltily
A Stalled Search Can Be Pegged to Attitude
If you view potential
employers as people who "hire the village
idiot," they may sense your negativity even
though you don't think it shows. Negativity is easily spotted
by perceptive recruiters.