When you go online to look for a job, where do you go? Well, in January of 2013, 62% of all U.S. job seekers went to Indeed.
For the past few weeks, I've been writing about changes in how people look for jobs. This week I interviewed local luminary Sharon Armstrong. Sharon has 20 years of experience as a human resources consultant, trainer and career counselor.
The hiring manager was emphatic, "Anyone who is too lazy to write a great cover letter is not worth considering." But as he said that, he and I both knew other hiring managers in his organization who never even glanced at cover letters. Were they too lazy to read them?
'Tis the season. The season to ask the question. You know the question. It's the "give up until next year" question. My phone rings every day with employers and job seekers alike asking me, "Should I even bother trying to interview now? Or should I just give up and wait to start fresh in January?"
Surfing job boards for your next job is like going to a Black Friday sale at Walmart — you are settling for what’s available to absolutely everyone, and you are competing with absolutely everyone to get it.
For most people, job hunting is uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and haphazard. It's really common for people to accept a mediocre job offer simply because they couldn't bear the thought of one more day of job hunting.
Job search experts tell you to build your professional network before you need it, but when you find yourself unexpectedly thrown into a job search, then what? In other posts, I’ve reviewed what to put in your resume and where to look for jobs, so I’m skipping those steps and going straight to how to jumpstart your networking...
If you haven't looked for a job recently, you might find that a few things have changed. Slapping together a resume and shotgunning it out to positions you saw posted online will usually result in ... nothing at all. Really. Don't bother.
After another grinding day on the job you say, “It’s time to update my resume and get the heck out of here.” So grab your old resume, paste in your current job, and send it out to positions advertised on the job boards.
Full stop. Don’t do this.