Job Stuff 20

This is more or less a newsletter for job seekers like myself.  I try to find good job search strategies, bad job search strategies, pure BS and job related articles every week.  So far I’ve never run short.  Please pass this around. I’m not doing this for any reason other than the desire to help and communicate with other job seekers.  If you have any good links or stories, especially stories please comment.  If you want the story private, just put that in the comment and I will trash it and  not let it post.

“Everybody is on their own.”

We know.  Except when you try to get a job the companies want total commitment and ownership of your life.  You can have it one way or the other, but not both.  There’s also the problem that all the taxes, home ownership rules and credit is based on womb to tomb because most institutions haven’t gotten the news yet.

“How I landed 15 job interviews in 30 minutes.”

How I Landed 15 Job Interviews in 30 Minutes

This has some good ideas.  How well they will work in an ATS environment remains to be seen.

The #1 deadliest mistake?

Not really.  the deadliest mistake you can make is giving up.

What should you eat before an interview.  I would eat light and avoid things like five alarm chili with extra garlic.

What Should You Eat Before Your Job Interview?

And avoid drinking too much.

Why do they keep asking the same stupid questions?

If they didn’t think that they had a reason to hire you, you wouldn’t be talking to them.  Remember that and remember that you have unique skills and talents that make you what you are.  Why should they hire you?  You will make them money.  That’s the beginning, middle and end of the discussion.

The #1 best way to get a job?

That may be.  but what if your network doesn’t have anybody have anybody  in your target company?  What happens if you lose touch with people who might help?  How do you develop the right contacts if you don’t live in the same area as your target company?  How do you get around the ATS system when the company insists that you use it and it flushes you?  If the companies don’t want to cooperate with people and communicate, which seems to be the case all too frequently these days, the poor candidate is up the creek without a paddle.

Manufacturing is having a problem finding people.

Talk to Mike Rowe.

In this climate you ALWAYS have to be “layoff ready.”

Your “elevator pitch should be constantly evolving for different situations.

One good way is to volunteer at a small museum and talk to bunches of people including talking about yourself and see how they respond.

Too old to be hired? For what? a Pro sports player’s career ends at 45 or so.  Maybe if you work in a job that required heavy lifting. Still, my dad spent ten years at Walmart after age 70 and I’ve known plenty of people working jobs well past the typical retirement age.

When I think of all the wisdom and help I’ve experienced over the years from people working that were well beyond the expected retirement age I have to wonder what the thinking is behinds this. Thank you Bob Valley Sr, and Pete, Bob, Mr. Chen and a bunch of others who’s names I can’t remember even as I appreciate the wisdom you shared.


Five strategies for cover letters.

Seven things you should do on the morning of the interview.

Good stuff.  One thing you can do if you have time is do a dry run to the interview site before the interview day to make sure that you have all the kinks worked out.  There’s nothing like getting lost to really screw things up.

Some free workplace survival and job search resources.

I haven’t gone through these, but more is always better than less.

Liz Again.  How Junk Science set HR back.

I don’t think that the crap set HR back so much as the crap allowed HR to affirm itself.

Is your resume easy on the eyes?

the problem is that anything you do that improves readability may create problems with the machine reading part of the process.

How much you put on a resume is open to debate.  Frankly though put the last ten years or so on the front page, your major skills and that’s what will get read.

Anything beyond the first page probably won’t get read anyway. Think of a resume as advertising copy, because that’s what it is.

I don’t believe any of this.

Jackpot: How Recruiters And Candidates Win At Salary Negotiation

It’s referring to this.

All that stuff about being in the candidates corner.  In my extensive experience it’s all bs.

I’ve never been good at networking.

On the other hand you build your own network as life goes on.

The things you go through to get a job these days.

The anatomy of rejection.

Even when you know it’s going to happen rejection is tough. For me the constant rejections has always been the hardest part of the job search.  This one though, represents just pure bureaucratic stupidity.

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