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Job Search Tip: Take Your Job Search Mobile - Vol 1

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"You always pass failure on the way to success." - Mickey Rooney

I was on my way to work today (commuting via public transportation) and when I looked up (from my mobile device), I noticed that almost everyone on the train who was looking at a mobile phone, Blackberry, tablet or eReader.

If you commute via public transportation, take a look and let me know what you see.

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Back To Basics: Blocking And Tackling

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I think too much.

I strategize too much.

I think about the thing and what might happen next and then branch into a flow chart of all sorts of possibilities.

It can be good that I can see likely outcomes and how to get there.

It is bad when I never start doing the thing.

Three quotes have jumped out at me in the past day and a half.

The first came from an old college friend and entrepreneur Darren Cox. We were talking about his startup UCaSTT and about my HireCast Consulting.

He could tell I was a little “wound up”, had some things on my mind and was doing a lot of thinking.

He told me:

"Stop thinking, start doing shit."

The second came in an article (I do not remember which one) that referenced a quote from Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness and Will Smith):

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Recruiting: OK, So What (Who) Are You Really Looking For?

I think I have had the following conversation every day at least twice a day for the past six months with clients, corporate Recruiter and HR friends and search firm colleagues.

Upon receiving a job order, job description or hiring summary:

ME: Huh

FRIEND: Huh... what do you mean “Huh”?

ME: This is... a lot

FRIEND: What so you mean?

ME: It seems you want someone who can fly (like Superman), speak 4 languages, juggle (while blindfolded) and have six pack abs.

FRIEND: (confusion)

ME: What or who are you really looking forward?

FRIEND: What do you mean?

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Bad Career Advice: No One Hires During The Holidays

Around this time every year I start to see the usual “the sky is falling” posts (mostly from “career advisors”) about how job seekers better get their resumes and profiles updated now and get a job before Thanksgiving because from then until the New Year nothing happens.

I call BS. This is a myth.

I am not going to link to the post that has my attention because I left a comment on the site and it is still in “moderation”. I doubt it will be approved but in case you are wondering if it was “inappropriate” I have a screen shot of it below.

You judge if I was being fair.

My issue with the post was a bulleted point that said between the holidays hiring “...generally comes to a screeching halt...”

No it does not.

Does it slow down? Yes, and there are many reasons for it including:

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Never, Ever Flush During A Phone Interview


Yeah I know, not exactly a topic I ever planned on writing about. Here is the back story...

Today on the HireFriday Twitter chat (#hfchat) my friend Steve Levy (@levyrecruits) tweeted:

never, ever flush during a phone inteview

With the amount of phone screens I do this happens to me 1-2 times a month (I am not flushing, I get flushed on).

UPDATED: it could be this happens to me more frequent as I tend to have a higher than average number of calls in the early morning, when folks are just getting home or late at night.

I know what you are thinking… who the hell does that?

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We Don’t Need More Jobs... We Need More Skilled Workers

I hope this title does not offend anyone. Here is what I am trying to say... companies across our country have jobs that are not being filled and we have workers looking for jobs.

The skills of those looking do not match the skills of the open jobs.

I am not laying blame on anyone for this because frankly everyone is at fault.

So should we create jobs to match the skills or... should we train to fill the jobs?

Clearly you can see that I lean towards the latter.

What happened to internships?

What happened to apprenticeships?

What happened to on the job training?

My opinion: we do not need a jobs program we need a training program.

So instead of sitting idle, instead of just watching this happen why do we not do something about it?

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Job Search Tip: Why You Need A Job Search Marketing Toolkit

"The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time Any fool can do it There ain't nothing to it Nobody knows how we got to The top of the hill But since we're on our way down We might as well enjoy the ride" - James Taylor

Imagine a new no calorie candy bar comes out that not only tastes like your favorite candy bar, but there are no calories and it eliminates fatigue (with no side effects). Unfortunately, you will most likely never hear about it.Why? Because the inventors of this candy bar feel that it's popularity should grow based on word of mouth. No advertising, no marketing plan. Isn't your job search the same? Don't you need to let people know who you are, what you do and that you are available? I think so, although others will disagree. So, why a marketing campaign? Most good marketing campaigns let their target market know about their goods and services so that they can increase brand awareness and market share.

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Job Search Tip: Is It Time To Rethink Your Job Search Strategy?

The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:

Conducting a job search can be a bit of a confusing experience.  If you have been looking for employment for weeks without an interview call, you’re likely to be thinking, “What could I be doing wrong?”

Sometimes, it’s that you need to make a few small tweaks to your resume—and other times, you need to completely overhaul your job search.  If you’re not getting any callbacks, there’s a good chance that you fall into the latter category.  So what can you do about it?

1. Clean Up Your Resume

Since your resume, aside from your application, is generally the first thing a company sees, taking steps to clean it up is a great starting place.  Look over your resume to ensure that there are no obvious errors like misspelled words, grammar or punctuation issues, or typos.  Then make sure that your font sizes and types are uniform.

After that, it’s good to make sure that you have created a fantastic headline/job target for your resume, along with a great career summary that highlights your best professional moments to date.  Also, don’t forget to use plenty of industry-geared keywords in your resume, and list all of your best qualities as close to the top of your resume (and within each section of the document) as possible.

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