“Holiday travel” isn’t exactly synonymous with “networking opportunities.” After all, you’re probably not thinking about your career while you’re wasting away in the terminal or wedged into an airplane seat the width of a Pringle. But believe it or not, holiday travel is a perfect opportunity for networking. It’s a great way to alleviate boredom and make some valuable contacts during an otherwise stressful ordeal. Before you book your next flight to the in-laws, grab these networking apps and make the trip productive. Read More →
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If a company needs you but they aren’t hiring for a role where you can shine, don’t let that stop you from pitching the idea. That’s the lesson that Hired Gun Ashley Milne-Tyte covered in November 10′s Metro. Our very own Top Gun Allison Hemming lent her expertise on the art of pitching a job, making the article a Hired Guns double whammy.
You can read the whole article over at Metro.us, but here’s a bit to wet your whistle:
You guys have some awful bosses. Seriously.
We got tons of stories, ranging from amusing to worrisome to alarmingly criminal. We laughed (schadenfreude is a great afternoon pick-me-up). We cried. We thought about alerting the authorities. But without further ado, the winning horrible boss story comes from reader Pasko1. Here’s a snippet:
How about my boss of 8-1/2 years? It wasn’t that he was a paranoid maniac who used to watch the dozens of security cameras remotely at his house — closed-circuit video of our office where no cash was stored and which had nothing more than beat up, second-hand furniture, off-brand computers, and about 100 of his disgusting deer heads and other things that he shot while on international hunting trips paid through the company checking account as, you guessed it, “business conferences.” … What really got to me was when he made me spend an entire day monitoring his wife’s phone usage on the Verizon Wireless website while he was going through his divorce. I then had to investigate each phone number that called her or that she called. I then had to do an ANALYSIS of each number, total minutes, total calls, and CHART THE BUSY PERIODS DURING THE DAY. Read More →
Halloween is tomorrow. While you steel yourself for an office filled with Walter Whites, zombies, and Miley Cyruses (Cyri?), why not tell us about the worst boss you’ve ever had? If you give us the most horrifying boss story of all, The Hired Guns’ resume expert will re-write your resume for you. We’ll call you, talk with you about your past accomplishments and current goals, and then give you a resume that’s sure to get you noticed. All you have to do is vent about your jerk supervisor. You know, just like you’re going to do at the bar later.
Be warned: the competition is stiff. The comments from our first post include a stalker, a psychopath, and a serial fraudster. We’ve also gotten email submissions about various nutjobs, creeps, and a few we can’t quite print. Think you can do better? Read More →
By now, most of us know that it’s a good idea to include a little intro at the top of your resume before diving into your experience. You’ve probably got one on your own resume. But is it the right kind? Or is it the dreaded “objective statement?” If so, your job search might be over before it even starts.
Somehow, people still use these. I read tons of resumes, from the entry level on up to C-level execs, and I’m routinely horrified by the fact that these are still in use. I’m even more horrified by what they usually say. Here are some examples that actual humans have put on their resumes:
- “To find a company that recognizes and rewards my exceptional product vision and gives me the resources and creative freedom to build something amazing.”
- “To use my terrifyingly high IQ to help you build your buisness” (Yep. “Buisness.”)
What — aside from being terrible — do these have in common? Each of them addresses the job seeker’s goals instead of advertising how their skills can benefit a particular company. Even the most well-crafted objective statements are little more than Christmas lists, filled with the shiny things job seekers want. Read More →
Natural Selection is an exhibition of new portraits of scientists and their skulls created from everyday materials. The artist, Noah Scalin, is the creator of the award winning Skull-A-Day project. He’s also our friend and a long-time Hired Gun. Check it out!
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Halloween is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with some scary stories? We’ve all worked for a monster or two along the way, and we want to hear your stories. Head over to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or the comment section below and tell us the scariest story about your horrible boss. We’ll run the whole bunch on Halloween.
And yes, there’s a prize.
To get your storytelling juices flowing, we asked some of The Hired Guns’ team for their most monstrous boss moments. Here’s what we got.
Jen Geller, our Talent Booker: “One of my very first bosses was a dangerously unbalanced news producer. When she didn’t get her way, she threw video tapes at people. Hard. Also, when her boyfriend dumped her, my job became helping her stalk him full-time. She ordered me to follow him to dinner to see who he was dating. She made me drive her by his house since he wouldn’t recognize my car. This lasted for an entire summer. It might have lasted longer if I hadn’t quit.” Read More →
Brett Martin co-founded Sonar Media in 2010. This article originally appeared on Medium.com.
For those unfamiliar, Sonar Media Inc. was a mobile app created to help make the world a friendlier place. Our mobile app buzzed in your pocket when friends were near and ushered in a new wave of “Ambient Social Networking” companies. Downloaded by millions of people all over the world, Sonar was promoted by Apple and Google in 100+ countries, won numerous awards such as runner-up at TechCrunch Disrupt and Ad:Tech Best Mobile Startup, raised nearly $2,000,000 from prominent angels and VCs, and was featured on more than 300 publications including the New York Times, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, and TIME.
And yet, we failed. Read More →
Jerry Shereshewsky calls himself “the last of the Mad Men.” His career started in the mail room at Young & Rubicam in 1969. Since then, he’s built a resume that reads like a who’s who of the biggest names in the marketing world. In 2010, he left his gig as CEO of Grandparents.com to found the digital marketing consultancy GrownUpMarketing. On Tuesday, October 29, Jerry and the team at GrownUpMarketing will hold their first annual Boot Camp for Digital Start-Ups conference here in New York. The Hired Guns sat down with Jerry to find out just why this conference is so necessary for digital entrepreneurs. Read More →
Marc Nation is The Hired Guns’ intrepid Talent Scout. He’s probably looked at your LinkedIn profile at least once. This is his attempt to help you understand what recruiters look for in a cover letter.
As The Hired Guns’ resident talent scout, I sift through hundreds of cover letters daily. Almost all are bad. There are a few extreme examples; one cover letter with photos of the candidate on horseback, while another was 27 pages long. Most cover letters, however, are generic, poorly written, or simply ineffective.
Applying to a job with a bad cover letter actually does you more harm than applying with no cover letter at all. So how do you make sure that your pitch does you more good than harm? Start with these five cover letter tips. Read More →