Everyone’s busy. But you’re crazy busy. You have literally more work to do today than any human could possibly accomplish. On top of that, your car needs an oil change, you need to cook dinner, and you still have to make time for the kids. You’re not the first person to face this dilemma, but you might be one of the few who handles it like an economist. The New York Times recently addressed the economic principal of comparative advantage and the benefits of outsourcing the tasks that don’t provide value.
From the article:
Embracing the D.I.Y. ethos is (wrongly) perceived as evidence of thrift or even moral virtue. A personal chef is the sort of luxury people associate with hedge-funders, Europeans with several surnames and oil sheikhs. Still, you need not be an heiress to benefit from paying for a personal assistant or gofer of some kind. From an economist’s perspective, it’s similar to taking out student loans: an investment in your future earning potential. Yet few outside the field see it that way. Read More →
A month ago, I wrote that you’ve got six weeks left to find a job in 2013. If you took that advice to heart and got your job search in gear, you can probably skip this article. But since you probably didn’t, I’ve got some good(ish) news: you still have a shot at ditching your current gig for greener pastures before the year ends. Believe it or not, you can still get hired in Q4.
While most companies will have closed the books on open headcount by early December, some hiring managers are still searching for talent until the last minute. These creatures are elusive, but if you know what to look for, you might spot one in the wild. If you snoozed through October and just can’t bear the thought of sticking around until March for your bonus, this one’s for you. Read More →
Most hiring managers and recruiters will only give your resume a few seconds’ attention. Their inboxes are bursting with the things, so time is short. On top of that, hiring managers have their own jobs to do in addition to selecting and interviewing candidates. With so much competition and so little time to make an impact, keywords are critical. One of the easiest ways to see what your resume says about you at a glance is to make a resume tag cloud with TagCrowd. Read More →
Most people think that managing your career means carving out a weekend afternoon and spending quality time with your laptop, grinding away at your resume or scouring job boards. There was certainly a time when this was true. (OK, this was true until maybe about two years ago. You get where I’m going here.) These days, however, you can manage your career from the coffee line or, better yet, from inside one those interminable meetings your boss is so fond of. These 10 career apps can help you find jobs, bolster your network, and develop mobile-friendly personal marketing collateral. Read More →
I usually love training people on digital best practices, but I’ve often felt that I’ve met my match when trying to convince sometimes-recalcitrant print editors to embrace SEO. Fortunately, Google’s Hummingbird just made my life easier.
Experienced editors often resist SEO because they misunderstand it and feel threatened by it. They think that “marketers” — a four-letter word to many editorial types — have no right to be telling them what to do. They are used to having their judgment respected and not compared to metrics (not that they actually believe the numbers anyway). They also tend to think that the kind of straightforward language that plays best in page titles and online headlines is uncreative or even dumb. Yes, the word “dumb” has been used on me.
I learned my lesson quickly. 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 →
Sooner or later, you’re going to be laid off.
Not because you’re not working hard enough, not because you’re not staying late enough, and not because you don’t do great things for your company and your team. You’re going to be laid off because rapid growth and equally rapid contraction is the new norm for businesses, especially those in the digital world. You can’t prevent it, but you can see it coming.
Early in my career, I was laid off from a publishing job. I should have seen it coming and prepared myself for it, but I didn’t. I was young and naive. I thought that as long as I did good work, my job would be safe. It wasn’t.
Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to survive multiple rounds of layoffs in publishing and digital. Over time, I learned to see them coming. While that didn’t make them any less nerve-wracking, it did teach me to prepare myself each time for getting the bad news. I know that my number will come up again, and I don’t intend to be caught off guard. Neither should you. 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 →
An invitation to a short interview isn’t a sign of disrespect or disinterest. It’s simply a sign that your interviewer — probably your potential boss — is swamped and starved for time, which is very likely the reason they need to hire you in the first place. So instead of becoming annoyed or terrified when a company wants to do a speed date interview with you, embrace it. Organizing your thoughts in advance and being able to turn a rushed meeting into a productive learning session for you and your employer is the key to advancing to the next round. Here’s the strategy I’ve used to coach hundreds of candidates to success in even the shortest of interviews. Read More →
For me, the first day back after Labor Day always feels more like the start of a new year than January 1. With everyone (and it does seem like quite literally everyone) back from summer vacation and Q4 looming, the start of September always marks a renewed focus on work. With that in mind, I’d like to share some of my secrets to a successful September. Read More →