Use Good UX to Land That Interview

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Here’s a holiday gift for you, by way of a tip: for the love of all that is sensible, please include your resume and cover letter when you apply for a job.

I don’t know if not doing so is unique to the LinkedIn platform, of which I’m generally a fan; or unique to a certain class of professional (designers, I’m talking to you). Regardless, here’s how it goes down from the hiring manager’s perspective:    Read More →

5 LinkedIn Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

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Are you pleased with your LinkedIn profile? Sure, you probably are. After all, you’ve checked all the boxes: photo, succinct summary, detailed job history, etc. You’re even getting a few hits from recruiters. But there’s more to building a killer profile than just avoiding the common mistakes. As recruiters, LinkedIn is our first stop when searching for talent, and I’ve spotted five common LinkedIn mistakes that most people don’t realize they’re making.    Read More →

The Skinny on LinkedIn’s New Features


LinkedIn recently added a spate of new features to its Premium product. The updates promise better search results, bigger images, and a new analytics tool. But are these new hoops worth jumping through?    Read More →

You Don’t Need a Sneaky App to Hack LinkedIn

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LinkedIn banned SellHack, a browser plugin that claims to let users “hack” others’ profiles. This won’t stop the savviest networkers from doing exactly what the app did — without the nasty side effects.    Read More →

How to Get a Recruiter’s Attention


Inside every recruiter’s deleted mail folder are hundreds of messages from well-intentioned job seekers. Many of these remain unread. But recruiters aren’t evil people (usually). Hell, finding great talent for clients is how they get paid. So why does messaging a recruiter via email or LinkedIn so rarely generate a response?

Two reasons: 1) they’re swamped and 2) you’re probably doing it wrong. The crush of messages recruiters receive daily is staggering. They can’t possibly answer every one. But if you play the game the right way, recruiters will take notice.    Read More →

10 Dating Tips to Apply to Your Next Job Search

vintage photo of a bad dateJust like the job search process, dating can be a long dreary slog through a hellscape of unending frustration and disappointment tough. Finding the right one takes work, patience, and a high threshold for rejection. Fortunately, almost everything you know about dating can be applied to your next job search.

1. Applying online isn’t your best bet. Sure, there are thousands of jobs posted online. But there are also thousands of job seekers just like you vying for the posters’ attention. No matter how scrubbed up and attractive you look, or how much you match what they’re looking for, you might not catch a hiring manager’s eye. Networking is always your best bet for finding the right fit.    Read More →

7 Ways to Hack Your Job Search

vintage photo of a female mechanicYour resume is polished. You’ve been networking like mad. Your interview suit is even pressed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You’re also completely and totally exhausted. The job search is draining, and doing it right feels like a full-time gig. So why not hack your job search with these seven tips?

1. Search Your LinkedIn Connections’ Connections
Seeing who your 1st degree connections are connected to is a hassle, especially if you’re looking for a possible referral. Instead of clicking and scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling), use this free extension for Google Chrome and search those connections instead. Search by company, title, skill, or just about anything else that might appear on their profile.    Read More →

Now What? 5 Ways to Win the Job Search Waiting Game

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Waiting to hear back from recruiters and hiring managers who have the potential to change your career path is excruciating. No matter how confident you are about your professional brand, no matter how perfectly polished your resume is, no matter how perfect you are for the job, things feel utterly uncontrollable once your future is in someone else’s hands. Plus, it always takes longer than you think to secure new employment.

Every time I applied to a job on LinkedIn, I would spend the next hour — and sometimes the whole day — refreshing the “Who’s Viewed My Profile” page every two minutes to see if the hiring manager looked at my profile. I devoured any article that might entertain or distract me. I ran errands — any errands — for my friends, just to keep my mind off the applications I’d submitted. I wasn’t just waiting; I was wasting my time. If you’re going crazy while waiting for meeting confirmations from a recruiter, feedback from a hiring manager, or — ideally — an offer letter, these five quick tips can help you de-stress while you wait for a recruiter to call.    Read More →

7 Ways to Prepare for a Layoff

Vintage fallout shelter signDo you sense a disturbance in the force? Has the Fair Trade coffee in your office kitchen been replaced by Folgers? Have two VPs and the CMO left recently with no comment from the executive team? Has the HR manager has told you that they’re putting the search for your new business analyst “on hold?” Is your boss being sketchier than usual? If you answered “yes” to two or more of these items, then you’ve observed one of the 7 Signs That a Layoff is Coming. This is no time to get depressed or panic. This is the time to cowboy up and prepare for a layoff.

“But I’m great at my job!” you say. “I’m necessary! They can’t live without me!” Here’s the hard truth: no matter how great or necessary you are, you still cost money. And because you cost money, you need to assume that your name is on the list. The storm clouds are gathering, friend, and you should prepare to get wet.    Read More →

You’ve Got 6 Weeks Left to Find a Job in 2013. Here’s How.

Turkey dinnerYou’ve got six weeks left to find a job in 2013. Yes, you read that correctly. No matter how festive you may (or may not) be, vacation time starts November 15. Even though most people won’t start taking time off until the following week, no one is starting first-round interviews the week before everyone leaves.

Then December brings end-of-year meetings filled with annual summaries and budgeting exercises that often threaten to chop any open headcount. The December holidays? Those are a wash.

Unless you’re prepared to wait until the second week of January to start looking again, it’s time to kick your job search into high gear.    Read More →

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