Don’t Be THAT Guy: 6 Job Search Behaviors to Avoid

by Glassdoor

You’ve heard it a million times… the job market is competitive, and the economy still uncertain. In that environment it’s tough to maintain your poise and hope as a job seeker, right?

With that said, you can take targeted, positive and actionable steps to create positive results for yourself. Below, we’ve listed six unhealthy job search habits that will make your job search more difficult. So, avoid these…

1. Staying in Your Pajamas All Day

2. Being Constantly Plugged In

3. Badgering or Annoying People

13 Holiday Job Search Networking Tips You Need To Know


Holiday Networking ‘Naughty’ Tactics To Avoid

1. Focusing only on your search needs.

2. Asking for jobs, information, or leads without first offering to give one or more of the same first. 

Holiday Networking ‘Nice’ Strategies

1. Attending a wide variety of holiday events and be prepared to make connections. 

2. Asking for jobs, information, or leads without first offering to give one or more of the same first. 

12 Fast-Growing, High-Paying Jobs In 2014

What are the hottest jobs of 2014?

CareerBuilder teamed up with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to identify the occupations that grew by at least 7% from 2010 to 2013, are projected to grow in 2014, and pay at least $22 per hour.

1. Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software

2. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

3. Training and Development Specialists

6 Tips for Staying Flexible in Your Job Search


Wouldn’t it be great if everything just stayed the same for awhile? It is tiring to have to learn how to use a new smartphone or figure out the latest gadget. In a world that changes quickly, you have to learn to keep morphing, adjusting and adapting to stay current and marketable. The job search is all about adapting and adjusting to yield positive results.

1) Your career is in beta mode.
2) Master more than you think you need.
3) The résumé isn’t dead…yet.
4) More mixed signals on résumés.
5) Try, try and try again.
6) Change your outlook.

Read the full US News article

8 Job Search Goals Before The End Of The Year – Job Search Advice

For job seekers, it may feel like you can use December to take a break in your job search, but you absolutely should not. It’s almost the end of 2013, so it’s time to make these last few weeks count. One month is plenty of time to set some short term goals and see them through. You may even get to bring in the New Year with a new job.

Here are eight things you can accomplish in your job search before the end of the year:

1. Subscribe to 1-3 industry publications. Look for blogs, magazines, and other publications specific to your industry. For example, PR News and Mashable are popular in the public relations industry. Subscribe to daily or weekly email updates (or something along those lines) from a few of the publications in your industry to keep up with the latest news and trends.

2. Learn one new hard skill. With new technology every day, you will never be finished learning new hard skills. Dedicate the last month of this year to learning one new skill. If you’re still a student, your university can probably provide you with the materials you need. If not, there are lots of tutorials online for learning new skills and software. Look for something that will benefit your job search and get started.

3. Polish your resume. As the year winds down, take some time to reflect on the things you’ve accomplished this year. New jobs and internships, surpassing goals for projects you worked on, and leading teams are all great experiences to add to your resume. You never know when you’ll meet someone who wants to help you land a job. It’s important to make sure your resume is always up to date.

4. Attend one mock interview. If you have the means, it’s a good idea to set up a pretend job interview. These won’t have specific industry-related questions, but they’re great for practicing your answers to the most common job interview questions. Your interviewer will be able to point out your strengths and weaknesses, so you can improve before the real thing.

Goals 5-8 and the complete Glassdoor article

Avoid These 10 Job Hunting Mistakes – Job Search Advice

by Heather Hawkins

If you’ve been on the job hunt for any length of time, you know how frustrating it can be if you seem to “hit a wall” with a particular hiring manager. You may even feel like all the jobs you’ve applied to have begun to blur together and you can’t tell one hiring manager from the next.

So imagine what it must be like for the hiring managers themselves. Especially in this economy, when there may sometimes be hundreds of applicants for a single open position, it may be difficult to tell applicants apart. But one thing is certain. There are some mistakes that get the attention of hiring managers, mistakes you can’t afford to make if you hope to find a good job.

SavvySugar put together this list of 10 things hiring managers hate about you to help you avoid some common pitfalls that hiring managers everywhere are tired of seeing. Check it out!

Thesaurus Overload

You can create a resume that sounds intelligent without using words bigger than you. Use the thesaurus for keyword inspiration and variations, but leave out the words that sound like you’re trying too hard.

Being Too Negative

Do ask about why the person who used to fill the position left the job, but don’t ask about the most common complaint about the job. That’s completely subjective anyway and makes a negative impression.

When You’re a Pushy Patty

Persistence is only a virtue if it’s not irritating, so hold back on the aggressive follow-ups. Getting in touch with the hiring manager excessively makes you seem desperate.

Not Managing Your Online Profile

How many times do they have to say it? Hiring managers will look up all of your online profiles, and yes, they will look through your pictures. Don’t be a disappointment and waste their time; clean up your online presence. 

Mistakes 5-10 and the complete article