How to network with people at the company where you’re applying

Dana Manciagli

Question
I just found a few positions at a company I want to work for and I even know two people who work there. I was thinking of shooting the two people my resume. Is that what I should do next?

Advice from Career Mojo

Want the short answer? No! But let me be a little more helpful.
First, never, ever, ever send your resume alone when applying to a job (unless the company limits you to a strict template) or when networking for someone’s help.

Here’s a better way to handle it:

  1. Apply via the company website
  2. Write a personalized letter to each of your network contacts,
  3. Follow up with your contacts seven working days later.

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

Job candidates must be prepared for anything during an interview. That’s why Glassdoor has combed through tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year to compile its annual list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. 

“Do you believe in Big Foot?” View answers.
Asked at Norwegian Cruise Line. More Norwegian Cruise Line interview questions.       

 “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?” View answers.
Asked at The Zappos Family. More The Zappos Family interview questions.

“How lucky are you and why?” View answers.

“If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?” View answers.
Asked at Red Frog Events. More Red Frog Events interview questions.

“If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” View answers.
Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond. More Bed Bath & Beyond interview questions.


8 Of The Strangest Interview Questions Job Candidates Have Asked

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We’ve established that hiring managers ask some bizarre questions, but some job seekers have a surprising amount of chutzpah too.

If you’ve ever squirmed in an interview when your potential boss asks “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” then you know that some businesses are transforming the interview process as they seek to get past the well-rehearsed answers.
But hiring managers don’t have a monopoly on catching someone off guard. Not all interviewees are on their best behavior.
These brave current and former hiring managers are opening up to share the most eye-popping questions job candidates have asked them.

1. Can mom come, too?

6 Reasons Why Your Resume Isn’t Getting A Response

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It can be hard to ascertain if it’s your resume, the job market, or who knows what else when you’re job searching and your phone just isn’t ringing. I’m sure your mind begins to wander as you anxiously await an employer’s call or e-mail. Many job seekers have called us and said “I think it’s my resume, but I’m not sure ….” After reviewing their documents, I find myself telling them “Yes, it’s your resume” 99% of the time.

So, how do you know if it’s really your resume or if it’s something else? Here are a few reasons your why your resume isn’t getting a response:

1. It Still Has An Objective Statement

2. It Lacks Any Form Of Personal Branding

3. It’s Fluffy

4. Accomplishments Are Not Highlighted

5. Duties And Responsibilities Have Taken Over

6. Metrics, Facts, And Figures Are Nowhere To Be Found

The Next Step?




Out With The Old: Job Searching The 21st Century Way

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Yes, the job market is a saturated one – with more people seeking employment than there are positions available. In a time when unemployment is in the double digits in some areas, it can be agonizing to turn in application after application and never hear back. While the jobless numbers may be alarming, there are actually more opportunities out there than most people realize. It’s about knowing where to look and how to make yourself stand out among the sea of competition.

If you are still physically traveling from one place to another to enquire in person about a job opening, then you are missing on scores of potential opportunities with your name written all over them. This is not to say that you shouldn’t look for work in this manner; in fact, there are occasions when it would be appropriate to do so. However, it shouldn’t be your only way. Yes, there are some technophobes out there that still prefer the pre-Internet way of doing things, but one has to be willing to adapt to the technologies prospective employers are using to scout for the best talent.

Here are some tips for job searching the 21st century way:

1. Be Proactive Online

2. Get Friendly With Social Media

3. Make Your Application/Resume Stand Out Like A Diamond In The Rough

4. What If You Lack The Education/Experience?

Read how to implement each of these 4 ways and the complete Careerealism article

5 Things Recruiters Wish You Knew About Career Fairs

If you think career fairs are intimidating, you’re definitely not alone. In a recent survey of AfterCollege users, 26.1% said they’d never even attempted to go to one, and 38.5% said career fairs were too crowded and they couldn’t talk to the companies they were interested in.

We get it—you’re in a room full of people who have the power to make a decision that’ll influence the rest of your life (i.e. whether or not to hire you). No presh.

Seriously, though. You already know this is a high-stakes situation and it can feel like everything is out of your hands, but there are actually a few things YOU can do to improve your chances of making a connection and impressing your recruiter.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with a handful of recruiters from a range of industries including multinational corporations, non-profits, and federal agencies. They may recruit for very different types of jobs, but their descriptions of career fair experiences were all surprisingly similar. Here are a five little nuggets o’ wisdom I picked up from our discussion.

1. Your Appearance is a Reflection of Your Attitude

2. Listening is More Important Than Speaking

3. Try Not to Take Rejection Personally

4. You Have to Fight Your Own Battles

5. Recruiters Are People, Too