5 Articles All Job Seekers Should Read This Week

By Bill Hartnett

Some weeks you just can’t win. It starts out bad and gets worse. Job leads disappear. Sure things crumble. Emails go unanswered. Interviews go badly. The clock is ticking. Then, self doubt rushes in and your mind starts spinning. Here we go! I am under-qualified. I am over-qualified. Too young. Too old. My resume sucks. I can’t write a cover letter to save my life. All my haters are right. I am truly a loser. I will never work again.

Stop. Stop. STOP!! Yes, job search can be a lonely, miserable time. Yes, your self-esteem and wallet suffer. Yes, you want to scream and shout and blame everyone.

But…

Only YOU can take charge of your job search. Don’t let rejection define you. Don’t listen to all the chatter. Make a choice to put all that negative noise in a box, close the lid, tape it shut and put it on the shelf. It will be there waiting for you…if you choose to take it back down.

Here are five great articles I read this past week that can help you defeat the crippling doubt and move with passion and purpose toward your next gig.

Brazen Careerist logo

Here’s What’s Really Holding You Back From Your Dream Career

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How to Pursue a Career That Makes You Proud

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The Heart and Soul of the Job Search


Find out more about each of the first 3 articles, articles 4-5, and the complete jobs.aol article

In 5 Steps: This is Exactly How You Ace the Job Interview

by Work Coach Cafe

As part of my research for a book, I interviewed many recruiters. And in one of them, with the head of recruiting for a technology company (we’ll call him “Joe” in this post), it was emphasized that the biggest problem for job seekers is the actual job interview process.

Unfortunately, Joe frequently sees job seekers who have done all the right things to get to the interview, but then they blow it in their interviews.

They get up to bat (the interview), but they strike out rather than hitting a home run.

How does a job seeker avoid striking out? By following this 5-step process:

1. Thoroughly Research the Company

2. Research the People

3. Prepare Questions

How to “Woo” a Recruiter and Land Your Dream Job

Struggling to find your significant other the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? If I may make a suggestion: woo a recruiter. Stop scratching your head and let me explain.

Work-related stress is a leading cause of relationship squabbles. While landing your dream job won’t resolve all relationship woes, it will give you and your significant other one less thing to squabble over, and as a result, likely improve your relationship. So, do yourself and your loved one a favor this Valentine’s Day: woo a recruiter!

So how do you do that? For insights from the trenches, we turned to popular recruiting site Recruitingblogs.com, and asked recruiters, “What should job seekers do to woo you?” Here’s what they had to say:

11 ways to help your job search in 5 minutes

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You may not think you have enough time to make progress in your job search. But if you’ve got five minutes, you can move your search forward with any of these 11 actions:

1. Replace the objective statement. 

2. Connect with your network

3. Update your social profiles.

4. Conduct research.

See more about the first 4 ways, all 11 ways, and the complete TheWorkBuzz article

6 Small Resume Changes That Have a Big Impact

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If you’re sending out résumés and not getting many calls to interview, there’s a good chance that your résumé is the problem. If you’re like most people, your résumé could use some work – and like most people, you’re probably not sure where to start.

But you probably don’t need to start from scratch. You can often significantly improve your résumé by just making a handful of changes. Here are six small changes you can make that will have a big impact.

1. Get rid of the objective.

2. Add a profile section to the top of your résumé. 

3. Focus on work accomplishments, not job duties.

Find out more about changes 1-3, changes 4-6, and the complete US News article

6 Tips To Ace Your Phone Interview

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If your resume has made it into the ‘YES’ pile, then the first thing a company will do is a phone screening. The purpose of this is to test your communication skills, and to do a quick check of your skills and experience to determine if it’s worth bringing you in for an interview.

Here are six important tips that will make sure you ace your phone interview:

1. Be Prepared

2. Research The Company And The Interviewer

3. Exude Energy And Interest




If your resume has made it into the ‘YES’ pile, then the first thing a company will do is a phone screening. The purpose of this is to test your communication skills, and to do a quick check of your skills and experience to determine if it’s worth bringing you in for an interview.
Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/phone-interview-tips-ace/#Bt2Ql7Aqu5LVGX2a.99