Job Search Tip of the Day:                                          By                             Marshall J Karp MA NCC ...
Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of the best people to network with are the vendorswhere you buy and shop. Whether they gen...
Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview question, what doyou know about us, there are businesses ...
Job Search Tip of the Day: To be successful is something that is hard to describe, youhave to do it and live it. Getting a...
networking. This is not natural and uncomfortable, but it may get better and you onlyneed to do it until someone hires you...
explain the circumstances are often times more baffling to an prospective employer thanbrilliant. Ambiguous and vague stat...
Job Search Tip of the Day: If you have to apologize to start off a cold call, warm call,information interview or hiring in...
Unfortunately, I suggest joining the club, playing the game, and staying focused. Youhave to display the good attitude the...
eventually figure it out, but the trial and error it took has been done long ago by manyothers. It will save you time, eff...
Job Search Tip of the Day: Just when you think you have heard it all or professionalstandards cant sink any lower. Guys, d...
Job Search Tip of the Day: Good sign in a job interview, they are asking you softballquestions as they are looking for rea...
even if it were offered to you, but there are positive reasons for you to go. Perhapsdown the road, another time, make a c...
are the sales type, but if you are not, you could end up spending quite a bit of your owntime, cash, and resources. Unless...
Job Search Tip of the Day: When you are at a loss to answer an interview question, itis perfectly appropriate to ask for a...
vouch, 2) walk-in, present well, and hand your resume to them, 3) call them, give your30 second speech, and call attention...
Job Search Tip of the Day: When you are applying through a third party companyrecruiter, you still have follow-up options....
done, you have just written your ideal job description. The only problem now is what isthe job title(s) and you will need ...
Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are asking expert after expert their opinion on yourresume and you still think your resu...
Job Search Tip of the Day: If you think you have come to the end of the road and donot know where to apply to, try googlin...
Job Search Tip of the Day: If you can make job hunting your full time job, so much thebetter for you, but I like to see pe...
Job Search Tip of the Day: It is important when you get those flashes of job huntingcreativity about people, places, or po...
Job Search Tip of the Day: It sure does help to have some positive influence to bethere for you when you are going through...
Job Search Tip of the Day: Regarding the interview question, why are your applyingfor this job?, if you have a personal re...
have and not what you do not have. Some of you are running into job search fatigueand the time off should help and do you ...
Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview question, why do youwant to work here, what do you do if ...
Job Search Tip of the Day: Rejection is to be expected, but rudeness can really sting.Here you are out there trying and it...
have the luxury of holding out. These are times when you may have to step somewhatout of your comfort zone and hope that g...
Maybe you are asking the wrong question? Maybe you should go ask the experts howto make the best use of your resume?Job Se...
your area. Perhaps, you will find businesses you never thought of or knew about to helpyou keep going.Job Search Tip of th...
Job Search Tip of the Day: Are suffering a job related repetitive motion and stressinjury? Are you cycling through doctor ...
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  1. 1. Job Search Tip of the Day: By Marshall J Karp MA NCC LPC Career CounselorJob Search Tip of the Day: As far as getting through to a hiring decision maker, youcould try the direct approach of calling and asking for them by name with a confidenttone in your voice, like you are expecting to talk with them. This might improve yourchances, but just be sure to know how to represent yourself well so you are not wastingyour time and theirs.Job Search Tip of the Day: There are people out there who believe that no one isunemployable and work to that end and there are people out there whose job it is toprovide a legal definition that one is unemployable and will work to that end. Just besure of which group you are dealing with.Job Search Tip of the Day: You do have to be mindful of the cost of gasoline, but youdo need to schedule meetings and take those shots in the dark. It could be that they areso far out of the way, no one has thought about approaching them either. You neverknow when taking that chance to drive a little farther might just work out.Job Search Tip of the Day: Close questions at the end of an interview are to seewhere you stand, but closing questions are important to get meetings. When employerswant you to give them some time or say they will get back to you, there are times youneed to pin them down on when to expect that or when you should call back. Beingpersistent and continuing to close leads to interviews.Job Search Tip of the Day: Sometimes, you can answer directly to what you know theinterviewer wants to hear and sometimes you just have to be yourself and answer withwho you are. The who you are part comes down to whether you are a match for whatthe interviewer has in mind. There is no right or wrong here, it is expressing your valuesand hoping the company is looking for those standards.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you have never been happy with your work and you donot know what else you can do, you might want to consider taking some careerassessments. Assessments are useful at help you figure out your interests, skills,values, strengths, weaknesses and can point you to good matching positions. You couldgo to a career counselor, but there are some basic ones online.Job Search Tip of the Day: There are times you do the right thing, you follow everyrule and your training, but someone makes you look bad, and it costs you a job. First,stop beating yourself up and feeling guilty over doing right, you had no other recourse.Second, do what you can to get it into the interview, briefly explain, tell what youlearned, and someone will understand and hire you.
  2. 2. Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of the best people to network with are the vendorswhere you buy and shop. Whether they genuinely care or just out of customer serviceand/or loyalty, they should try to do whatever they can to help you with your job huntwith names and leads. Some can even be a real source of encouragement during toughtimes.Job Search Tip of the Day: Job hunters, if your helping professional teaches you toapply online for jobs, ask them what happens if you do not get any interviews? I thinkthis is a fair question as the job hunt is a series of adjustments along the way leading tointerviews and an offer. If their answer is you just keep applying on line, you may wantto look for help elsewhere.Job Search Tip of the Day: Just real basic, if you set up an information interview or ajob search meeting with someone a few days or a week or so ago, you might want tocall, email, or text a meeting confirmation to them. It could save you time from sittingalone in a restaurant and/or gasoline expense driving to the meeting place.Job Search Tip of the Day: Job hunting is tough and really watch what you eat duringthe time you are off work. Obviously, you are down emotionally, you are less active, andsometimes the only comfort you find is in chocolate and junk food. You know there is areal difference between holding out for a occasional reward snack and giving in touncontrolled eat habits.Job Search Tip of the Day: Today, review every contact you have made and follow-upwith them. If no response, give them three tries this week, voicemails, emails, stop-bys,texts, etc. then move on. You just cannot continue to solely make new contacts nor canyou continue to beat a dead horse.Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of you have experienced connecting in theinterview, even respect, but have you ever felt you were intimidating the interviewer?Here you are bringing your best, but you feel like you overshot the runway. Strangewhen you both know that you are the best candidate for the job, but you just do notmeet some unspoken agenda.Job Search Tip of the Day: I like the O*Net and the Occupational Outlook Handbookfor career resources, but it is amazing how useful that old Dictionary of OccupationalTitles is. I still go to it for capsule summary job descriptions, concise physical demandratings, and quick specific vocational preparation levels. In this technological age, theDOT still has its place.Job Search Tip of the Day: Two things if you have an upcoming job interview, youmust practice and you must know what to practice to do your best. What to practice iscommunicating your background that relates to the position in answering questions.Practicing is taking the time to rehearse either alone or with someone your responsesover and over again until you feel confident.
  3. 3. Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview question, what doyou know about us, there are businesses that do not have a website and you could callor go to the company for your answers. Talk to the receptionist, tell them you areprepping for your interview and ask what they do, company information, and a brochure.This may be perceived as real interest on your part.Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of you job hunters, watch out that you are notprojecting your feelings of anger, depression, hopelessness, and helplessness on thosearound you. You might find yourself alone with no one to talk to and no support system.You know people that do not like to be around angry and gloomy people, so watch whatyou say to those closest to you and trying to help you.Job Search Tip of the Day: It is tough when you are newly relocated and job huntingand your main problem is that you have no contacts or connections in the area. Yourbest chance of success is to develop contacts by doing information interviews or jobhunter initiated job search interviews. Not saying you cannot get lucky, but it alwayshelps to know or get to know the right people.Job Search Tip of the Day: Have you ever had an interview start with an employersaying that you were overqualified? If so, then you really better go to work convincingthe employer that you are the best person for the position, this is what you really want todo, and you will stay there. You have to do what you can to persuade the employerdifferently and it can be done.Job Search Tip of the Day: Following up can save you by finding out that your email ofapplication went into the junk or spam file and the intended person never received it. Inthat event, you can send it again and at least give yourself a chance.Job Search Tip of the Day: Crash Interview Prep occurs when you get a sudden callfor an unexpected now or never right away interview. If this is a phone interview, youcan bring up website information on the fly for teleprompting. With an in-person, it is afrantic get yourself ready and together and a fast mental rehearsal on the way to thelocation to do the best you can in the time you had.Job Search Tip of the Day: Focus more on over-selling yourself on applications asmost people under-sell their experiences, education, and skills. Always remember, notenough information on applications is bad, but too much information is good. You maybe hurting your chances by not providing the employer enough critical job relatedinformation.Job Search Tip of the Day: As far as leading off your resume with a summarystatement, if that is your number one major selling point, then lead with it. If yournumber one selling point is your education or experience, then you better lead with that.You want employers to first glance at your major job related strength, so it could be asummary statement, but it may be something else.
  4. 4. Job Search Tip of the Day: To be successful is something that is hard to describe, youhave to do it and live it. Getting away from the computer and getting out everyday in anattempt to talk with one hiring authority a day, may seem uncomfortable and strange tomost of you. However, job hunters say after a month or six weeks that they see theneed for this strategy and they adjust to it.Job Search Tip of the Day: If delegating your job search totally out to a recruiter or asocial service employment worker is working, fine. If you are relying solely on someoneelse and nothing is happening, then you better change strategies. You would do well tostart making your own calls and networking because in the end, the ultimateresponsibility for who is to get you a job is on you.Job Search Tip of the Day: When absolutely nothing else is working, you should bedoing the cold calling/information interviewing, not trying to find another person to getyou a job. Way too many of you run all over putting your hope and faith in someone elseto do the job hunt for you. If you had put that much effort into making contacts, youmight well have been employed by now.Job Search Tip of the Day: You will be very emotional to get an job offer but do try toconcentrate on the terms of the deal. You really do not want any unpleasant surprises ofduties you did not know about or pay you thought was supposed to be there. You canremind people of promises and hope they honor them, but it is always best to get thearrangement worked out ahead of time.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you know that you can solve a huge money problem foran employer, you can try to meet with the employer, explain your expertise, and make aproposal with how you will solve the problem. You can try to make a job where there isno opening, it does happen on occasion. It would best to go in with the proposal inwriting, too, but it can be done.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you can do it, every line on your resume should have apurpose. There is no room for wasted expression and just putting things on a paper withno plan or reason is not the way to right a resume. A quality resume is something youlabor over and get some help if you find you cant.Job Search Tip of the Day: Young people, contrary to what you may hear and see,there are still entry level job opportunities, you just have to know where they are andhow to get them. Your problem may be that no one ever showed you how to properlyjob hunt. You can get help from the countless internet material, podcasts, videos, andwebinars as there really is a way to do thisJob Search Tip of the Day: You cant just read or watch how to get a job, you have togo out and get a job. This is especially tough for you introverts, so you need to forceyourself onto the phone to set appointments and force yourself to present your best with
  5. 5. networking. This is not natural and uncomfortable, but it may get better and you onlyneed to do it until someone hires you.Job Search Tip of the Day: When it comes to online applications, you really want toload up on the attachment section. Besides your resume and cover letter, attach lettersof recommendation, certificates, T-Letters, sample papers/photos, and/or anything tostrengthen the case for the employer to call you. This is all under the concepts ofworking hard and giving it your best shot.Job Search Tip of the Day: The interview went horribly wrong, so now what? Damagecontrol is send the thank you anyway, you might not have done as bad as you thought,and learn from the experience. Did you just have a bad day which can happen toanyone or was it lack of preparation and you will know and do better next time?Job Search Tip of the Day: The main problem with some of you is you have not had tolook for work in 15, 20, 25 years or so. Having to look for work is tough enough but thelonger away from it you have been, the longer the learner curve. Still, job hunting issomething that can be learned at any age so continue on and maybe get someprofessional to get through this faster.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you really need a job, and you have a job, do not quit thejob you have and need in anticipation of a new job offer. I have seen a few people dothis and get caught in the middle when the anticipated new job opportunity fell throughand their previous job was already filled. It would be best to work your present job to theend should the unexpected happen.Job Search Tip of the Day: When a friend or relative is helping you get in to theircompany, your application process should be straight up and business-like. Resist thetemptation to personalize and appeal to the relationship aspect. Who they are to youpersonally and their role at work may be entirely different and you need to treat this on aprofessional basis.Job Search Tip of the Day: Because you dont see advertised openings doesnt meanthere arent openings. Because you dont know anyone who can help doesnt meanthere arent people who can help. Because you dont see a way out of your situationdoesnt mean there isnt a way. Because you dont know how to get a job doesnt meanyou cant get a job.Job Search Tip of the Day: Even a job hunter can’t be in two interviews at once, soyou may need a delaying tactic to keep one of the interviews from starting on time, butdoesn’t cancel the interview all together. It’s all about technical difficulties, so hack intothe company computer system and push the second scheduled interview back a fewhours. (April Fools)Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of you are better off to write "Will Discuss inInterview" on the application when asked why you left your last job. Your attempts to
  6. 6. explain the circumstances are often times more baffling to an prospective employer thanbrilliant. Ambiguous and vague statements often raise doubts and serve to complicateyour cause and hurt chances of an interview invitation.Job Search Tip of the Day: Why do employers have panel interviews? It saves time,spreads the hiring responsibility around, and, more importantly, it spreads the hiringaccountability around. One can get fired over hiring the wrong person, but it would betough to fire the entire upper level team.Job Search Tip of the Day: You job search professional be aware, not everyone whosays they do not want to work, does not want to work. Unfortunately, the opposite isequally true, not everyone who says they want to work, wants to work.Job Search Tip of the Day: You have heard the old saying, never leave a job until youhave a job, but that can be tough, lonely, and difficult. Being in a terrible job situationcan be the most stressful situation in the world, but you never know how long it takes offind something else. Hopefully, you have a support network to see you through, so keepdoing your job and keep trying to escape.Job Search Tip of the Day: For those of you who cannot get out of bed because youcannot get motivated, get up so you can get motivated.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are satisfied with your resume and receivedgenerally good feedback, do not scrap it based on the comments of one critic. If you candefend your work and justify why you included what you wrote, you may want tocontinue on with what you have. Blowing up the whole thing and starting from scratch isan early-on option based on a general consensus of opinions.Job Search Tip of the Day: Whether or not to include a further back work or educationexperience on a resume is sometimes playing the percentages. Will the pros outweighthe cons, will the risk better your prospects for the reward? Contrary to some opinion,there are times when downplaying it might not be the best strategy, so go ahead, put itdown, and take your chances.Job Search Tip of the Day: Even though your company is long gone and you have noway of getting in touch with your former employers, you can still talk about anyaccomplishments from there in your interviews and on your resumes. I know you areasking the interviewer to take your word for it, but there are believability and sincerityfactors at play here, too.Job Search Tip of the Day: For those of you who cant get a job because you donthave experience, but how are you supposed to get experience unless you get a job, youstand a chance if you are getting interviews. In interviews, anything can happen andoccasionally, inexperience gets hired. Go heavy on the networking, contacting, andinformation interviewing, but you have to get the interviews.
  7. 7. Job Search Tip of the Day: If you have to apologize to start off a cold call, warm call,information interview or hiring interview, you are not off to a good start. Some of you aredoing yourself in right out of the gate and dont even know it. Now come-on, lets lookappropriate and professional when you are meeting anyone in your job hunt.Job Search Tip of the Day: You ladies who have put your careers on hold to raise yourfamily have made a priceless investment in the lives of your children. It will be difficultgetting back in the workforce, but it is difficult for everyone. It might help if you approachjob hunting as you have done something wonderful and beautiful, but it is time to moveon to something else.Job Search Tip of the Day: College grads, please do not use slang in a job interview.Unknowingly, you are probably bringing your maturity and the professional level of thediscussion down. Employers have a higher expectation of college graduates and youreally want to be considered as the candidate who raised the standard and measure.Job Search Tip of the Day: If a government grant program position is offered, beaware that it could be time limited. The winds of politics blow hot and cold and someinfluential leaders campaigned upon and pledged project of today could be gone aswell in the next election.Job Search Tip of the Day: When you are prepping for an interview and really do notknow how to answer a difficult question, you could: google it, ask in a job search groupor forum, ask a friend, ask a business contact, call a reference librarian, stop by theOne-Stop, email a former instructor, email your college career services, find aninterview book at the bookstore, etc.Job Search Tip of the Day: You really want to avoid taking a telephone job interviewcall in your present place of employment as things could go quickly bad if someonehappens to walk into your office. Though not the ideal setting, you might take the call inyour car if you really have no other privacy option.Job Search Tip of the Day: You strive for perfection, but sometimes you have to dothe best you can in the time you have. An unexpected interview call can come in fortomorrow or even later today and you do not have the proper prep time, but you justhave to go with what you have. Preparation can increase your chances, but you stillhave the interview and have an opportunity.Job Search Tip of the Day: I know this sounds backwards, but when you go to jobfairs, networking meeting, or association events, it is not so much about how manyresumes you gave out. The measure of effort is how many cards and brochures youcame away with. In other words, are you waiting for people to call you or are you beingpersistent and making follow-up calls?Job Search Tip of the Day: If you have been stood up by interviewer, you either dealsilently with the hurt feelings and smile or vent about the rudeness and inconveniences.
  8. 8. Unfortunately, I suggest joining the club, playing the game, and staying focused. Youhave to display the good attitude the whole way through while expressing your truefeelings might work, but probably lower your chances.Job Search Tip of the Day: For some interview questions, there is no right or wronganswer. They have an image in mind of the person they are looking for and how theywant things done. Sometimes, you just have to be who you are, answer the questionyour way, and hope you are what they want.Job Search Tip of the Day: Just a suggestion but if someone asks you what kind ofwork you are looking for, do not say, right about now, I will take anything. That may behow you feel, but all it conveys is desperate state of mind and provides no usefulinformation. At least manage to choke out some job titles, if you have your preference.Job Search Tip of the Day: Are you getting the right job search advice? Hiring andbusiness professionals are very good in helping with the resume and interview skills, butif you are not generating interviews, there are job search professionals who know whatit takes to get interviews. You are looking for networking and contact, not so muchaltered resume or apply at more places suggestions.Job Search Tip of the Day: When making career or training decisions, theOccupational Outlook Handbook and the O*Net employment and salary projections area national average of across the United States. To invest in any training programs, youneed local economy and labor market information, perhaps from your StateEmployment Services, but certainly by surveying employers in your field of choiceJob Search Tip of the Day: If you get off to a slow start in a job interview and you thinkyou started out in a hole, just keep going and keep trying. Most people say they settledown after a few questions, so if you could have answered better initially, revisit thatsubject again. Of course, the more well prepared and rehearsed you are, the better yourchances of making up lost ground.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you had a disagreement with a supervisor, walked off thejob, and are now finding it difficult to get a new job, you could try to ask for your jobback. If the incident just happened, you express genuine remorse, and swear it willnever happen again, you might have a chance. The more time that goes by, the moreyour employer will move on, so humble yourself quickly.Job Search Tip of the Day: Picking a college major by reading media articles on whatdegrees make the most money can start a potential gold rush effect. A survey mayshow that something is in demand, but there are so many factors involved in top dollarjobs that are not reported. Bottomline, there is no easy or get rich quick way, so do notsuccombe to gold fever.Job Search Tip of the Day: There are advantages to having an organized strategy andmethod to your job search. Going it on your own with no plan, some people do
  9. 9. eventually figure it out, but the trial and error it took has been done long ago by manyothers. It will save you time, effort, energy, and expense to find someone who knowswhat they are doing and get guidance and counsel from them.Job Search Tip of the Day: Every answer to every interview question needs to buildyour case that you can meet the employers needs and do the job. As best you can,every response must be carefully worded and practiced to meet that end and whetheryour answers are short or long, make sure you get to the point.Job Search Tip of the Day: Some people never see it coming, but some people knowtheir job will end. If you know the end is coming, you can make plans, hold off on bigexpenses, pay off some debt, sock some money away, and get a jump on your job hunt.Saving up now may help your comfort zone later and getting to the job hunt ASAP mayshorten the time you are unemployed.Job Search Tip of the Day: Like anything else in life, there is a learning curve when itcomes to job hunting. Following proper job hunting technique, most people seem tocatch on after about a month or six weeks. If you still have no idea what to do or are notseeing any progress a month or two into your job search, then it is time to seek someprofessional help and guidance.Job Search Tip of the Day: Just another warning to you soon to graduate youngpeople, get to your college career services office today! You can still get a start on yourjob hunt before graduation day and maybe get a few things in motion. Too manystudents wait to go there a week before graduation expecting magic and are sodisappointed and unemployed with reality.Job Search Tip of the Day: Dont let it get to you, the job hunt, the rejection, and whatseems like overwhelming odds. Truth be told, as long as you keep at it, most people willpersevere and get through it. Most of you just want your life to be normal again and itwill be, or close, but you have to keep going.Job Search Tip of the Day: When asked, tell me about yourself, the employer does notwant to hear about your kids/grandchildren, marriage, hobbies, religion, or that you donot know how to respond. They want to hear your skills and qualifications to do thisposition and how you see yourself fitting into the company. Lets keep if focused andprofessional out there.Job Search Tip of the Day: For you people looking for answers to tough interviewquestions from others or on the internet, watch out. They are not your disclosures, theyare someone elses and you may not run into a trouble giving the responses. Theproblem may come if the employer asks you to explain and clarify your statement andyou cannot elaborate on it because its not yours.
  10. 10. Job Search Tip of the Day: Just when you think you have heard it all or professionalstandards cant sink any lower. Guys, do I really have to suggest that you wear socks toan interview? Okay, guys, wear socks to an job interview.Job Search Tip of the Day: Applying for existing openings give you immediatechances of getting back to work, but trying to catch turnover gives you the better longterm strategy. Few people think about positioning themselves for future openings so thecompetition is less. Opportunities exist where you might find yourself interviewed andhired while the position opening was never advertised.Job Search Tip of the Day: Do not be so fast at looking for career alternative retoolingjust because your job hunt is slow. Rather than seeking professional help with a newdirection, you might need to seek professional help on your job search method andtechnique. Perhaps a change in job hunting habits may still be a faster route back toemployment.Job Search Tip of the Day: It is unrealistic as it is not practical to expect a personalreject from employers when you apply for a job as there are too many people who doapply. It is realistic to expect a personal reject reply by phone, letter, or email from aninterview. One, there are only a few being interviewed and two, it is professionalcourtesy expression for your time and effort.Job Search Tip of the Day: My favorite job hunting/career guidance self-help books:Bolles - What Color is Your Parachute?, Lathrop - Whos Hiring Who, Farr - The QuickJob Search, Chapman: How to Make a Thousand Dollars a Minute, Angel & Harney: NoOne is Unemployable, Gaither: The Work Book, Jackson: Guerrilla Tactics in the JobMarket, and Azrin: Job Club Manual.Job Search Tip of the Day: Habits are tough to break and old job hunting habits aretough to change. You recent unemployed may have an advantage if you get someproper and effective job search technique training right away and stick to it. Even thosewho have been out for a long time can get retooled in job search, but it is more of battlenot to revert back to those old behavior patterns.Job Search Tip of the Day: Sometimes, when you are being interviewed, you mightwant to start off clarifying that the position you applied for is the position that you arebeing interviewed for. Maybe the employer just wants to talk with you and thepossibilities or maybe it was just an accidental mix-up. Things happen and you just wantto make sure you are there for the right job.Job Search Tip of the Day: Do not run around telling employers to hire you becausethey can get reimbursed from the government for training or a tax credit. That just doesnot work well and you should be presenting your skills and abilities. The times thoseincentives might help, maybe, is when interviewers on the edge of a decision and theright program is presented in the right way.
  11. 11. Job Search Tip of the Day: Good sign in a job interview, they are asking you softballquestions as they are looking for reasons to hire you. Bad sign in job a interview, theyare asking you complicated questions as they are looking to eliminate you.Job Search Tip of the Day: Employers use personality and psychological profileassessments as a measurable and quantifiable predictor of performance. The bad newsis some are actually very precise and accurate and all you can do is take them, do thebest you can, and hope you are a profile match. The good news is there are manyemployers who still hire by a gut feeling and intuition.Job Search Tip of the Day: These cold snowy winter nights when you absolutelycannot get out are the perfect time to work on your computer skills. You could improveyour typing, learn software programs, run though online tutorials, edit videos, watchtechnology videos, etc. You just never know how useful this could be when it comes upin job interviews.Job Search Tip of the Day: You might want to go hunt down and dig up those copiesof your employee evaluations. Presented in a packet along with your resume and lettersof recommendation, those evaluations are good evidence for just want sort of employeeyou will be. Prospective employers like written documentation things like that.Job Search Tip of the Day: Your job hunting days should be spent finding places tocall, calling the places, and setting up meetings. You set up any meetings that you can,whether places are hiring or not, so you become part of someones network.Somewhere along the way, will be the person who can use you.Job Search Tip of the Day: This is a good habit, you need to get a card and emailaddress from everyone you meet, then email them a thank you, it was nice meeting youmessage. You just never know the impression this may make on someone at the timeand how this might help bring you to their remembrance at some future criticalnetworking job hunting time.Job Search Tip of the Day: In the world of job hunting, meeting new people is just afact of life. You may think there is no reason to do this, but in reality, you are puttingyourself out there on the open market and exposing yourself to potential buyers orreferrals to buyers. Remember, your goal is to get at least one meeting a day,preferably two.Job Search Tip of the Day: Ever forget to confirm what time zone you are in versuswhat time zone your telephone interviewer is in? Some of you have experienced thesheer moment of panic and awful realization with the call from the interviewer right ontime and you are not. It seems like a little thing, but do not forget about the time zoneswhen setting the telephone interview appointments.Job Search Tip of the Day: There is an old job hunting saying that goes, never turndown the opportunity for an interview. You may have no intentions of taking the job
  12. 12. even if it were offered to you, but there are positive reasons for you to go. Perhapsdown the road, another time, make a connection, even just the practice and more arethe rationale to go anyway.Job Search Tip of the Day: There is certainly a place for LinkedIn profiles, blogs, andyour own website in your job hunt. Directing the employer to your social qualificationsmedia while you have them on the phone can enhance the contact by adding somethingvisual to an otherwise auditory experience. This is just another step to take to help tokeep you in mind.Job Search Tip of the Day: Building rapport with an interviewer can be as simple asasking about something that you have observed about them. It could be a picture ontheir desk, a certificate on the wall, a trophy on a stand, a fishing rod in the corner, etc.People love to talk about what they are interested in and a shared enthusiasm could bethe start of a working relationship.Job Search Tip of the Day: When answering job interview questions: 1) target/focusyour background to the position/duties, 2) give measurable results, and 3) finish - relateand tie-in your example to the position/person/company. This is how you knock youranswers out of the park.Job Search Tip of the Day: When asked about your salary expectations you can: 1)Give a figure or 2) Do not give a figure and both are legitimate salary strategies. My onlycaution with Number 2 is the tough times as there are many qualified people out there.My suggestion is to start off with Number 2, but be ready to adjust back with a figure,depending on the employers tone or vibes.Job Search Tip of the Day: Young people do not hide behind your hair in a jobinterview as you are supposed to be maintaining eye to eye contact. Also, having tokeep flipping hair back is distracting and can really take away from the precious timeand attention you really need.Job Search Tip of the Day: Working a professional conference in your job huntrequires patience as the temptation is to get your resume to as many people as youcan. Sincere interest and caring may be a better strategy, so catch-up withacquaintances, make new contacts, listen to what they have to say first, then bring upwhat you are looking for. Sometimes it is quality not quantity.Job Search Tip of the Day: The percentage of temp to hire conversion is very low, soonly consider temp or sub work if you are in a position to do it. Looking at everyassignment as a opportunity, working as hard as you can, and getting along witheveryone will improve what chances you have. You will be paid for what work you do,but try not to get your hopes up and count on getting hired.Job Search Tip of the Day: The temptation in a long hard job hunt is to start looking fordesperation ways out, such as commission sales. You can make a lot of money if you
  13. 13. are the sales type, but if you are not, you could end up spending quite a bit of your owntime, cash, and resources. Unless you have a sales background, it might be best to justcontinue on with finding a job.Job Search Tip of the Day: Why not show a video or PowerPoint to present somethingvisually interesting as a major selling point? Depending on your field, you might want touse an IPad, laptop, or mini projector for an interview presentation. The old movie scriptwriting saying is do not tell them, show them, and it just might help to make yourinterview entertaining as well as informative.Job Search Tip of the Day: The essence of sales is find out what the customer wantsand give it to them, the same can be true with interviewing. You could start off askingthe interviewer questions as to what they are looking for and what needs done, thentarget your responses accordingly. Just be sure to ask if you can ask questions first,some will be fine with the, a few may not.Job Search Tip of the Day: Parents, not every child is college material and a degree isno longer a guarantee of a good job. The best way to support your child may be to helpthem develop career goals and a plan to get there. Getting some career counseling canhelp them assess what they are best suited for, come up with realistic goals, andevaluate their career options.Job Search Tip of the Day: Those of you who are struggling with low esteem andquestioning your worth could be suffering from a general lack of respect. This maycaused by measuring your career against a perceived lack of interest in your resume.Just another reason to network as peers and colleagues may show you worth andrespect along the way to help encourage you along.Job Search Tip of the Day: Even though you should never use statistics as a primarysource of career or training decisions, you could use them as secondary corroboratingreasoning. Information interviewing real people in the field and asking their opinionsabout the labor market is still the best source of decision making information. Numbersthat line up just add depth to the decisions.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, when you continue to suggest places that arehiring to a person with no follow-through, it is time for a talk. In a non-threatening way,you need to ask how come they are not heeding your verbal gestures of help/concern.Using non-judgemental listening might be your best tact for both of you to get on thesame page and hopefully, move them along.Job Search Tip of the Day: When you need a new job but need to keep your presentjob, resist the temptation to go in your office, close the door, and make job hunting callson company time. Hard to do, but make your calls before and after work hours, breaktimes, and lunch time. You just do not want burn noticed into a full time panic job hunt orchancing a bad leaving reference.
  14. 14. Job Search Tip of the Day: When you are at a loss to answer an interview question, itis perfectly appropriate to ask for a moment or two to collect your thoughts. Blurting outthe first thing that comes to mind may not always be the best strategy. It is far better tothink an answer through keeping in mind who or what you are dealing with.Job Search Tip of the Day: Employers use the same approach looking at yourLinkedIn profile as they do your resume. The great care that you take in trying to grabthe employers attention with the resume should be the same reasoning with yourLinkedIn profile. Both your resume and your profile might only get a quick look, so youbetter have your best representing you with that glance.Job Search Tip of the Day: I do not know of specific companies who look for, recruit,and hire felons. Employers do not hire ex-felons, they hire people with the skills andabilities needed to do the job. Just make sure you are marketing yourself as a qualifiedperson, not someone who may be a potential liability.Job Search Tip of the Day: Young people, do not overlook technical training formanufacturing careers. There are areas experiencing trained technical/machineoperator shortages. It may not be as glamorous as a high tech or healthcare career, butit might be much more practical for some of you to make a good living.Job Search Tip of the Day: In a job search situation, getting interviews is the key as nointerviews, no job offers. If you are getting interviews, then press on with what you aredoing and you may be almost through this. If you are not getting interviews, then youmight want to change things up and set up information interviews for networking andguidance, which could lead to those interviews.Job Search Tip of the Day: One of the major reasons people are let go is not gettingalong with others. This could be why employers ask the interview question, describeyour personality to me? They are looking to see if you will be a good fit and the bestanswer would be to describe your positive character traits and hopefully match up well.Job Search Tip of the Day: Working a job and looking for a new job does bring up theproblems of discovery and disclosure, when should you tell your employer? You couldlet them know you are leaving eventually, but one never knows how long this will take oryou could keep things to yourself and just give your two weeks notice. This is a difficultdilemma and there are pros and cons either way.Job Search Tip of the Day: You can start off asking if employers hire people withskills, degrees and positives, but you cannot start off asking if they hire ex-felons andother negatives. I know you want to find out up front so you are not wasting your time,but you are making a horrible first impression. Is it any wonder every place is telling youthey are not hiring?Job Search Tip of the Day: When applying to a posting cold, you must get yourmaterial noticed. In descending order: 1) have a contact/network deliver the resume and
  15. 15. vouch, 2) walk-in, present well, and hand your resume to them, 3) call them, give your30 second speech, and call attention to your resume, and 4) leave a voicemail of your30 second pitch and call attention to your resumeJob Search Tip of the Day: When working a professional meeting for opportunities andleads, you could put the word out to everyone that you are looking for a job. Conversely,you could meet people, ask questions, get to know them, and get their business cardsto follow-up at later time. One strategy is quantity and the other is quality, but both havetheir advantages.Job Search Tip of the Day: You can get as technology oriented as you want with verysophisticated software, but you cannot go wrong with a good old fashion to-do list.Throughout your day, write down your ideas and at the end of your day, write down thethings you need to get to the next day. Not only do you need these reminders, butcrossing off the items can be self-accomplishment steps.Job Search Tip of the Day: Young people, you need to get the your schools careerservice office immediately and get assistance with your job search and internshipopportunities. The week before graduation is way to late to expect the magic to happen.The sooner you begin to work with those career professionals, the better your chancesof getting a job when you finish your education.Job Search Tip of the Day: If your job hunt is not going well and you are thinking aboutstarting a business as an option, getting a business started and keeping it going is muchmore harder and more complicated than you might imagine. You might want to test thewater with some contract work to see if the market is there, but if being in business waseasy, everyone would do it.Job Search Tip of the Day: Such a nice feeling in an interview or information interviewwhen, besides quoting company information, you start discussing career informationabout the interviewer from their LinkedIn Profile. It is almost like you have their resumein addition to them having yours. LinkedIn is such a practical job hunting tool and Icontinue to encourage you along in using it.Job Search Tip of the Day: There are times in your job hunt where you start todevelop some emotional security that this situation will work out, then you get the newsthat you did not get the job. Your feelings are common to everyone, your mind reels,and it is okay to cry. The turnaround time is crucial, you do what you can the rest of thatday and today is a new day.Job Search Tip of the Day: When things work well, when you have a good phone callor meeting, remind yourself to continue to do what you did. Conversely, if you made amistake, think about what you might do different and better next time. Self-analysisevery step of the way during your job hunt and continuing to learn while you go along isvital to your ultimate success.
  16. 16. Job Search Tip of the Day: When you are applying through a third party companyrecruiter, you still have follow-up options. You could attempt to contact the recruiterabout your status/information and it is a good sign if they respond to you. If you havecontacts at the company, you could ask them to put in the good word for you and trywhatever else you can to get through the screener.Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview question: What isyour weakness?, if you really want to stand out from the competition, then come up withyour own answer as opposed to some standardized answer. Hiring personnel haveheard all the canned responses before, so individualize yours and speak from the heartabout how you overcame a a work related challenge.Job Search Tip of the Day: You do need to keep putting the word out that you arelooking for work, but it is amazing the number of well-meaning people who make allkinds of claims on who they know and what they can do for you. Im not denying that, insome way, they are trying to encourage, but you really need to take what is said with a"well see" attitude and continue on with your job hunt.Job Search Tip of the Day: To those of you on mandated government job huntingprograms, there is a difference between meeting your job search contact requirementand getting a job. You may be getting your weekly required contact amount, but unlessyou are real lucky, getting a job involves going way above and beyond that. Are you justmaking contacts or are you doing whatever it takes?Job Search Tip of the Day: Answering the salary question on online applications isproblematic as you must commit to a salary figure or it will not let you move on to thenext page. A strategy could be to have a pay range for the position, then use theaverage for your answer. You can explain your reasoning at the interview, but you nowhave a new range with your application figure being your new low.Job Search Tip of the Day: Bad job hunting days are inevitable. Everyone has one ofthose days where nothing goes right and you just cannot get to what you wanted to getto. Just tell yourself, tomorrow will be a better day.Job Search Tip of the Day: Little things can mean alot. You have to be easy to begotten a hold of in your job search, so make sure your phone numbers are correct andyour voicemail works. Employers will call you once, some twice, but they will move onand your opportunity may have come and gone and you might not even know about it.Job Search Tip of the Day: Painful to say, but the perfect job does not exist. Evenmore painful for some of you to hear, but this is not the type of economy where youhave the luxury of holding out. These are times when you may have to step somewhatout of your comfort zone and hope that good economic times will come around again.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are looking for job target direction, write out a list ofyour preferred job duties and skills that you would like to use every day. When you are
  17. 17. done, you have just written your ideal job description. The only problem now is what isthe job title(s) and you will need to do career research to figure that out.Job Search Tip of the Day: Even though you practice interview questions, there isalways something new every day. Someone told me that at an interview they wereasked: "Tell me a joke?". Your guess is as good as mine as to the motive behind thatone, but at least give them: "Why did the chicken cross the road?"Job Search Tip of the Day: Its a shame that I have to say this, but Im going to say it,watch your fly trap in all communication with a perspective employer. No cussing! Noteveryone approves of cussing! One slip of the tongue and you could be eliminated fromconsideration by your first impression as the person with the foul mouth.Job Search Tip of the Day: Im not saying to never go over your bosss head. I haveknown this last ditch strategy to work a few times and I have known the situation to gofrom bad to worse a few times. All Im saying is, if you decide to do this, you better haveanother solid job escape plan lined up before your try it.Job Search Tip of the Day: At the end of the interview, I always like my job hunters toask the question: Could you describe the ideal person for this position? Hopefully, youwill hear that your qualifications fit nicely but if not, at least you have another chance tosell yourself in case you are off target.Job Search Tip of the Day: He who hesitates is lost. As soon as you find out about anopening, you better get on it. I have seen many a lost opportunity with job hunters whoare too exacting and time consuming with getting their things or thoughts in order.Sometimes, you have to balance speed with the situation at hand.Job Search Tip of the Day: As strange as it sounds, ducking the salary question in ajob interview is one of several legitimate salary negotiation tactics. When asked whatyour salary requirements are, you could answer a question with a question like: can wediscuss the job duties more (if you need the information)? Or, you could ask: what didyou have in mind to pay?Job Search Tip of the Day: If you really do not know what jobs to look for and target,write down your perfect job description using elements from you experience, training,skills, and personal life. Now you have your goal and you will have to docareer/occupational and plenty of creativity to come up with the job title of your goal.Job Search Tip of the Day: Sure, you have put in on-line applications, but have youactivated them? Chances are they are laying dormant until you take the responsibility ofwaking them up and getting them to work for you. How you do this is by re-contactingthe employers and asking them if they have looked over your application and if theyhave any questions.
  18. 18. Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are asking expert after expert their opinion on yourresume and you still think your resume is the problem, maybe it is not the problem.Maybe you are asking the wrong question? Maybe you should go ask the experts howto make the best use of your resume?Job Search Tip of the Day: They (whoever they are) may do things the same way, dayafter day, year after year merely because that is just the way they do things. If you havea better way, take a shot and present it to them (whoever them are). The worst they cantell you is that is not how we do things here, but perhaps and maybe someone (whoeverthat special someone is) really wants a better way.Job Search Tip of the Day: As far as answering the interview question, How long will ittake for you to make a contribution, the employer is not talking about taking up an officecollection. The interviewer is asking how long it will take you to become profitable andlearn the ropes? Your best answer is that you are a fast learner and can be productivewithin a short time.Job Search Tip of the Day: Now you have to look for work, all the options are gone,and the harsh reality of the situation sets in. Start by taking small steps like, applying online, going to job fairs, getting some help from government programs, and others. Yourgoal will be to grow and take bigger steps like networking, warm calls, and cold calls toimprove your chances of success.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are going to send a resume with a cover letter, payclose attention to the job details in the ad. You will want to target and focus yourskills/experience/training to the duties in the posting. This is the best strategy andchance of getting a response contact for a job interview.Job Search Tip of the Day: When researching positions with multi-locationcorporations, make sure you look at all the job openings everywhere as opposed to onlythe closest to home ones. These could give you valuable clues for the kinds ofpositions, skills, and backgrounds the local branch could potentially use.Job Search Tip of the Day: As long and difficult as the job hunt gets and if you reallyare not making progress, it may be sign that you are not working hard enough. I knowthe natural tendency may be to ease off because it seems like you are not gettinganywhere and it is so frustrating, but making more quality contacts faster will alwaysgive you a better chance of getting back to work sooner.Job Search Tip of the Day: You may have a primary person at a business that youreally want to talk to, but always have a fallback plan of not overlooking anyone as apotential inside contact. Given the opportunity to strike up a friendly conversation withsomeone on the inside may yield valuable hiring, gate keeping information, and maybeeven results.
  19. 19. Job Search Tip of the Day: If you think you have come to the end of the road and donot know where to apply to, try googling an Employer Locator. Just put in your locationand the kind of field that you are looking for and it will give you a listing of employers inyour area. Perhaps, you will find businesses you never thought of or knew about to helpyou keep going.Job Search Tip of the Day: To you relatives and friends of someone unemployed, donot wait to be asked for help, just go. This is a devastating emotionally time where theycan use all the help and friends they can get. A visit, call, or email of support andencouragement can mean more than you know to a struggling person and/or family.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you want to make a bad first impression, then ask aboutthe salary at the start of the interview. I know you really want to know what the positionpays and whether this is worth your while to pursue, but you just cannot do this. This isa real turn-off to employers and could put you in a nonrecoverable hole. It is best to waituntil the end of the interview on this one.Job Search Tip of the Day: Just so you know or forgot, your local library is still usefulin these technological times. Libraries are a great source of career, job search, labormarket, and company information. Just see the reference librarian for assistance andideas.Job Search Tip of the Day: Proportionally, your ratio of sending thank you notesshould far exceed your sending cover letters. This pre-supposes that most of the timeyou are phoning and meeting with people, and sending all thank you notes. If you aredisproportionately emailing cover letters and resumes to the internet without muchresponse, you might want to reevaluate your strategy.Job Search Tip of the Day: Parents, college financial planning is not sending yourchildren off to school based entirely on accumulating massive student loan debt. First,the majority do not even finish and second, many are not finding jobs or jobs in theirfield. In any event, the student loans must be paid back and there is no getting out ofthem, so dont do it and develop some other plan.Job Search Tip of the Day: My heart really goes out to you people working a job, butknow the layoff is coming. It is very difficult to go in to work every day knowing you arealready gone. All I can encourage you to do is job hunt when you can, do not throw inthe towel and do something stupid, and leave with your head held high that you did yourjob up until the end.Job Search Tip of the Day: Have a list of your selling points or a resume by thetelephone, in the event you get an unexpected interview invitation call. You could bebusy, rushing around, into a million things and the phone could ring at the worstpossible time. At the least, you could read off your list and say something useful ratherthan babbling and regretting it later.
  20. 20. Job Search Tip of the Day: If you can make job hunting your full time job, so much thebetter for you, but I like to see people put in at least a solid and productive five hours aday. The job search is grueling, so apply yourself and work hard during those hours,then live your life and do whatever else you have to do, guilt-free.Job Search Tip of the Day: Are suffering a job related repetitive motion and stressinjury? Are you cycling through doctor visits and time off, only to return and it continuesto worsen? You really should talk to a career professional about exploring youroccupation options and maybe doing something else now before this becomes apermanent injury with constant lifelong pain.Job Search Tip of the Day: Watch out for being taken advantage of and gettingdumped on by friends and family, which takes away from your job hunting time. Theirthinking could be, youre not working, so could you do this or that for me? Whenpossible, you really have to say no and tell them that you do have a job; your job isfinding a job.Job Search Tip of the Day: It is possible, and you would not be the first, to go toholiday get-togethers, make a new or old contact, and start a discussion that leads to ajob.Job Search Tip of the Day: Fundamental career counseling questions are: when didyou lose the fire, when did you lose the enthusiasm, when did you lose the fun? If youwant to recapture that old long forgotten feeling of when you enjoyed going to work, youneed to go back to when you had it and when you lost it to help figure out how to get itback.Job Search Tip of the Day: This is an example of a trick interview question; How muchsalary do you feel you are worth? The focus is not on pay but on self-confidence - selfworth. You will want to split the response in two with letting the employer know that youhave a great deal of confidence towards the position, then use your preferred salarynegotiation strategy.Job Search Tip of the Day: Ways to help an unemployed friend, relative, person: callthem and ask hows it going, send them a thinking of you card, invite them to breakfastor lunch, give them a twenty, take them some groceries, tell them everything will be allright, pass along any openings you hear, vouch for them to an employer, pray for them,bring them up for prayer, do something.Job Search Tip of the Day: I know you want something to feel good about but watchyourself emotionally when a job opportunity arises. A basic counseling premise is themore you pump yourself up, the lower you will fall with even more hurt if things do notdevelop. The more emotional pain, the less you will want to do this, so guard yourfeelings as best as you can during this time.
  21. 21. Job Search Tip of the Day: It is important when you get those flashes of job huntingcreativity about people, places, or positions to make sure you write them down,especially in the middle of the night! It really does help that you left yourself somereminders, something tangible, at times when you struggling with what to do or where togo next.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you left on good terms, do not overlook following up withyour former employer. You could start off with hows it going or just networking andputting the word out there, but people have struck up conversations leading to returningto previous places. Hopefully, they thought very highly of you, enough to take you back.Job Search Tip of the Day: Take a hard look at your resume and, be honest withyourself, ask yourself, is this worth the money that I want? If you can show the value,keep using it. If you have your doubts, I would find some professional to help and askthem specifically how you can show your worth in your resume.Job Search Tip of the Day: Contrary to some amount of belief out there, employers donot hire people because they feel sorry for you. A proper job hunting introduction doesnot entail telling the contact how bad your situation is and how much you need a job.Come on, lets show some self-respect, look them in the eye, and act like professionalto professional.Job Search Tip of the Day: When asked in interviews, "What will your former employersay about you?", you really do not want to say, "I dont know." Failing to know for surewhat the reference will say, you will want to certainly up-play your positives and, if thecase, down-play, but mention, possible difference of opinions. "I dont know" just seemsevasive like you might be hiding something.Job Search Tip of the Day: If good unemployment report numbers motivate you tokeep going as a new job is closer, then that is a good thing. If the numbers contribute tomagical thinking that you can ease off or continue to lay back and wait, then you havemissed the point. Practically speaking, the reports might influence your feelings, butthey should have no effect on your actions.Job Search Tip of the Day: When it comes to utilizing a career counselor, schoolcareer office, government agency, temp service, etc., ask for verifiable participant jobsecurement numbers. If they give you documented numbers, then you know yourchances of success. If they do not give you numbers, then they may still be useful, buteither way you can set your level of expectation accordingly.Job Search Tip of the Day: Maybe the interviewer has already made their choice andyou can just tell this is just a drive-through job interview. Times like this, you could ask:Have you made your decision on who you are going to hire? Yes or no, your strategymust become; do not throw in the towel, do not go down easy, fight to the end, andmake their planned decision difficult for them.
  22. 22. Job Search Tip of the Day: It sure does help to have some positive influence to bethere for you when you are going through a long, miserable and grueling job hunt.Finding some businessperson willing to give you advice, or even finding a mentor forfeedback, can really help you stay on track and somewhat simplify the enormous task athand.Job Search Tip of the Day: Damage control - recovering from a bad interview. Youcan have a good cry and beat yourself up emotionally for few days, but go through yourafter interview follow-up routine anyway. There is always a chance that you did justenough, or you got very lucky, and things will work out but I would continue with yourjob hunt.Job Search Tip of the Day: How can you even think about blowing off the interview? Itis outrageous and irresponsible that you got an invite and you either accidentally onpurpose forgot about it or you are just not going? At least have the courtesy to make acancellation call and scratch the place off your list in the future if you ever need a jobagain, talk about burning bridges.Job Search Tip of the Day: Nothing can be more agonizing in a job hunt than to returnhome to find someone called for you, but a name and message was not taken. Stress toeveryone that this is important and prep them to ask: May I have your name please?and May I have your number please? If the caller chooses to not leave any information,at least your family member tried.Job Search Tip of the Day: Do you know about joining LinkedIn groups to help withnetworking? You can find local, state, and national groups plus associations,professions, and alumni groups. Once you have the names and places, you can startyour email and phone contact attempts.Job Search Tip of the Day: Making career decisions based on the mass media is likeguessing the weather from a sealed room. You get distorted viewpoints by listening tothe nightly "experts" and no wonder unemployment and underemployment is sorampant. Focus on what your parents, instructors, and career guidance professionalssay first and do not focus on the evening news for career advice.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, there is no law that says a company is requiredto list a detailed job description and the salary for the position. Fuming about thefairness could be a sign that you just simply do not know what to do. Admitting this is aweakness and getting some training/instruction could help you develop a strategy ondealing with this.Job Search Tip of the Day: FYI, some company human resource professionals want asalary figure on the application or you will not go on and some do not require a salaryfigure and will not necessarily hold that against you. Either way, your chances increaseif you thoroughly communicate your related background. Bottom line, you will need tochoose a salary disclosure strategy and go with it.
  23. 23. Job Search Tip of the Day: Regarding the interview question, why are your applyingfor this job?, if you have a personal reason that drives you, some family or lifeexperience, tell them about this. It is always good to let the employer know that this ismore than just a job to you and consider it as expressing your life mission statement.Job Search Tip of the Day: Before you decide on a training or retraining field, youreally want to talk to at least five employers in that field and ask them if this is a growingfield and what the hiring prospects look like when you are done. This is the only way tomake any sort of educated decision and if you get a negative report, you better come upwith another plan.Job Search Tip of the Day: It certainly is possible to get a job offer between now andthe end of the year, so continue to work as long and as hard as you can in your job huntduring this holiday time. However, to be realistic, most of what you do for the next twoweeks will be to position and set yourself up for the hiring after the first of the year.Job Search Tip of the Day: in regards to answering the interview question, What wasyour greatest failure?, you really need to turn this negative into a positive. Takeresponsibility for your part, explain your intentions, and tell them what you learned so itwill never happen again. Usually, failure is acceptable as long as you were trying andgiving it your best.Job Search Tip of the Day: When you are going through school, you will feel better ifyou stop focusing on the labor market with the lack of openings and start focusing onmaking contacts. By all means apply for posted openings, but networking, volunteering,and internships are what are really going to better your chances of getting a job in yourfield.Job Search Tip of the Day: Three ways that I know of to get into a upper level (for you)position, know the right contacts, interview and follow-up better than anyone, and/orhave the background to back it up. Having all three really betters your chances, but allthree could be within your control or at least part of a workable longer range plan.Job Search Tip of the Day: You will make it easier for your government employmentworker to refer you to jobs and give recommendations if you will take their suggestionsand do what they say. The flip side is equally true, the less cooperative, the moredifficult you make it for them to represent you to employers. Do the smart thing andfollow their instruction, if you really want help.Job Search Tip of the Day: Nothing profound, just let me encourage you to stay with itand go as long as you can with your job hunt today.Job Search Tip of the Day: Take the weekend off, when there is nothing you can do,there is nothing you can. Try to spend your time with your family and focus on what you
  24. 24. have and not what you do not have. Some of you are running into job search fatigueand the time off should help and do you good.Job Search Tip of the Day: Think of things that you are thankful for and do not lettoday go by too fast. Tomorrow will get here soon enough. Hope you have a MerryChristmas DayJob Search Tip of the Day: This is not a lost job hunting week, so do not put off yourefforts until next week. Anything you do now will just help you get a jump on thecompetition who is taking the week off. You can start setting things up now for after thefirst of the year.Job Search Tip of the Day: If some of you are wondering why you are not gettinginterview calls, look no further than your writing skills. All employers think about is howwell your spelling and grammar errors, based on your application, resume, and coverletter, will represent their company. Getting some feedback and/or using the spellchecker just might improve your chances.Job Search Tip of the Day: It is sad but true that most of the online job postings thatyou might be applying to are already filled. People probably have people in mind andjust might be advertising the opening for any number of other reasons. Go ahead andapply if you see something that suits you, but you are so much further ahead withnetworking and contact developing.Job Search Tip of the Day: It is obviously nice when you know the answers tointerview questions, but sometimes you just do not have the answer. At times like this, ifyou do not know the content, at least describe a plan for the process of how you wouldget the content. There are employers out there who do not expect you to knoweverything and chances are, you will still be okay.Job Search Tip of the Day: With telephone interviews, engage the interviewer visuallyand experientially, besides just talking. Email them any documents or pictures of yourwork, refer to them, and tell interesting stories about them. Making this an entertainingpresentation experience rather than just answering the interview questions may betteryour chances of moving on to the next step.Job Search Tip of the Day: I know this is difficult for some of you, but when you aremeeting employers or interviewing, look them in the eye when they are talking. Eyecontact is so crucial as the speaker perceives that you are listening to them, giving themyour attention, and giving them respect. Little things like this mean more than you know.Job Search Tip of the Day: A new year and a time for new beginnings. Resolve toeither start fresh at getting a new job or get some help so as not to repeat the samemistakes as last year.
  25. 25. Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview question, why do youwant to work here, what do you do if you do not want to work there but you need thejob? Telling the employer you need the job because you need money soundsdesperate, but you do have to be honest, too. The best you can do is find some part ofthe position or place that you do like and tell them about that.Job Search Tip of the Day: Good news, you have not made any permanent mistakeswith your job hunt. Things can be fixed, you can learn new things, try differentapproaches, even apply to places that you failed with before. Perhaps, the people youencountered there have moved on to other jobs, so it is worth a shot.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, if you have any school plans that involvesizable student loans, then my suggestion is to go make another plan. Some of youpeople do not fully realize the burden of monstrous debt until it is upon you. There areways to get degrees and get through school without incurring massive student loan debtand you need to explore these options.Job Search Tip of the Day: Young people, please work on your writing skills,preferably in high school, but especially when you are in college. Employers should nothave to be proofreading your written material for spelling, punctuation, sentencestructure, and grammatical errors. Excellent writing skills will put you unbelievablyahead of your job hunting competition.Job Search Tip of the Day: Not getting to something when you know you should canbe very stressful, too. You are either worrying about not doing your cold callcontacts/networking or you are fretting over doing cold calls/networking. I encourageyou to force doing the contacts as at least you are doing something productive andproactive which might help alleviate the stress.Job Search Tip of the Day: In life, you fall when you lose your balance and with yourcareer, balance is essential too. A combination approach to maintaining contacts,continuing education, volunteer work, association activity, etc., is a good passive jobhunting strategy and plan. All work and no balance can cause you to fall hard in times ofeconomic turmoil.Job Search Tip of the Day: Unfortunately, there is no magic training field that is insuch high demand that one is practically guaranteed a job. Those opportunities havepresented themselves, but there is no way to predict where the lightning will strike. Thecritical step is to develop a solid career training plan and not base your career on themagic factor, though it would be nice.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you find you cannot stay focused with your job huntworking out of your house, maybe it will be worth your gasoline expense to drive to asocial service agency employment center or library. Sometimes, there are just too manydistractions around to really concentrate and going to a business office setting can helpyou stay on task.
  26. 26. Job Search Tip of the Day: Rejection is to be expected, but rudeness can really sting.Here you are out there trying and it is tough enough without someone reallydisrespecting you. Do not let them get to you and keep in mind, there are decentencouraging people out there, too.Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of you have unrealistic emotional expectations ofthe interviewer following up speedily and offering you the job with immediacy.Understand, you cannot expect other people to be as excited or as desperate as youare. Employers have their own schedules and you need work with their time frame, nottry to force yours.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, employers look at job hunters in two ways and,inadvertently, many of you are coming across as part of the problem. All along the way,you had better be showing employers that you are part of the solution. If you really donot know how to do that, you better get feedback from a career or employmentprofessional, maybe in person or through internet forums.Job Search Tip of the Day: You do need to keep putting the word out that you arelooking for work, but it is amazing the number of well-meaning people who make allkinds of claims on who they know and what they can do for you. Im not denying that, insome way, they are trying to encourage, but you really need to take what is said with a"well see" attitude and continue on with your job hunt.Job Search Tip of the Day: To those of you on mandated government job huntingprograms, there is a difference between meeting your job search contact requirementand getting a job. You may be getting your weekly required contact amount, but unlessyou are real lucky, getting a job involves going way above and beyond that. Are you justmaking contacts or are you doing whatever it takes?Job Search Tip of the Day: Answering the salary question on online applications isproblematic as you must commit to a salary figure or it will not let you move on to thenext page. A strategy could be to have a pay range for the position, then use theaverage for your answer. You can explain your reasoning at the interview, but you nowhave a new range with your application figure being your new low.Job Search Tip of the Day: Bad job hunting days are inevitable. Everyone has one ofthose days where nothing goes right and you just cannot get to what you wanted to getto. Just tell yourself, tomorrow will be a better day.Job Search Tip of the Day: Little things can mean alot. You have to be easy to begotten a hold of in your job search, so make sure your phone numbers are correct andyour voicemail works. Employers will call you once, some twice, but they will move onand your opportunity may have come and gone and you might not even know about it.Job Search Tip of the Day: Painful to say, but the perfect job does not exist. Evenmore painful for some of you to hear, but this is not the type of economy where you
  27. 27. have the luxury of holding out. These are times when you may have to step somewhatout of your comfort zone and hope that good economic times will come around again.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are looking for job target direction, write out a list ofyour preferred job duties and skills that you would like to use every day. When you aredone, you have just written your ideal job description. The only problem now is what isthe job title(s) and you will need to do career research to figure that out.Job Search Tip of the Day: Even though you practice interview questions, there isalways something new every day. Someone told me that at an interview they wereasked: "Tell me a joke?". Your guess is as good as mine as to the motive behind thatone, but at least give them: "Why did the chicken cross the road?"Job Search Tip of the Day: Its a shame that I have to say this, but Im going to say it,watch your fly trap in all communication with a perspective employer. No cussing! Noteveryone approves of cussing! One slip of the tongue and you could be eliminated fromconsideration by your first impression as the person with the foul mouth.Job Search Tip of the Day: At the end of the interview, I always like my job hunters toask the question: Could you describe the ideal person for this position? Hopefully, youwill hear that your qualifications fit nicely but if not, at least you have another chance tosell yourself in case you are off target.Job Search Tip of the Day: He who hesitates is lost. As soon as you find out about anopening, you better get on it. I have seen many a lost opportunity with job hunters whoare too exacting and time consuming with getting their things or thoughts in order.Sometimes, you have to balance speed with the situation at hand.Job Search Tip of the Day: As strange as it sounds, ducking the salary question in ajob interview is one of several legitimate salary negotiation tactics. When asked whatyour salary requirements are, you could answer a question with a question like: can wediscuss the job duties more (if you need the information)? Or, you could ask: what didyou have in mind to pay?Job Search Tip of the Day: If you really do not know what jobs to look for and target,write down your perfect job description using elements from you experience, training,skills, and personal life. Now you have your goal and you will have to docareer/occupational and plenty of creativity to come up with the job title of your goal.Job Search Tip of the Day: Sure, you have put in on-line applications, but have youactivated them? Chances are they are laying dormant until you take the responsibility ofwaking them up and getting them to work for you. How you do this is by re-contactingthe employers and asking them if they have looked over your application and if theyhave any questions.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are asking expert after expert their opinion on yourresume and you still think your resume is the problem, maybe it is not the problem.
  28. 28. Maybe you are asking the wrong question? Maybe you should go ask the experts howto make the best use of your resume?Job Search Tip of the Day: They (whoever they are) may do things the same way, dayafter day, year after year merely because that is just the way they do things. If you havea better way, take a shot and present it to them (whoever them are). The worst they cantell you is that is not how we do things here, but perhaps and maybe someone (whoeverthat special someone is) really wants a better way.Job Search Tip of the Day: As far as answering the interview question, How long will ittake for you to make a contribution; the employer is not talking about taking up an officecollection. The interviewer is asking how long it will take you to become profitable andlearn the ropes? Your best answer is that you are a fast learner and can be productivewithin a short time.Job Search Tip of the Day: Now you have to look for work, all the options are gone,and the harsh reality of the situation sets in. Start by taking small steps like, applying online, going to job fairs, getting some help from government programs, and others. Yourgoal will be to grow and take bigger steps like networking, warm calls, and cold calls toimprove your chances of success.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you are going to send a resume with a cover letter, payclose attention to the job details in the ad. You will want to target and focus yourskills/experience/training to the duties in the posting. This is the best strategy andchance of getting a response contact for a job interview.Job Search Tip of the Day: When researching positions with multi-locationcorporations, make sure you look at all the job openings everywhere as opposed to onlythe closest to home ones. These could give you valuable clues for the kinds ofpositions, skills, and backgrounds the local branch could potentially use.Job Search Tip of the Day: As long and difficult as the job hunt gets and if you reallyare not making progress, it may be a sign that you are not working hard enough. I knowthe natural tendency may be to ease off because it seems like you are not gettinganywhere and it is so frustrating, but making more quality contacts faster will alwaysgive you a better chance of getting back to work sooner.Job Search Tip of the Day: You may have a primary person at a business that youreally want to talk to, but always have a fallback plan of not overlooking anyone as apotential inside contact. Given the opportunity to strike up a friendly conversation withsomeone on the inside may yield valuable hiring, gate keeping information, and maybeeven results.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you think you have come to the end of the road and donot know where to apply to, try googling an Employer Locator. Just put in your locationand the kind of field that you are looking for and it will give you a listing of employers in
  29. 29. your area. Perhaps, you will find businesses you never thought of or knew about to helpyou keep going.Job Search Tip of the Day: To you relatives and friends of someone unemployed, donot wait to be asked for help, just go. This is a devastating emotionally time where theycan use all the help and friends they can get. A visit, call, or email of support andencouragement can mean more than you know to a struggling person and/or family.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you want to make a bad first impression, then ask aboutthe salary at the start of the interview. I know you really want to know what the positionpays and whether this is worth your while to pursue, but you just cannot do this. This isa real turn-off to employers and could put you in a nonrecoverable hole. It is best to waituntil the end of the interview on this one.Job Search Tip of the Day: Just so you know or forgot, your local library is still usefulin these technological times. Libraries are a great source of career, job search, labormarket, and company information. Just see the reference librarian for assistance andideas.Job Search Tip of the Day: Proportionally, your ratio of sending thank you notesshould far exceed your sending cover letters. This pre-supposes that most of the timeyou are phoning and meeting with people, and sending all thank you notes. If you aredisproportionately emailing cover letters and resumes to the internet without muchresponse, you might want to reevaluate your strategy.Job Search Tip of the Day: Parents, college financial planning is not sending yourchildren off to school based entirely on accumulating massive student loan debt. First,the majority do not even finish and second, many are not finding jobs or jobs in theirfield. In any event, the student loans must be paid back and there is no getting out ofthem, so dont do it and develop some other plan.Job Search Tip of the Day: My heart really goes out to you people working a job, butknow the layoff is coming. It is very difficult to go in to work every day knowing you arealready gone. All I can encourage you to do is job hunt when you can, do not throw inthe towel and do something stupid, and leave with your head held high that you did yourjob up until the end.Job Search Tip of the Day: Have a list of your selling points or a resume by thetelephone, in the event you get an unexpected interview invitation call. You could bebusy, rushing around, into a million things and the phone could ring at the worstpossible time. At the least, you could read off your list and say something useful ratherthan babbling and regretting it later.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you can make job hunting your full time job, so much thebetter for you, but I like to see people put in at least a solid and productive five hours aday. The job search is grueling, so apply yourself and work hard during those hours,then live your life and do whatever else you have to do, guilt-free.
  30. 30. Job Search Tip of the Day: Are suffering a job related repetitive motion and stressinjury? Are you cycling through doctor visits and time off, only to return and it continuesto worsen? You really should talk to a career professional about exploring youroccupation options and maybe doing something else now before this becomes apermanent injury with constant lifelong pain.Job Search Tip of the Day: Watch out for being taken advantage of and gettingdumped on by friends and family, which takes away from your job hunting time. Theirthinking could be, youre not working, and so could you do this or that for me? Whenpossible, you really have to say no and tell them that you do have a job; your job isfinding a job.Job Search Tip of the Day: Normally, you want to start off the interview by giving yourthirty second sales/elevator pitch, however, you really should ask: Would it be all right ifI tell you about myself first? Probably they will say: sure, go ahead, but once in a whileyou have an interviewer with their agenda. Best to adjust, listen, and get your pitch inwhen you see an opportunity.Job Search Tip of the Day: While one to one job interviewing is more linear (straightprogression) in some peoples minds, panel interviewing can be much more stressfuland non-linear (a real ball of confusion). Actually, the same rules and training apply toboth, just make sure that you maintain eye contact, listen, and present to the personasking the question.Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of you may want to consider self-employment asyour way back to work. Some of you may have business opportunities already, whileothers may want to develop a business plan and go to your local Chamber ofCommerce for help in getting started. The bottom line, do not just sit there, dosomething!Job Search Tip of the Day: The employers asks in job interviews, "If you got the job,how long would you stay?” to find out THE position stability. It is entirely appropriate toflip this around towards the end of the interview and ask, "What is the long term outlookfor this position?” to find out YOUR position stability.Job Search Tip of the Day: Young people, please watch out for a know-it-all attitude injob interviews. For some of you, coming across like you know everything might be a wellmeaning sales attempt, but it could be the problem. You really want to try to relax, askquestions about the job, listen, communicate your abilities when you get your chance,and convey a respectful attitude.Job Search Tip of the Day: Actually, telephone interviews should put you in afavorable position as the interviewer cannot see you. As such, you should not only prepbeforehand, but you should have notes in front of you of what you want to say and whatyou want to ask. You really want to make full use of your home field advantage.
  31. 31. Job Search Tip of the Day: Regarding follow-up, it is a good sign when you checkback and they are glad you contacted them. I am not saying that if you check back andthey do not respond, it is a bad sign, they could be out or busy, but give them awhilemore and try again. However you should be continuing on with your job search, just incase.Job Search Tip of the Day: On application forms, you can yellow highlight your directlyjob related qualifications. Why? First, color does grab attention. Second, this shows howyour background ties in to the position. Third, hopefully, this will help your applicationstand out from the stack.Job Search Tip of the Day: Some of you, there are people around you who really careabout you, really want to help you, really have some good ideas, and really might knowwhat to do. Maybe you ought to really listen to them, especially if they have a job andyou dont.Job Search Tip of the Day: The opposite of not saying enough is saying too much,which is rambling. It could be nerves or it could be who you are, but unbeknownst toyou, you have lost the interviewer and they are probably thinking what they will be doingnext after the interview. Practice and rehearsal are essential to keep your answers tothirty seconds, have a point, and stay in contention for the position.Job Search Tip of the Day: The Wait is horrible time. Youve been interviewed; youvedone everything that you could; now you wait for the phone call. The mood swings areincredible from the exhilaration of hope to the deepest depression of despair. If the offercomes, then you celebrate. If the offer is not to be, then you go have a good long cryand get back to the job hunt in the morning.Job Search Tip of the Day: Relocating for a job offer raises tremendous personallogistical questions, but at least is a sure thing. Relocating just to find a job and job huntis a real gamble and there is no certainty in this. It really is best to explore every otherpossible avenue as this is most definitely an option of last choice.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, my preferred salary strategy is to have a range.The high end would be the most you could realistically expect and the low end would bewhat would comfortably pay your bills. This is your answer to salary interview andapplication questions.Job Search Tip of the Day: As to you older unemployed individuals and careerchanger, there are many generational differences these days, job hunting included. Howyou look for work today could be vastly different from how you have ever looked forwork before. To increase your chances of success, be willing to adjust to change and trysome different things in your job search approach.Job Search Tip of the Day: I dont always send thank notes, but when I do, I prefersnail mail thank you notes. Stay job hunting, my friends.
  32. 32. Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview questions: what didyou dislike about your last job; generally, you can say anything that you want, as longas it does not pertain to this job. The wrong answer will may get the employer thinking, ifyou did not like it there, then you probably will not like it hereJob Search Tip of the Day: Fold your resume in half and look at it. Newspapers placetheir most compelling content on the upper half of the front page for a reason as anenticement to buy the paper or read the story. What are you displaying above the fold?Job Search Tip of the Day: You could ask, towards the end of the job interview, whatthe salary and benefits are, but, honestly, the best time to ask is when they offer you thejob. Think about it, what does it matter what the job pays if they give it to someone else?Seriously, the money only matters if it is in your pocket and not in someone elses.Job Search Tip of the Day: If nothing else, should you leave a voicemail message? Ithink probably the best use would be to make a follow-up just to remind them that youare available and interested. As far as a warm or cold call introduction, you could, but Ithink it is better served to draw their attention to an email or snail mail.Job Search Tip of the Day: Those labor market graphs and statistics that show thatthere are more people than jobs can give the impression that there are not enough jobsto go around. Probably, the numbers are counting the advertised job openings on anygiven day, however, the vast majority of openings and potential openings are notadvertised. These hidden openings are to be found via networking, contactdevelopment, perseverance, and creativity.Job Search Tip of the Day: If you were let go from a job and if you are asked why youleft your last job in an interview, you better be honest and end it with a positive. I reallythink many employers can tell if you hiding something and you stand a better chancewith the truth than by being evasive. Find a career or employment professional to helpyou if your circumstances are such that you really do not know what to say.Job Search Tip of the Day: A word of warning, do not share your hidden job leads withanyone. I have known of people who say too much to friends and family and they endedup with the job. You really do not want to be increasing your own competition.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, I have found three reasons why people areunemployed: 1) lack of job search technique fundamentals, 2) Some degree or elementof choice, and 3) Long nasty job hunt. Which one are you?Job Search Tip of the Day: Applications may have a Special Study/Research Workquestion and so many people leave that blank. Some of you might want to think aboutthe research papers that you wrote or the project teams that worked with in college.Some of these could well be job related and add to your qualifiers, while all along youmight have long forgotten them and taken them for granted.
  33. 33. Job Search Tip of the Day: In written or verbal communication, you better beconveying to the hiring chain that you have their interests first and foremost. Theemployers really need to feel that you are there to help them with their concerns andchallenges. It may well be that if they can sense that you are there to help them getwhat they want, you will get what you want - a job. In times past, it was called, TheGolden Rule.Job Search Tip of the Day: A word of advice, never go off to school based on catchinga career trend of the day, the labor market demand could move on to something else bythe time you are done. However, if the career trends demand area is hot and you arefinishing up, this is most certainly an area you can use to your advantage and target.You may be at the right place at the right time.Job Search Tip of the Day: If whatever you are doing is getting you interviews, findand good. If not, do not rely on any single method for getting interviews, but try multiplestrategies, such as: following-up, networking, warm calls, cold calls, school placementoffices, one stop centers, community job clubs, talking to everyone you know, talking toformer instructors, talking to former employers, and so on. Find something that worksfor you.Job Search Tip of the Day: If your goal is a government job, you can take yourchances with the front door approach with filling out the application and taking a CivilService test, but the backdoor approach of having the inside contacts seems moreeffective to me. With election season approaching, now would be the time to go to yourpolitical party headquarters to help elect your candidates and develop your networks.Job Search Tip of the Day: Making and using a job hunting business card is not anecessity, but there are advantages to it. First, you always have it on you, which meansyou can pass them out everywhere. Second, it has your contact information so they cancall you. Third, it has some of your background on there as a reminder. Lastly, it mightbe a way to stand out as not many of the competition uses them.Job Search Tip of the Day: In answering the interview question, "Why should I hireyou?", your answer should consist of your strengths, skills, experience, training, and/oranything in your background as to why you believe you are best for the position, as jobrelated as possible. Merely saying, "Because I would be an asset to your company," isbasically a one word answer with no evidence to back up your claim.Job Search Tip of the Day: That old saying of leave no stone unturned is so true in ajob hunt. Try everyplace and dont over look anything! The rock you just happened byand didnt turn over may well have been the one you should have looked under.Job Search Tip of the Day: Calm down, take a deep breath, try to relax, take it onething at a time, keep going, dont quit, dont be afraid, keep picking yourself back up,dont get down, keep trying, make that next phone call, talk to that next person, keepmoving, take that next step, work your plan, focus on your goal, survive, push on, you
  34. 34. can do this, you will land on your feet, you will enjoy life again, you will smile again, youwill be a better person, everything will be all right.Job Search Tip of the Day: Is it possible that you are holding yourself back? Are youharboring bitterness and anger over your job loss? Could this be leading to a self-defeating mindset? Maybe it is time to move on and if you really cant, talking thingsover with an employment or career professional might help.Job Search Tip of the Day: Strange days. It used to be, you were expected to learneverything on the job when you came out of school, now it seems you are expected toknow everything to get a job. Your best strategy is, you better keep up on your fieldthrough formal or self-learning in the time you are off.Job Search Tip of the Day: Generally, I have encountered two different mindsets withjob hunters. Mindset Number One: I need a job, Ive gotten jobs before, I will get a job.Mindset Two: I cant get a job because .... Mindset One seems to be the predominatelysuccessful during these troubled times. There are always exceptions, but you MindsetNumber Twos, do what you have to do to get going.Job Search Tip of the Day: I am not denying that there are legitimate money makingopportunities out there, but unfortunately, there are also people out there who prey onthe unemployed. If something sounds too good to be true, if you are definitely not asalesperson type, or if money is wanted up front for promises, use extreme caution andcheck it out carefully. Yes, you could make millions, but you could also lose everything.Job Search Tip of the Day: In regards to answering the interview question, "Tell meabout yourself?” it is best to keep your response professional and achievementoriented. Do not get into irrelevant personal information; you are wasting precious timeand opportunity. Above all else, your answer focus needs to be job/position related.Job Search Tip of the Day: Job hunting progress is measured not in how manyresumes or applications you put in, but how many people are you talking to and, moreimportantly, how many leads or potential openings are you finding. Consistently talkingto the right people and finding openings that are not advertised yet is the standard youwant to measure yourself by.Job Search Tip of the Day: Let me give all the encouragement I can to those of youwho have decided to start doing networking, warm calls, and cold calls. I know it seemslike not only are you being told "No" but the doors are slamming in your face. Cant saythe more you go the easier it gets, but I will say that you will adapt, make the properadjustments, and get through this. Keep going.Job Search Tip of the Day: When there is something wrong, you go to the doctor andthe doctor runs tests to find out the cause. If there is something wrong with your jobhunt, you may need to go to a job search or career professional and see what theproblem is. Having a proper assessment could determine if there is something wrongwith your job target, job search technique, or interview skills and what to do about it.

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